Why Exhibitions? Strategies, audiences, and future directions
A joint Subject Specialist Networks conference (21-22 Feb. 2018)
Venues: Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, London and National Gallery, London
To watch a brief film of highlights produced by Chocolate Films please click on the image above. Audio recordings of all papers are available here.
This joint conference examined the motivations behind exhibition programming, the practical challenges, and the future of exhibitions. For example, do UK museums have the in-house expertise to generate scholarly, audience-responsive, profitable exhibitions? How do they accommodate the demands of various stakeholders – curators, marketing and learning teams, audiences, and funders? And if the future is digital, what will audiences lose (and gain) by a virtual – rather than physical – engagement with museums and their collections? The conference panels addressed these and many other questions around the decision-making, delivery, and consumption of temporary exhibitions.
The conference keynote speaker was Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool, and the panels were chaired by Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery; Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery; and Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain. The programme included panel discussions, private views, and time to meet fellow delegates at Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery.
For a copy of the programme please click here.