May 05, 2022

Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum 2022: Full Program Announced

We're thrilled to announce our full program for the 2022 edition of the Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum!

This years' theme is on 'FUTURE FOCUS: Collections, people, governance and policy'.

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 post-event networking drinks on day one at the Hightail BarPlease 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.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Keir Winesmith, Tim Fairfax Head of Digital, National Gallery of Australia.
  • Dr Mike Jones, Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Deep History, School of History, Australian National University.
  • Caroline Bowditch, CEO/Artistic Director, Arts Access Victoria.
  • Dr Shannon Faulkhead, Head, First Peoples Department, Museums Victoria and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University.
  • Monica Galassi, PhD Candidate at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Research Associate at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research (JIIER).
  • Mike Murawski, Independent consultant, educator, change leader, author.
  • Nina Earl, Assistant Curator, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney.
  • Jamie Marloo Thomas, Co-Founder, Wayapa Wuurrk.
  • Dr Luke Keogh, Historian and Lecturer, Museum Studies and History Programs, Deakin University.
  • Steve Cooke, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University.
  • Dr Nicole Tse, Research and Teaching team at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, and Discipline Chair of the Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation.
  • Jackie Fraser, Project Manager, Regional Collections Access Program, Australian Museums and Galleries Association, Victoria.
  • Forbes Hawkins, Senior Digital Systems Developer, Museums Victoria.
  • Sarah-Jane Rennie, Coordinator of Collections Care, Sydney Living Museums.

Day 2 site visits include: 

  • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Immigration Museum
  • RMIT Gallery
  • Koorie Heritage Trust 
  • Australian Sports Museum
  • Her Place Museum 
  • Old Melbourne Gaol 
  • The Arts Center

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Bookings are now open. Cost: In person members $150, non-members $225, students $150. Online tickets members $100, non-members $170, students $100