A panel discussion which covers some of the issues raised at In(ter)ventions will be taking place at the Courtauld next month, for those who might be interested. Entry is open to all and admission is free.
A Future for Regional Museums?
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN
Today, many regional museums – especially those under the control of Local Authorities – are weathering a financial and managerial crisis: subjected to cuts in funding, drastically reduced staffing and shrinking opening times. The contents of these museums and galleries, accumulated through the generosity of donors over the last 150 years, may soon be denied to their local populations and the public at large.
This urgent discussion addresses the current situation faced by regional museums and examines a number of emerging responses, asking whether any of them offer the answers that these longstanding and vital public institutions really need.
Paul Greenhalgh (Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich)
Ellen McAdam (Director, Birmingham Museums Trust)
Sarah Philp (Head of Programmes, The Art Fund)
Sharon Heal (Director, Museums Association)
Piotr Bienkowski (Independent Museum Consultant)
Chair, Giles Waterfield (Curator and Author)
This event is organised to coincide with ‘Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial Northwest’, an exhibition of objects from Lancashire collections showing at Two Temple Place, London, until 19 April: www.twotempleplace.org/exhibitions/current/
Organised by Jack Hartnell and Martin Caiger-Smith (The Courtauld Institute of Art)