Contemporary Museum and Gallery Education practices:
Local Communities meet Global Narratives
May 22-23, 2015
Point Centre for Contemporary Art
in collaboration with the University of Nicosia, Fine Arts Programme
and with the support and participation of the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab, Dept. of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology
Conference Abstract booklet. You can view the full list of abstracts.
Review of conference. A link to a review of the conference by Dr. Esther Sayers, Lecturer in Arts in Education, Centre for Arts and Learning, Goldsmiths College, a presenter at the conference.
Conference Facebook event
More on the Point-Eleneio project- http://artedupractices.org/
Increasing attention is being placed on the social responsibility of contemporary museums and galleries. The implementation of social responsibility projects and community outreach is often carried out through an institution’s education department. Museums and galleries are no longer largely focused on what they present (collections and artworks) but also on the people of their locality and on ways to involve them in their practices. Galleries and museums have never before involved as many individuals through their diverse programming structures, and fostered so many cross-institutional collaborations. This could in fact be interpreted as a direct result of the changing structure of funding mechanisms that have increasingly placed more emphasis on the involvement of diverse social groups and new communities. The need to sing to the tune of multiculturalism, variously defined, has brought museum and gallery educational narratives that aim to represent the voices of minority and marginalized social groups. At the same time, the notion of cultural diversity has been embraced by institutions even as the role of centres of art and culture in processes of regeneration and gentrification is acknowledged and accepted as a complicated one.
This conference, hosted by Point Centre for Contemporary Art and the University of Nicosia, is organised in connection, and in reflection upon Point’s collaboration with a local elementary school (the Eleneio Municipal School in Nicosia, Cyprus) for a local EEA-funded programme entitled “Promoting Anti-Discrimination through Arts Education for the Local Community.” The conference wishes to map out relevant knowledge, and bring about the sharing of good practices, educational and social theory, critical thinking, and on-the-ground expertise between scholars, professionals, and practitioners.
The conference takes off from questions such as the following:
How can gallery and museum education programmes meaningfully address the needs of the local community?
What is the role of educational programmes in making a difference to local patterns of segregation, pedagogical structures and processes of meaningful engagement?
How can such programmes contribute to the building of values of citizenship, and at the same time constructively challenge how citizenship is defined, and the top-bottom institutional practices related to it?
The conference wishes to expand on the following themes:
Art-centres, galleries, and museums activating and addressing the needs of communities.
The importance of engaging the local community, and ways of doing so.
The pitfalls of multiculturalism discourse in educational practices.
Educational programmes tailored to the needs of the local community.
Collaborations between art-institutions and schools.
Art-centre, gallery, and museum pedagogical practices engaging diverse social groups.
Local museum education narratives in a global culture market.
Discussions of specific thematic methodologies (e.g. regarding sound, architecture, preoccupation with the archive etc) addressing diversity in the context of museum education.
How theories and histories of education relate to these issues.
No payment is required to attend or present at the conference.
A certificate will be issued by Point Centre for Contemporary Art and the University of Nicosia for all the presenters.