Since 2015, AMaGA Victoria has hosted the Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum. The event is dedicated to highlighting key issues facing the museum and gallery sector and aims to encourage meaningful dialogue surrounding these topics.
This year's theme is:
FUTURE FOCUS: Collections, people, governance and policy
Delivering future focused services for museums professionals and their visitors
In partnership with Deakin University and City of Melbourne, the 2022 Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum will be held at Deakin Downtown on 17 and 18 May, 9:30am to 4:30pm (with optional post-event networking opportunities to be announced). Please note that online attendance is also an available option.
Day 1: The first day of the program will be held at Deakin Downtown. Our panel of insightful speakers will tackle a number of key themes that have emerged since the pandemic. These include future trends in museums and galleries; the future of collections; future proofing the profession; and what future focused governance and policies in museums and galleries might look like, incorporating new ideas around accessibility, cultural safety, inclusivity, and mental health and wellbeing.
Day 2: The second day of the program will begin with a closing keynote session in the morning, followed by a broader networking and site visit program of collecting organisations located in the City of Melbourne. Of course, we will continue with our robust exchange of ideas and thoughtful discussion about the future of our industry along the way.
Theme: Future Focus
The last two years has left most of us reeling. Many of the plans we had in place prior to the pandemic are now out-of-date and don't come close to capturing the seismic shift our industry has faced.
So, the big question for us all is: Where to now?
- What skills do we need to ensure our workforce can move forward?
- How has the pandemic changed us as GLAM professionals?
- What do we need to review in order to ensure that arts workers are funded, supported and prepared for this new hybrid way of working across collections, venues and from home?
- How do we prepare our graduates and emerging professionals for a future that is largely unknown?
- If the future has so many unknown aspects, where does this leave our succession planning?
- What role can mentoring programs play moving forward?
- How can we create robust governance structures and policy documents that can withstand rapid change, flexible working conditions and more and more project-based and emergency/short term funding cycles?
The Forum will feature national and international guest speakers, lightning presentations and an interactive Q+A.