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Draft Program*

Sunday 12 May 2019
2.00pm-5.00pm AMaGA National Council Part 1 Central Craft
Monday 13 May 2019 – RR&C Day (Part 1)
9.00am-12.30pm AMaGA National Council Part 2 Central Craft
1.30pm-5.00pm CAMD Part 1 Public Programs / Boardroom (MCA)
9.00am-11.00am Tour: Alice to Mparntwe Town Library
9.30am-11.00am Tour: A walking tour of heritage sites in the CBD, Alex Nelson John Flynn Church lawns (Todd Mall)
11.30am-12.30pm Tour: Middle of no-where is the centre of everything, Megg Kelham ANZAC Hill
12.30pm Registration Araluen Theatre Foyer
1.30pm-2.15pm Welcome and opening plenary
RR&C Keynote: Mikaela Jade, Indigital
Araluen Theatre
2.15pm-3.05pm RR&C 1A
Room: Araluen Theatre
Room: Witchetty’s
2.15pm Practice at the centre: Building and sustaining progressive South Australian community museums and historical groups, Amanda James, History Trust of South Australia Curator’s Perspective: a journey of discovery and shared experience, Lynette Nilaweera, Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, and Brooke Wandin, Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation
2.40pm The curator, the creative and the pragmatist, Jessica Winters and Ian Wilson, Shire of Manjimup, and Rikki Clarke, Creative Spaces Engaging community members as collaborators and citizen curators, Erin Wilson, Devonport Regional Gallery
3.05pm-3.300pm Afternoon tea Araluen Theatre Foyer
3.30pm-5.00pm RR&C 2A
Room: Araluen Theatre
Room: Witchetty’s
RR&C Workshop 1
Room: Central Craft
Facilitator: Amanda James
3.30pm Old is gold: Nurturing the mature-aged volunteer, Dixie Middleton, Rosalie Gallery Toowoomba Regional Council, and Michele Pickering, Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network Walking together: Incorporating Aboriginal and European perspectives into small museum processes and practices, Evelyn Parkin, Elisabeth Gondwe and Lisa Jackson, North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah Thinking it through: Using design thinking to tackle common problems for small museums, Amanda James, History Trust of South Australia
4.00pm Volunteers | Recruitment | Retention | Extending | Nurturing, Mary Findlay, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Myall Creek and beyond: Exploring trauma and reconciliation through a shared history, Bianca Beetson and Rachael Parsons, New England Regional Art Museum
4.30pm Innovative approaches to managing today’s volunteer, Kelly Bevan, Sovereign Hill Museums Association To be announced
5.00pm Close RR&C Day (Part 1)


Tuesday 14 May 2019 – RR&C Day (Part 2)
8.00am Registration Araluen Theatre Foyer
9.00am-12.30pm CAMD Part 2 Public Programs (MCA)
9.00am-10.00am Alice Springs / Mparntwe plenary
Presenters to be announced
Araluen Theatre
10.00am-12.00pm Tour: Robert Czako Mural, Caddie Brain and Jose Petrick Bus stop on Hartley Street, opposite the post office
10.00am-10.30am RR&C 3A
Room: Araluen Theatre
Room: Witchetty’s
To be announced Centring complexity: Re-engaging with the past, empowering the present, Mandy Paul, Migration Museum History Trust of South Australia
10.30am-11.00am Morning tea Araluen Theatre Foyer
11.00am-12.30pm RR&C 4A
Room: Araluen Theatre
Room: Witchetty’s
RR&C Workshop 2
Room: Central Craft
RR&C Workshop 4
Room: Araluen Multipurpose Room
Facilitator: Lucinda Davison
11.00am Contemporary artists and art forms: Keeping your community at the centre of what you do, Fiona McFayden and Christopher Fulham, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery The “Dilly Bag” augmented reality app: Enhancing story-telling in a small Indigenous museum, Mark Newman and Eric Law, Ration Shed Museum Cultural Gifts Program
Presenters to be announced
Museum Methods/Digitisation, Lucinda Davison, Australian Museums Galleries and Galleries Association
11.30am Letting go of control: Working with your community, Bethany Macrae, Hurstville Museum and Gallery The People’s Museum: Building new audiences and participation in rural Australia, Kim Bennett, Regional Arts Victoria
12.00pm To be announced To be announced

Lunch (RR&C Delegates only)

Close of RR&C Program

Araluen Theatre Foyer
Tuesday 14 May 2019 – Main Conference

Welcome to Country and opening plenary

Welcome from the committee, Mark Crees, Araluen, Felicity Green, Museum of Central Australia

Welcome from the National President, Robin Hirst, Australian Museums and Galleries Association

Keynote: Patrick Dodson, Senator for Western Australia and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Keynote: Luke Scholes, Bobby West Tjupurrula and Matthew Pinta Tjapangati, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Araluen Theatre
3.00pm-3.30pm Afternoon tea Araluen Theatre Foyer
3.30pm-5.00pm 1A
Room: Araluen Theatre
Chair: Mark Crees
1B (Lightning Session)
Room: Witchetty’s

Session sponsored by:
The National Museum enters the Dreaming: Our shared history is the National story, Margo Neale, Shona Coyne, Jilda Andrews and Mathew Trinca, National Museum Australia

3.30pm: From gatekeeper to advocate: Opening up our library, Charla Strelan, Supreme Court of Queensland Library

3.40pm: “Collections? Sorry, they’re not on our list”: Making collections central to climate change adaptation plans, Tracey Avery, Arts and Heritage Consultant

3.50pm: Relentless hostmanship, Padraic Fisher, National Wool Museum

4.00pm: Reconstructing Baru: Making a centrepiece skeleton for Alice Spring’s megafauna central, Adam Yates, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

4.10pm: Curating from a private collection, Emma Williams, Albury Library Museum

4.20pm: How to start difficult conversations: Programming as an antidote to silence, Yael Filipovic, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

4.30pm: Capturing sites and stories: Community heritage in 3D, Michael Rampe, Macquarie University

4.40pm: Australian stories on the global stage, Sarah Ozolins, National Museum of Australia

4.50pm: Connecting with our audience: Reinvigorating MAAS’s Inside the Collection blog, Sarah Reeves, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

5.00pm Close of day
5.30pm-7.00pm Welcome Reception
Including Smoking Ceremony and a welcome from the Lord Mayor
Lawns of the Museum of Central Australia


Wednesday 15 May 2019
8.00am Registration Alice Springs Convention Centre

Keynote: Neil MacGregor, Writer and broadcaster, formerly Director of the National Gallery and the British Museum, London, and Founding Director of the Humboldt Forum, Berlin

Panel discussion, panellists to be announced

MacDonnell Room A&B
Neil MacGregor sponsored by:
10.30am-11.00am Morning tea and exhibition opening MacDonnell Room C
Catering sponsored by:
11.00am-12.30pm 2A
Room: Ellery A
Room: Ellery B
2C (Lightning Session)
Room: Ellery C
Room: Ellery D
2E (CAUMAC Network Session)
Room: MacDonnell A&B
11.00am Shifting the goal posts: Making the National Sports Museum truly national, Jed Smith, National Sports Museum Codesigning access for inclusion in Australian art museums, Janice Rieger, Queensland University of Technology

11.00am: Madayin: Curating across cultures and oceans, Kade McDonald, Durrmu Art Aboriginal Corporation, and Wukun Wanambi, Buku – Larrnggay Mulka

11.10am: Cultural ceremony and cultural practice: Re-awakening the dragon, Michelle Smith, Sovereign Hill Museums Association

11.20am: Less is more: Rethinking engagement in a gallery and museum environment, Cayn Rosmarin and Roy Marchant, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

11.30am: Dreaming past and future: Indigenous histories and national identity at the National Archives, Melissa Gryglewski, National Archives of Australia

11.40am: Selfies with Baru: The megafauna central augmented reality project, Sam Arman, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

11.50am: Stitches in time – The Embroidered Signatures Project: A history of South Australian signature cloths, Lesley Grady and Heather McCarthy, Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Museum

Disruption is a strategy, Russell Briggs, Nathan Sentence, Laura McBride, Sharni Jones and Courtney Marsh, Australian Museum

11.00am: International guest speaker Dr Barbara Rothermel, Director Daura Gallery

11.20am: Breathing new life: Human specimen collections and the modern medical classroom, Rebecca Lush

11.40am: Centring museums through university partnerships, Dr Toner Stevenson

12.00pm: Report from Object Based Learning Symposium, CAUMAC, University of Melbourne

12.15pm: CAUMAC AGM

11.30am Come Alive Festival of Museum Theatre: Empowering youth to engage with museums, Peter Wilkins, Come Alive Festival of Museum Theatre Hear it for the deaf: Multimedia tours, programming and exhibition accessibility, Adriane Boag, National Gallery of Australia
12.00pm Where are all the women: Ensuring the presence of women in museum collections and exhibition, Monica Cronin, Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Tilly Boleyn, Museums of Applied Arts and Sciences, and Amber Evangelista, Victoria Police Museum Creating the autism-friendly family morning, Margaret Lloyd, South Australian Museum ICOM – redefining the museum, Margaret Anderson, Old Treasury Building Indigenous repatriation of ancestral remains from overseas institutions, Simon Kelly, Department of Communications and the Arts


AMaGA AGM and Members Forum (MacDonnell A&B)

MacDonnell Room C
1.30pm-3.00pm 3A
Room: Ellery A
3B (Panels)
Room: Ellery B
3C (Workshop)
Room: Ellery C
Facilitator: Pauline Cockrill
3D (Workshop)
Room: Ellery D
Facilitator: Sally Manuireva
3E (Art, Craft and Design Network Session)
Room: MacDonnell A&B
1.30pm Doing, seeing, thriving: Embedding two-way mindedness in the design of a new future focused museum, Kristin Alford and Kiah Buckskin-James, MOD. at UNISA

1.30pm: Laboratories of the Humanities: Researchers, collections and reimagining Australia’s past, present and future, Kylie Brass, Australian Academy of Humanities, Katherine Bode, Australian National University, Alison Dellit, National Library of Australia

2.15pm: Citizen Science: Democratising museum science – engaging citizens to make a difference, Jodi Rowley, Australian Museum, Michael Hammer, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and other panellists to be announced

Engaging ageing: Making and using memory boxes in museums, Pauline Cockrill, History Trust of SA Tear up the audience rule book, Sally Manuireva, Sally Manuireva Consulting, Sabine Doolin, InsightUnlocked, and Barbara Makuati-Afitu, Lagi-Maama Rainbows 5 Miles from Walwa: Telling stories with archival images, Eric Riddler, AGNSW
2.00pm Enabling Maori communities to be self-determined kaitiaki: Guardians of their objects of significance, Victoria Esson, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Robyn Stacey and the camera obscura: Regional South Australian galleries in focus, Alice Clanachan, Art Gallery of South
2.30pm Resourcing regional initiatives: Best practice from the Sunshine Coast, Rick Baberowski and Peter Connell, Sunshine Coast Council Designing change: Design and Indigenous knowledge in the contemporary museum, Distinguished Professor Peter McNeil and UTS Panel – Emerging Voices, University of Technology Sydney

Afternoon tea

ACDNN AGM (MacDonnell Room A&B)

MacDonnell Room C
Catering sponsored by:
3.30pm-5.00pm Keynote: Keir Winesmith, Old Ways, New
Keynote: Shaun Angeles, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
MacDonnell Room A&B
Keir Winesmith sponsored by: Australian Museum
5.00pm Close of day
5.30pm-7.30pm MAGNA & MAPDA Awards MacDonnell Room C


Thursday 16 May 2019
8.00am Registration Alice Springs Convention Centre
8.00am ICOM Board Meeting Boardroom 1
9.00am-10.30am Keynote: Jane Lydon, University of Western Australia, and Donna Oxenham, State Library of Western Australia
10-year Indigenous Roadmap Keynote: Terri Janke, Terri Janke & Company, and Mathew Trinca, National Museum of Australia
MacDonnell Room A&B
Indigenous Roadmap sponsored by:
10.30am-11.00am Morning tea MacDonnell Room C
Catering sponsored by:
1.30pm-3.00pm 4A
Room: Ellery A
4B (Panels)
Room: Ellery B
4C (Workshop)
Room: Ellery C
Facilitator: Anna Ewald-Rice
4D (Workshop)
Room: Ellery D
Facilitator: Penelope Bartlau
4E (Education Network session)
Room: MacDonnell A&B
4F (Technology Network Session)
MacDonnell C
11.00am Redefining and indigenising Auckland Museum inside out, David Reeves, Linnae Pohatu and Tim Hart, Auckland War Memorial Museum

11.00am: Naked truths: A leadership conversation?, Paul Bowers, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Tanya Zoe Robinson, Ashburton Museum

11.45am: 250th anniversary of Cook in 2020: Privileging a First Nations-led response through museum exhibition development, Mariko Smith, Australian Museum

Beyond the functional: Culturally responsive in practice and theory, Anna Ewald-Rice, Hayball Architects Imagination is not a dirty word, Penelope Bartlau, Barking Spider Visual Theatre More than just another excursion, Liz Suda, Museum Victoria Meet the speaker: Q&A panel with Keir Winesmith and Mikaela Jade
11.30am Recognising rights and responsibilities: Human rights educational pedagogy and broad museum practice, Breann Fallon, Sydney Jewish Museum
12.00pm Whose truth?, Madelena Bendo and Ali Baker, Migration Museum


ICOM AGM (MacDonnell Room A&B)

MacDonnell Room C
1.30pm-3.00pm 5A
Room: Ellery A
Room: Ellery B
Room: Ellery C
5D (Historian Network Session)
Room: Ellery D
5E (Evaluation and Visitor Research Network session)
Room: MacDonnell A&B
1.30pm i-Tjuma: The articulation of a collection—from documentation to delivery, Inge Kral and Elizabeth Marrkilyi, Australian National University, and Jennifer Green, University of Melbourne MoAD Digital Outreach: Transforming our people, our places and our practices, Fiona Bowen, Museum of Australian Democracy

1.30pm: Arts in the most uncomfortable space in Australia, Caddie Brain and Beth Sometimes, Brain Projects

2.15pm: Breaking the spear: the challenge of a post-reconciliation institution, Marcus Hughes, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Title TBA Lyndall Ley, AIATSIS Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders: Provocative questions and a new exhibition exploring women and leadership, Dr Penny Stannard, NSW State Archives
2.00pm Experimental museology and indigenous praxis: Reclaiming the sacred centre in a virtual world, Kevin Lucas and Tommy Riyakurray Munyarryun, Gong Wangurr Indigenous Corporation “The most expensive and complex museum move anywhere in the world”…and other stories, Michael Parry, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences The Loadstone: First Government House, Sydney and Aboriginal interpretation of colonial history, Beth Hise, Sydney Living Museums and Peter White,
Create NSW
To be announced
2.30pm On country with family and compassion, Sarah Brown, Purple House FRESHbark: A fresh perspective on collaboration, Blake Griffiths, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Contesting space: Women, sport and the white cube, Jane King, John Curtin Gallery Changing the perception of the Australian War Memorial, Chris Wagner, Australian War Memorial
3.00pm-3.30pm Afternoon tea MacDonnell Room C
3.30pm-5.00pm Keynote: John Carty, Jacinta Koolmatrie, Jade Turner, South Australian Museum MacDonnell Room A&B
5.00pm Close of day
6.00pm-10.00pm Conference Dinner Earth Sanctuary


Friday 17 May 2019
8.00am Registration Araluen Theatre Foyer
9.00am-10.00am Keynote: Ben Quilty Araluen Theatre
Ben Quilty sponsored by:
10.00am-10.30am Conference wrap-up and handover to 2020 Araluen Theatre
Closing session sponsored by:
10.30am-11.00am Morning tea Araluen Theatre Foyer
11.00am Airport bus departs Araluen
11.00am-1.00pm Tour: A visit to four of Alice Springs Museums’ Araluen
12.00pm-2.00pm Workshop: Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands watercolour workshop Central Craft
1.00pm-3.00pm Workshop: Tjanpi Desert Weavers basket-making workshop Central Craft, outside pergola
1.30pm-2.30pm Tour: Middle of no-where is the centre of everything, Megg Kelham ANZAC Hill
3.00pm-6.00pm Desert Mob MarketPlace Araluen Arts Precinct carpark

*Program subject to change

Buses to and from the Araluen Arts Centre (for the conference) and to and from Earth Sanctuary (for the Conference Dinner) will be provided. Tickets ($7) for an airport bus following the closing plenary on Friday are available for purchase in the registration site.

Note that most flights arrive and depart as follows:

09:00 Darwin flight arrives
10:20 Perth flight arrives
11:55 Melbourne flight arrives
12:20 Sydney flight arrives
12:45 Adelaide flight arrives

11:25 Perth flight departs
12:35 Melbourne flight departs
13:00 Sydney flight departs

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