Early Bird Registration!

6 May 2019

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photograph: Pieter Naessens

The 21st Century Art Museum: Is Context Everything?
Sydney, 15–17 November

CIMAM is pleased to open registration to its 2019 Annual Conference hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) on 15–17 November.

Registration Formlimited early bird tickets until 20 May!
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Register to join over 200 directors, curators and art professionals of modern and contemporary art museums from around the world to discuss issues of common concern, network with colleagues and learn about the site and local artists of the hosting city.

This year’s conference titled The 21st Century Art Museum: Is Context Everything? will address the evolving relationship between core museological practices and values and the necessary responsiveness of museums to context in their drive to remain relevant, innovative and accessible.

The presentations and discussions will be framed by the context of Sydney, acknowledging conflicting histories of cultural ownership, indigeneity, and place – topics that define the cultural landscape of Australia. Looking out from the east coast of Australia to the Asia Pacific region and beyond, the conference will reflect upon questions and topics that are urgent to museums across the globe.

Keynote speakers include on Day 1 Bruce Pascoe, Aboriginal writer and anthropologist discussing Challenging the Narrative: Indigenous Perspectives; on Day 2 Franklin Sirmans, Director Perez Art Museum Miami looking at the Future of Collections and on Day 3 Sally Tallant, Director Queens Museum, New York examining how institutions can go Beyond the Walls.

Post Conference Tour:
Meeanjin & Minjerribah
(Brisbane & North Stradbroke Island)
18–19 November


The two-day optional program includes visits to: Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) – one of the leading institutions for Australian and Asian-Pacific contemporary art, Milani Gallery and Artist Studios – one of the best galleries in Brisbane with a newly refurbished space, and Institute of Modern Art – the oldest contemporary art space in Australia.

The program will conclude with guided tours by Aboriginal custodians on country, where you will have the opportunity to experience Aboriginal culture on a return day cruise from Meeanjin (Brisbane CBD) to Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island).

For further information regarding the post-conference tour and to secure your spot please click here. Please note spaces are limited.

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