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Access All Areas…Symposium at IMMA

A major international symposium on accessing contemporary art and artists in public museums and galleries will be held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, from 9 – 10 November 2006.  Access All Areas…, will bring together ten leading international educators, writers and curators who together will present a vast range of perspectives on accessing contemporary art and artists.

Access All Areas…is the third in a series of international symposia exploring institutional issues relating to museums and galleries. The previous two addressed collections and collecting policies (To Have and To Hold, 2002) and curatorial practice (Curating Now, 2004).  Since 1971, when Duncan Cameron distinguished between two different perspectives on the museum as temple or forum, there have been many developments in museums internationally placing the public at the centre of the dialogue between artwork and artist.

The speakers, from Europe, North and South America and China are: 

Janusz Byszewski, Curator, Laboratory of Creative Education, Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

Carol Duncan, Art Historian and Writer, former lecturer at Ramapo College, New Jersey, USA

Howard Hollands, Principal Lecturer Art and Design Education, Middlesex University, joint co-ordinator of REALL (Research in the Arts Language and Learning), UK

Victoria Hollows, Museum Manager, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Scotland
Kaija Kaitavouri, Head of Development, KEHYS, Finnish National Gallery, Finland

Maria Lind, Director of IASPIS (International Artist Studio Programme), Sweden

Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator: Head of Education and Community Programmes, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Davide Quadrio, Curator and Director, Biz Art, (self-supported and not for profit art centre and artists residency programme) Shanghai, China

Dr Veronica Sekules, Head of Education and Research, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, and Project Manager, Visual Dialogues (2005-6), Tate Britain, UK

Luiz Guilherme Vergara, General Director, The Museo de Arte Contemporanea (MAC), Niteroi, Brazil

The symposium will be introduced by Enrique Juncosa, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Commenting on the forthcoming symposium, Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator: Head of Education and Community Programmes said ”The emphasis which museums and galleries place on their education, community and outreach programmes has been significant in raising awareness of the cultural interface between the institutions and their many publics. Many initiatives have taken place to interrogate the role and function of museums in society and a growing body of international research is being disseminated through professional bodies worldwide. The debate is especially relevant in a changing Ireland. This symposium will bring a cross section of international practitioners and academics together to share in this dialogue and explore local contexts in an international framework”.   
The fee for the symposium is €175.00 for organisations, €130.00 for individuals, or €100.00 concession (students, OAPs, unwaged).  In addition to the presentations, this includes an opening reception (8 November), tea/coffee and light lunch at IMMA over two days and the symposium pack.

Contact details for bookings
Sophie Byrne, Administrator: Education & Community Programmes
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital
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Dublin 8
Tel +353-1-6129900 Fax +353-1-612 9999
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Direct Line Sophie Byrne Tel +353-1-6129919
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For further information and colour and black and white images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel : +353 1 612 9900, Fax : +353 1 612 9999,  Email : [email protected]

13 July 2006