Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Conference

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Join us at the very heart of the nation in Alice Springs / Mparntwe for the annual Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Conference.

Date: Monday 13th – Friday 17th May, 2019

Location: Araluen Arts Centre & Alice Springs Convention Centre



Combining elements of our most recent conferences that focused on Museums and Galleries in their Cultural Landscapes (Brisbane 2017) and Museums and Galleries as Agents of Change (Melbourne 2018), in 2019 we travel to the geographical centre of the nation to tackle some of the biggest thematic areas that occupy much of our national conversation. Museums and Galleries are situated at the very centre of that conversation in relation to our place within our communities and the way we are deeply implicated in both a local and national understanding of Australia’s past, present and shared future.

And while focusing on our people, places and practices, there will be opportunity to consider purpose, relevance, diversity, equality, national identity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agency, our various publics and the nature of co-creation, generational transfer of knowledge and much more. Delegates will also be able to explore the majesty and wonder of the Central Australian landscape (with cultural tours and opportunities for day/weekend trips to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and other incredible places) and the people, communities, museums and galleries that call the desert home.

The conference closes with the excitement of a contemporary Aboriginal desert art fair. The Desert Mob MarketPlace, a signature event in Central Australia, brings together Desart-member art centres from remote communities across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Many Aboriginal artists and arts workers will make their way to Mparntwe/Alice Springs for a three-hour MarketPlace with hundreds of affordable artworks for sale. The vibrant and bustling atmosphere provides an opportunity to meet the artists, hear their stories, and share their culture.

Dr Robin Hirst PSM, President, Museums Galleries Australia, National Council

Mark Crees, Director Araluen Cultural Precinct (NT)

Felicity Green, Manager, Museum of Central Australia (NT)

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