Today’s museums are working towards being more inclusive, encouraging participation and a greater diversity of audiences, ideas and perspectives. For visitors to feel empowered, cultural institutions must be safe spaces to meet and engage with the art but also with the community.
From community-oriented small museums to large-scale ‘hands-on’ exhibitions in larger institutions, we are witnessing a heightened importance in active engagement with audiences. Challenges remain as museums strive to meet with their audiences in genuinely participatory ways. The pressure is on museums to be more representative and to embrace community involvement.
Across a five-day programme of events, debates, workshops, talks and tours, you will discover the best museum participation initiatives, the most challenging collaborations, and the most insightful successes (and failures) in the fields of communications, education and audience engagement.
Programme subject to change
Pre-conference day (optional)