Join us at the very heart of the nation in Alice Springs / Mparntwe

We have changed our name! Welcome to the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA). A new name and clear national identity for our association which is celebrating 25 years of supporting our members and advocating for arts, culture and heritage.

Combining elements of our most recent conferences that focused on Museums and Galleries in their Cultural Landscapes (Brisbane 2017) and Museums and Galleries as Agents of Change (Melbourne 2018), in 2019 we travel to the geographical centre of the nation to tackle some of the biggest thematic areas that occupy much of our national conversation. Museums and Galleries are situated at the very centre of that conversation in relation to our place within our communities and the way we are deeply implicated in both a local and national understanding of Australia’s past, present and shared future.

And while focusing on our people, places and practices, there will be opportunity to consider purpose, relevance, diversity, equality, national identity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agency, our various publics and the nature of co-creation, generational transfer of knowledge and much more. Delegates will also be able to explore the majesty and wonder of the Central Australian landscape (with cultural tours and opportunities for day/weekend trips to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and other incredible places) and the people, communities, museums and galleries that call the desert home. Why not plan to stay a few extra days to enjoy all that is on offer in the NT?

The conference closes with the excitement of a contemporary aboriginal desert art fair. The Desert Mob MarketPlace, a signature event in Central Australia, brings together Desart-member art centres from remote communities across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Many Aboriginal artists and arts workers will make their way to Mparntwe/Alice Springs for a three-hour MarketPlace with hundreds of affordable artworks for sale. The vibrant and bustling atmosphere provides an opportunity to meet the artists, hear their stories, and share their culture.

Dr Robin Hirst PSM, President, Museums Galleries Australia, National Council

Mark Crees, Director Araluen Cultural Precinct (NT)

Felicity Green, Manager, Museum of Central Australia (NT)

Bursary applications are now available!

For full details on the bursaries available, and to apply, please visit the AMaGA website.

Countdown to the 2019 Conference

 
 

FEATURE VIDEO

Important Dates

1 March 2019: Close of early bird registration
20 February 2019: Close of bursary applications
February 2019: Program launch

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Keynote speakers announced:
Neil MacGregor OM AO FSA
Shaun Angeles
John Carty
Patrick Dodson
Mikaela Jade
Terri Janke
Jane Lydon
Donna Oxenham
Ben Quilty
Luke Scholes
Mathew Trinca
Keir Winesmith

Keynote Speakers

Neil MacGregor OM AO FSA

Writer and broadcaster, former Director of the National Gallery and the British Museum, London, and Founding Director of the Humboldt Forum, Berlin

Shaun Angeles

Artwe-kenhe (Men’s) Collection Researcher at the Strehlow Research Centre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

John Carty

Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide

Patrick Dodson

Senator for Western Australia
Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Mikaela Jade

CEO and Founder of Indigital
One of the most influential female entrepreneurs in the nation – click here for article

Terri Janke

Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company

Jane Lydon

Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, The University of Western Australia

Donna Oxenham

Researcher, State Library of Western Australia

Ben Quilty

Australian artist and social commentator, recipient of the: the 2014 Prudential Eye Award, 2011 Archibald Prize and 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Luke Scholes

Curator of Aboriginal Art, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Mathew Trinca

Director of the National Museum of Australia and Co-Chair of the Australia Singapore Arts Group

Keir Winesmith

Chief Technology Officer at Old Ways, New, Professor of Practice at UNSW Art & Design and principal at Winesmith Digital Studio