European Commission - 7th Framework Programme European Museums and Libraries in/of the age of migrations last updated: February 2015

The Porous Museum: Making Connections, Building Partnerships

22-25 February 2013

Kilkenny, Ireland | Kilkenny Castle

The IMA Conference will build on the national emphasis that has been placed on the Irish diaspora in 2013 - enacting its own 'gathering' of professionals that recognizes and promotes the powerful networks and affinities which distinguish the Irish museum community. In sessions which foreground domestic and international flows of professional expertise, learning and cooperation - between Irish museums and their international counterparts - this conference will explore the relationships that enervate and strengthen Ireland's cultural institutions.
Following on from the IMA's 2012 conference 'Rising to the Challenge', invited speakers and conference participants will share their experiences and expertise on a wide range of topics, including: enhancing links and networks to academia and partner institutions; professional development pathways and international exchange opportunities; interfaces between exhibitions and education; promoting public access and developing our audiences; responding to and transforming through public reform processes.
The IMA is inviting submissions for the Members' papers session, due to be held on the 22 February 2013 from 12 noon - 2pm. If you are interested in making a 15 minute presentation, please email the Conference Sub-Committee with a title, short biography (150 words) and 150-200 word abstract before 5pm on 11 January 2013.
Members' Papers will be short presentations by IMA Members on the conference theme 'The Porous Museum: Making Connections, Building Partnerships' to cover any area of museum practice including, collections and exhibitions, education and audiences, buildings and operations.
Please note that selected speakers must register for the conference, daily fees start as low as €20.

Guest Speakers:
  • Dr Brian Kennedy, Director, Toledo Museum of Art
  • Robert Storr, Dean, Yale University School of Art
  • Mark Taylor, Director, Museums Association UK
  • Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland
  • Geri Thomas, President, Thompson Associates (
  • Dr Vicki Porter, Head of Discovery and Engagement, The Wellcome Trust
  • Kieran Burns, House of European History, Brussels
  • Dr Emily Mark Fitzgerald, School of Art History & Cultural Policy, UCD
  • Alan Kirwan, Culture Section, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.

Enquiries to IMA Administrator Ms Gina O'Kelly at +353-1-4120939 or by email.



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