Symposium 2009

Past Symposium 2009:    

Audience Development in Museums and Cultural Sites in Difficult Times: Researching, Defining and Developing the Audience

During difficult times, curators, educators, administrators and programmers involved in cultural sites, such as museums and galleries, and arts and heritage organisations, have fewer supports and resources, yet still retain the need to develop new ideas and to press for innovation. This symposium has been designed to help people to devise strategies that will enable them to think more creatively about what they do, where to source funds, how to attract visitors and to continue to serve people well.

The speakers included Anna Cutler of the Tate Modern; Stuart McLoughlin of Business to Arts; Steven Hadley of Audiences Northern Ireland; Lia Ghilardi of Noema Research and Planning; Damian O’Brien of Fáilte Ireland. The Symposium also included a session on some interesting case studies presented by representatives of Irish cultural centres. It was chaired by the well known historian and media presenter, Myles Dungan, and the arts consultant and media figure, Doireann Ni Bhriain.

The symposium was organised by the Education Department of the National Gallery of Ireland and was held in association with Fáilte Ireland and ICOM (International Committee for Education and Cultural Action).

Symposium proceedings were published in May 2010 - for more information contact:

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2009 Symposium

'Future Forecasting: The Challenges facing Museums & Cultural Institutions'. Thursday 3 November 2011.

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