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#IMACoffeeBreak: Community Co-Curation

08 December | 10:30 - 11:10

Irish Museums Association (IMA)

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Join us for a mid-morning #IMACoffeeBreak focusing on Community Co-Curation.

Community Co-curation prioritises the direct and central involvement of communities. Co-curation projects grant communities curatorial authority over objects, stories, and content creation.


Guest Presenter: Nikki Sullivan

Nikki Sullivan has worked for the History Trust of South Australia as curator at Migration Museum and Manager of Centre of Democracy. Both institutions value the celebration of diversity of culture, location, gender, disability and sexuality. Prior to working for the History Trust, Nikki spent twenty five years in academia where she taught in Gender and Cultural Studies. She has published widely on issues of gender, sexuality and the body, and is passionate about feminist activism. Nikki is a co-author of Queering the Museum, which proposes that museums are predominantly heteronormative and need to be disrupted to better reflect diversity.


Presentation Title: Crafting Community and Connection in a Pandemic.

Nikki’s presentation will provide a brief overview of a craftivism project that she designed and carried out over sixteen months, during her time as Manager, Centre of Democracy. The project, Stitch & Resist, was rolled out via face-to-face workshops, partnerships with community organisations and groups, and online. The aim of the project was three-fold: to facilitate civic engagement, to create safe spaces for discussion and compassionate listening, and to contribute to building and nurturing connection, community, care and wellbeing. At the heart of Stitch & Resist was the question: How can we continue to resist injustice, engage in everyday practices of democracy, and take care of our wellbeing in the midst of a pandemic?

Nikki's 15 minute presentation will be followed by a 15-20 minute discussion and Q&A.


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