Stockholm 2018: Report and Videos Online

14 January 2019

Moderna Museet, Sweden

CIMAM's 2018 Conference Report includes information about the number of delegates, the budget and support received towards the conference organization, the reports of the 36 professionals awarded with a travel grant, the press clipping, a summary of the feedback received from participants and a selection of photos. The videos of the conference presentations are already available on CIMAM TV.

Conference Report

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Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, President of CIMAM and Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

Report from Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, President of CIMAM

A few weeks after CIMAM's Annual Conference in Stockholm, I have been reflecting on the importance of the discussions held during the three-day conference where the complexities of changing political and economic realities leading to many challenges for museums of modern and contemporary art were considered from a variety of standpoints.

These challenges including sustainability, technology, autonomy, accountability, and accessibility were covered by the keynote and perspective speakers. The opportunity for further discussion with the contributors during the daily panel discussions and during the workshops has been highlighted as a key benefit for delegates. Increasing the time dedicated to group discussion and interaction will be one of the objectives for CIMAM 2019.

We had a fruitful feedback session on day three where the board could hear comments and proposals from members about CIMAM and its programs, in particular, Museum Watch which is increasingly important. The amendments to the Bylaws were approved at the Extraordinary General Assembly. The session ended with a call for CIMAM to continue to expand its global network and area of influence as well as the development of its programs. I am pleased to announce that this is already on our agenda for next year. The Museum Watch Committee will work on the program scope, the board and office will run an outreach campaign for several programs, and the new CIMAM website will provide an efficient communication tool, more functional and including more features such as a discussion forum for members.

The presence at our meeting of an ICOM Board Member, Carlos Brandão, was especially significant in emphasizing our positive and collaborative relationship while reinforcing the common values and objectives that connect our organizations.

I would like to finish by thanking again the many individuals and institutions that made possible the CIMAM 2018 Annual Conference and post-tours to Norway and Finland. I am also deeply grateful to the travel grant funders that generously supported the attendance of 36 young professionals and the dozens of international participants who travelled from all over the world to Stockholm to take part in this important meeting.

I look forward to welcoming you all to Sydney next November 2019 where we are already working to offer you a vibrant program of visits and stimulating debates.

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
President of CIMAM
Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Conference Report