4 September 2017


16th September 2017, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
Free entry

How do museums engage with their colonial legacies? What modes of research and display have been tried and negotiated in different disciplinary settings in Europe? What can visitor reactions tell us about the public discourses and memory politics surrounding this sensitive topic? The conference offers a platform to discuss these and many more questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is organised in the framework of the exhibition “The Blind Spot. Bremen, Colonialism and Art” (5 August to 19 November 2017) at the Kunsthalle Bremen

The conference invites academics, museum professionals and everyone interested in the topic to participate in the current debate about the ways in which to tackle colonialism in museums. Alexis von Poser, curator of the exhibition “Heikles Erbe” (2016-2017) at the Landesmuseum Hannover and Heike Hartmann, curator of the exhibition “Deutscher Kolonialismus” / ”German Colonialism” (2016-2017) at the German Historical Museum Berlin, give a look behind the scenes. They reflect on their (collaborative) research and exhibition processes and discuss the reactions to the exhibitions by the visitors and the press. International guests such as Tanya Barson, curator of the exhibition "Afro Modern. Journeys through the Black Atlantic" (2010) at the Tate Liverpool, give an insight into projects in other European countries. The art historian Kea Wienand (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) examines German colonial history as topic and reference point for postcolonial art. In his keynote speech, Wayne Modest, Professor for Material Culture Studies and Head of Research at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, addresses not only the obstacles and conflicts, but also the potentials of engaging with colonial legacies and postcolonial topics in museums.

The presentations will be given in German and English.

09:30 a.m.:      Welcome Receptio
10 a.m.:           Welcome Address by Christoph Grunenberg, Direktor der Kunsthalle Bremen
10:30 a.m.:      Keynote: Wayne Modest, Professor for Material Culture Studies & Head of Research Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
11:30–12:15: Alexis von Poser, Curator of the exhibition „Heikles Erbe. Koloniale Spuren bis heute“ (2016–2017), Landesmuseum Hannover
12:15–13:00 Uhr: Heike Hartmann, Curator of the exhibition „German Colonialism. Fragments Past and Present“ (2016–2017), Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin
Discussant: Ndzozo Awono, Doctoral Candidate, University of Hamburg, Project “Colonial Traces in the Übersee-Museum Bremen“
13:00–14:30 p.m.: Lunch break
14:30–15:15 p.m. Tanya Barson, Curator of the exhibition „Afro Modern. Journeys through the Black Atlantic“ (2010), Tate Liverpool
15:15–16:00 p.m.: Kea Wienand, „Künstlerische Formen der Erinnerung an ‚deutsche’ Kolonialgeschichte“, Carl von Ossietzky Universität OldenburgDiscussant: Ngozi Schommers, artist, living and working in Bremen and Ghana
16:00–16:30 p.m.: Coffee break
16:30–17:15 Uhr: Julia Binter, Curator of the exhibition “The Blind Spot. Bremen, Colonialism and Art“ (2017), Kunsthalle Bremer
Discussant: tba 
17:15–18:30 p.m.: Visit to the Town Hall and Hew Locke’s installation „Cui Bono“ (2017), concluding discussion.
Discussant: Virginie Kamche, Promoter for Migration, Diaspora and Development; Afrika Netzwerk Bremen e.V. / Africa Network Bremen

World Cultures Sharing Day at Derby Museum and Art Gallery

MEG members are invited to a World Cultures Sharing Day, at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on Monday 25th September, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery are in the early stages of a two year co-produced exhibition to share objects from around the world, looking to understand the collection in past and current world contexts, to encourage debate and discussion and to strengthen our relationship with many the diverse communities in Derby.

A main focus of the exhibition will be the world cultures collection - Derby have a small but interesting collection of around 1,500 objects from all over the world, particularly Africa and Oceania but also Asia, the Middle East, South America and North America. Much of it is being researched for the first time for this exhibition, by a team of volunteer researchers and interested specialists.

You are invited for a day of informal discussion and activity. Derby would like to share some of the objects from store and their co-production approach with the exhibition so far. There will be opportunity to hear about other world cultures related projects going on in the UK, meet with other specialists and discuss ideas for collaboration.

The event is free and there will be light refreshments. There is a range of great cafes and sandwich shops close by for lunch.

Please contact Rachel Atherton, Co-production Curator to book your place. 
TELEPHONE +44 (0)1332 641906 www.derbymuseums.org

Job Vacancy; Project co-ordinator

The Higgins Bedford is recruiting a full time Project Co-ordinator for 12 months to deliver an exciting community engagement programme to local schools and communities. The successful candidate will  engage and involve local people in our recently launched ‘Voices – Different Pasts, Shared Futures’ display which documents some of the experiences and cultures of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants who have settled in Bedford. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with strong background in community engagement and working with diverse communities; a proven track record of delivering successful projects on time and within budget in a community setting; and, experience of delivering outreach activity.

To apply http://www.bedford.gov.uk/jobs_and_careers/current_vacancies/project_co-ordinator.aspx
Closing date 8th September 2017

Ethnographic collection disposal

Canterbury Museums and Galleries have a large and varied ethnographic collection, much of which is currently on display in The Beaney. We have recently undertaken a review of this collection and consequently identified that 37 objects do not fit our Collections Development Policy. These items have therefore been earmarked for disposal, and are now in need of good homes. We ask that collectors arrange for the collection and transportation of objects.

25 July 2017

SSN Islamic Art and Culture - Specialist Support Scheme

SSN Islamic Art and Material Culture  has just launched the third and final year of its Specialist Support Scheme. This is open to any museum in the UK that has an Islamic Art and Material Culture collection. The specialist support scheme aims to provide regional museums with a toolkit to help them unlock the potential of their collections of Islamic Art & Material Culture (IAMC) and use them to engage with new and diverse audiences.

Museums can apply for up to £5075 of support. The closing date for all applications is 7th August 2017For information on Year 1 and 2 of the Support Scheme please see:

This is the final year of this scheme under current funding and so we would encourage all interested parties to apply, including those who have not been successful in previous rounds.

24 July 2017

Curatorial Development Opportunity from the Art Fund

The Art Fund are pleased to be partnering once again with Whitechapel Gallery to offer a series of professional development courses for curators and museum professionals this autumn.
This series is targeted at both early-career and more experienced curators, whether new to the topic or wishing to refresh and expand their existing knowledge. These hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders. Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies, allowing attendees to gain valuable guidance and insight from behind the scenes.

Taking place in October and November 2017, the courses will cover the following topics:

·         How to curate talks and events, Friday 13 October
·         How to write about art, Friday 20 October 
·         How to curate the moving image , Friday 27 October
·         How to fundraise: individual giving, Friday 3 November 
·         How to handle and install art, Friday 10 November
·         How to fundraise: writing grant applications, Friday 17 November

Places normally cost £195, but curators and museum professionals are invited to apply for one of 34 funded places offered by the Art Fund. 

Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2017

16-18 November, Manchester

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

This year's event is packed with content - including three fantastic themes on Audiences, Collections and Workforce. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster, Francesca Martinez, comedian and writer, Jeremy Deller, TurnerPrize-winning artist and Jenny Waldman, director, 14-18 NOW.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training - all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see The Whitworth Art Gallery, Museum of Science andIndustry and network at People's History Museum.

Look out for the Festival of Change, which offers a playful, creative physical presence throughout this year’s event, embodying the mission of Transformers, our workforce initiative to encourage radical change in museums.

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries in Manchester with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 16 August 2017.