Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Artists in Collections

Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Artists in Collections Helen Snell, Liferaft Goggles, 2012

Join us on Wednesday 14 May 2014 at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff to examine interesting ways that artists can work with museum collections.


Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Artists in Collections
10am – 4.30pm, Wednesday 14 May, 2014
National Museum Wales
Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

This day-long symposium, for artists, curators and museum professionals, examines how artists can work with museum collections to both extend and enhance artists' practice and open collections up in new and interesting ways.

Artists can have a vital role in activating collections and thinking differently about their meanings and what they might have to offer a wide and varied public. More and more, the work they do in museums is changing the nature of engagement with collections, as they involve participants and seek ways to make collections more permeable. The potential of the artist’s creative eye to unmoor established interpretations can open the door to a more interactive and fluid interpretation of objects and act as a powerful tool for audience engagement.

The day will look at interesting projects and the technologies being used to animate collections. It will also offer practical advice on collaborative working, brokering partnerships and sources of funding.

The event will include:

  • James Putnam, curator and writer, discussing shifts in the way that artists are working with museum collections and their role in activating engagement.
  • Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art at the National Museum of Wales, in conversation with artist Sarah Younan about their collaboration and what artists can bring to the interpretation of collections.
  • Jon Monaghan, artist and animator, leading a workshop on 3d printing as a tool for creating user-generated content.
  • Artist Helen Snell, talking about collaboration and what it's like to work in the 'institution' of a museum.
  • Emma Price, independent art consultant, offering practical advice on developing projects that utilise museum collections.

This event is free to attend but places are limited so booking is essential

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For more information contact Alicia Miller, Axisweb Associate in Wales: [email protected]

 An Axisweb symposium, in partnership with the National Museum Wales and supported by the Arts Council of Wales

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Related links

Watch our film with artist Sarah Younan >

Read Notes from Wales >