IMA Annual Conference

2018 Irish Museums Association Annual Conference

Collecting The 'Now'

10 and 11 May, Dublin

  • DAY 1 - THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018

    10:30 – 11:00 

    Registration and tea/coffee, Minerva Suite, RDS, Dublin

    11:00 – 11:30  

    Welcome and launch of proceedings by William Blair, Chair, Irish Museums Association    11:30– 13:00   Contemporary collecting in the dock: cross-examining our practice Hannah Crowdy Head of Curatorial, National Museums Northern Ireland A Byte of the record: collecting the now in digital form  Joanna Finegan Assistant Keeper of Digital Collections, National Library of Ireland Emerging modes of collecting Johanne Mullan Collections Programmer, Irish Museum of Modern Art

    Moderator: Dr Riann Coulter Curator, FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio   

    13:00 – 14:00     


    14:00 –15:30 

    Minor histories, major rewards: The importance and benefits of collecting marginal histories at Cork Public Museum Daniel Breen Acting Curator, Cork Public Museum A contemporary national collection Eamonn Maxwell Curator and Cultural Consultant, and Collection Adviser, Arts Council of Ireland The meaning of contemporary artist’s materials and their longevity Ele von Monschaw Easel Paintings Conservator-Restorer, National Gallery of Ireland   Moderator: Marie McMahon, Museum Curator, Tipperary County Museum   

    15:30 - 16:00 

    Tea/coffee Break

    16:00 - 16:45 

    Corinna Gardner Senior Curator of Design and Digital, Victoria and Albert Museum. Moderator and vote of thanks: Gina O’Kelly Director of Operations, Irish Museums Association

    18:30 - 19:30: 

    Networking event: Site visit and highlights tour of Little Museum of Dublin. 'Beind the scenes' talk by Sarah Costigan, Deputy Director.


    Conference Dinner, The Boulevard Café, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

  • DAY 2 - FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018

    09:15 – 09:30      

    Registration, Minerva Suite, RDS, Dublin

    09:30 -  09:45  

    Welcome by William Blair Chair, Irish Museums Association    

    09:45 – 11:15       

    Living more with less  Briony Widdis PhD Candidate : 'Engaging the Past' Research Group, Ulster University Collecting the ‘Now’ by learning from our past. Brenda Malone historian and museum professional, National Museum of Ireland The Future of film is Bytes- The IFI Irish Film Archive a digital case study Kassandra O'Connell Head of the IFI Irish Film Archive

    Moderator: Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Associate Professor, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin.

    11:15 - 11:45 

    Tea/Coffee break   

    11:45 – 12:45 

    The contemporary collection of design & applied arts in the National Museum of Ireland, from 2000 to present day Dr Audrey Whitty Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts, Design and History), National Museum of Ireland RDS Library and Archives: Looking to the future  Senan Healy, RDS Library and Information Systems Manager, RDS Library & Archive

    Moderator: Rosemary Ryan, Keeper - Bishop's Palace, Waterford Treasures - three museums in the Viking Triangle

    12:45 – 14:00 


    14:00 – 15:30

     Collecting through participation and engagement  Owain Rhys Community Engagement and Participation Manager, National Museum Wales    Panel: Contemporary collecting processes Charles Duggan Heritage Officer, Dublin City Council; Dr Linda King Lecturer in Design and Visual Culture, Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies, The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Dún Laoghaire; Dr Karen Logan Project Curator, National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI)   Moderator: Lar Joye, Port Heritage Director, Dublin Port Authority   

    15:30 – 16:05 


    16:05 - 16:45 

    Fatbergs and other precious items, contemporary collecting at the Museum of London Finbarr Whooley Director of Content, Museum of London Introduction and closing remarks by William Blair Chair, Irish Museums Association