Museums as civic spaces: Insights from UK at global museums meet

As part of the eighth international conference on the Inclusive Museum, the British Council has partnered with International Council Of Museums (ICOM)  to present two speakers from the UK for the ICOM 2015: Charles Landry and Emily Pringle. They will be presenting their talks on the concept of museums as civic spaces at the National Science Museum in New Delhi and then travel to Kolkata for a discussion on inclusive cultural leadership.  They share their insights from their talk.

About the speakers:

Emily Pringle

Emily Pringle

Emily Pringle, is the Head of Learning and Research Practice at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, UK.  She has an interest in the role of the artist in education contexts and in developing creative and sustainable research and evaluation models.
About Emily’s talk: Titled ‘Reflecting on museum practice: Values-led research and collaboration at Tate’, Emily’s talk will address the importance of implementing research and reflective practice in order to raise the quality of the work that museums do with communities and key collaborators. Emily says: “Drawing on the experience of Tate Gallery’s Learning department in London I will describe how we have established a values-led approach to our practice, highlighting the benefits (and the challenges) that this has brought to our work.”

Charles Landry

Charles Landry

Charles Landry is the Director, Comedia and Inventor of Creative City and Creative City Index.  He is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late ’80s. This became a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.
About Charles’ talk:
Charles’s talk will give an overview on the importance of the museum in our daily lives, as places of connection; places of possibility; and places of inspiration. He says, “The challenge for museums and galleries is to harness their physical assets – artefacts, pictures or documents – with their imaginative resources which lie with museum workers.” Charles stresses on the nature of museums and their free spirit and the potential of learning.

The speakers will be part of the Inclusive Museums Conference between August 7-9, National Science Centre, New Delhi . They will also be part of a discussion on “Inclusive Cultural Leadership being held at the Indian Museum in Kolkata on 12 August. More information is available here.

Post by: Debesh Banerjee

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