Museum and Gallery Retailers Forum 

5 March 2014 , 9am-5.30pm
Auckland Art Gallery, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Auckland  , Auckland 
$50 (+GST) payable by invoice

This workshop is now fully booked. To be placed on the waiting list please register through the button below.

The Museum and Gallery Retailers Forum will run 9am-5.30pm on Wednesday 5 March. There will also be a networking function from 6pm on Tuesday 4 March at Sale St Bar, Freemans Bay, Auckland (

About the Forum

The Forum will provide an opportunity for retailers at museums, galleries, and not-for-profit tourist attractions to meet, share ideas and issues, and hear from industry experts. The Forum will include a mix of keynote speakers and ‘community café’ group discussion sessions.

Keynote speakers

Larry McInerney, Manager, Retail Services, Museum Victoria
Blockbuster Exhibitions and Product Development

Museum Victoria has experienced an outstanding retail performance over the past few years with blockbuster exhibitions, and licensed product.  Larry will let us know what is ahead, as well as explain the different business models used for Museums Victoria stores, and the process they use around developing exhibition and branded product to sit alongside temporary and permanent exhibitions.

Phil Smith, Associate Director Te Papa Enterprises, Te Papa
From fleece to fabric, woolly tales from a small Welsh Museum

Even small Museums have the potential to develop unique products to sell to their visitors and on-line. Phil will share his experience of working with a very small Welsh Museum to develop retail products produced on-site using historic machinery.

Nicolle Aston, Visual Merchandising Services, Furore

With more than 20 years experience as a freelance visual merchandiser, Nicolle brings a wealth of knowledge and practical advice to her clients.  She is a regular judge for Top Shop, and speaker at retail conferences across New Zealand, with workshops and seminars touch on the psychology of the consumer and examine the overall social experience of shopping.

Community café sessions

The forum will include group discussion sessions on subjects such as:

  • unlocking IP
  • shared supplier network
  • post-disaster retail
  • compliance
  • use of non-specialist retail staff
  • product development
  • benchmarking
  • the new tourist

Who is it for?

The Museum and Gallery Retailers Forum will be of interest to anyone working in retail at museums, galleries, and not-for-profit tourist attractions.

How do I sign up?

  • Please note this workshop is now fully booked. To be placed on the waiting list please register online using the button below.
  • You can also register by contacting National Services Te Paerangi by email on or by calling freephone 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743)
  • This cost of this workshop is $50 (+GST), payable by invoice upon registering.

What else do I need to know?

    • Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch will be provided.
    • Please be aware that your photo may be taken during the forum, and photos may be used for National Services Te Paerangi purposes. 


9.00am – Coffee and chat
9.30am – Welcome and introduction
9.45am – Keynote – Larry McInerney, Museums Victoria
11.00am – Break
11.30am – Workshop – Nicolle Aston, Furore
1.00pm – Lunch
2.00pm – Keynote – Phil Smith, Te Papa
3.15pm – Break
3.30pm – Community Café session
5:30pm – Forum closes