IMA Forums are learning opportunities to share experience of working in museums with colleagues from across the Irish museums sector.
The longest established Forum has a focus on Education and Outreach, held since 2005. It is held in early July each year and is a mix of short papers by members, an invited speaker or group on a particular topic, and plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.
Thursday 6 July 2017, 09:30-16:00
AV Lecture Theatre, National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, D7
The annual Education and Outreach forum has firmly established itself as a key event in the calendar for museum educators to meet and discuss topics of interest to their programmes. From resources to individual projects, the IMA education and access forum provides an informal platform and learning exchange opportunity to share findings and engage with colleagues working in museums, galleries and cultural institutions. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas, where a lasting contribution can be made to the development of education in the museum context.
Speakers are selected from an open call for papers and will be presenting examples of new and innovative access, outreach / education project that is happening on the ground - or have an example of creative engagement and learning - in museums and galleries across Ireland and the UK:
‘Finding a Voice': Dermot Bolger, Writer in Residence Lorraine Comer, Head of Education, and Eimir O'Brien, Museum Educator, National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History
Navigating the Urban Landscape - engaging with teenagers living in direct provision Tadhg Crowley, Curator of Education, Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Online learning at Dublinia Sheila Dooley, Curator, Education and Exhibitions Officer, Dublinia
Playful Museum - fun for under 5s! Beth Frazer, Programme Coordinator, Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC)
Painting Pictures in my mind: supporting health and wellbeing through heritage Elaine Hill, Heritage Development Officer, Mid and East Antrim Museum Services
Experiencing cultural heritage - creative drama in museum education Dr Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewka, Education Coordinator / Seamus Quinn, Dramatherapist, Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin
A Tale of Two Houses - Castletown and Casino Marino as case studies for education and outreach Pauline Kennedy, Supervisor Guide, Office of Public Works
Kids ‘Take Over' Garter Lane Arts Centre and Galway City Museum Aoibhie McCarthy, Visual Arts & Outreach Manager, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford and Brendan McGowan, Education and Outreach Officer, Galway City Museum
The Azure Network: collaborating towards greater inclusion of people with dementia in museums and galleries in Ireland Caroline Orr, Curator Engagement and Learning Department, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Bairbre-Ann Harkin, Education Curator, Butler Gallery
Experimenting with programming about experimental archaeology during Science Week 2016 Siobhan Pierce, Education Officer, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
Moderators: Brian Crowley, Pearse Museum - OPW, and Rosemary Ryan, Waterford Treasures - three museums in the Viking Triangle
Convenor: Gina O'Kelly, Irish Museums Association
Click here to download and view the speakers' biographies and presentation abstracts.
Click here to visit the event registration page and book your place.
The IMA is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and The Heritage Council. This forum is additionally supported by the National Museum of Ireland who generously provide the IMA forum with use of their lecture theatre.