May 10, 2021

2021 Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum Speakers Announced

Speakers 2021 Forum

In 2021 the Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum will be held on Tuesday 20 July at ACMI and online. The 'Digital Literacy – Audience Engagement and the Visitor Experience' theme will  address issues around how can we encourage and build digital literacy within our cultural institutions.

The Forum will feature national and international guest speakers, lightning presentations and a panel discussion concluding with an interactive Q+A. The Forum will also hold AMaGA Victoria AGM for members, virtual reality demonstrations and ACMI Tour.

We're thrilled to announce our first confirmed speakers for the 2021 edition of the Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum.

Speakers include:

Jane Finnis – Culture24
Leading Culture24, Jane is an entrepreneurial, collaborative and persuasive digital expert with over 30 years’ experience at a senior level leading new thinking and practice in the convergence of arts, culture and technology. Key projects at Culture24 include: Let’s Get RealOne by OneEmerge Lates Festival,  Museum Crush and VanGoYourself.  In 2020 she published The Digital Transformation agenda and GLAMs – a post-COVID strategic report for the Europeana Foundation to help them understand how to support digital capacity building across their network.

Seb Chan + Lucie Paterson - ACMI
Seb Chan is Chief Experience Officer at ACMI in Melbourne. He is the senior executive responsible for the Experience & Engagement division of the museum guiding teams responsible for visitor experience, marketing, brand & communication design, digital products, technology, and the museum’s collections, digitisation & digital preservation programs.

Lucie Paterson is at the forefront of change and innovation in the museum field. With twelve years’ experience at leading cultural organisations, including Te Papa in New Zealand, Southbank Centre in London and now as Head of Experience, Product & Digital at ACMI in Melbourne. Lucie’s work shapes the exhibitions and experiences that will lead our sector into the future.

Brett Leavy – Bilbie Virtual Lab
Founder of Bilbie Virtual Lab, Brett is a self-motivated virtual heritage innovator, a First Nations, Digital Aboriginal and descends from the Kooma people who has dedicated his working life to cultural knowledge recording and the industry of communications. His digital work seeks to represent the arts, cultural stories, heritage, traditional knowledge and histories of First Nation people using new, immersive and interactive technologies.

Jo Coldwell-Neilson - Deakin University
Jo is Associate Dean Teaching and Learning and Professor in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University. She is well known for her work on digital literacy, gender issues in IT, and educational technology implementation.

Natalie Carfora – MOD
Natalie is an exhibitions coordinator at MOD., a future-focused interactive public museum of discovery and creative space, inspiring youth engagement in science. In her role at MOD, she is responsible for the design and production of exhibitions. Passionate about audience engagement, in particular through the use of digital technologies, Natalie strives to create exhibitions that provide engaging visitor experiences.

Indigo Holcombe-James - RMIT
Indigo is a postdoctoral research fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making & Society, located in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. Indigo researches digital inclusion and cultural institutions and has recently published 'COVID-19, digital inclusion, and the Australian cultural sector' report. 

Rachel Jones - Whitehorse City Council
Rachel has worked within the arts and cultural space for 20 years, predominantly working in the local government and not for profit sectors, and as an artist.

Karina Lamb - Manager Libraries, Arts & Culture, Mornington Peninsula Shire
Karina is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of four departments incorporating Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG), Arts and Cultural Development, Libraries and Local History, including the support of local community museums. From 5 July, Karina begins in the new position of Manager Arts and Libraries for the City of Monash.

Bookings are now open. More speakers and full program to be announced in the next few weeks. Visit our Forum page and social media for updates using #AMaGAVic2021 #DigitalLiteracy hashtag.

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