Museums and Galleries: enhancing diversity in exhibitions and thinking 

Monday 26 August 2013 , 1-2.30pm
Hinetitama, Level 4, Te Papa, Cable St (beside Te Marae)
Wellington  , Wellington 
Free to attend

National Services Te Paerangi and Museums Aotearoa invite you to:

Museums and galleries: enhancing diversity in exhibitions and thinking

In the museum and gallery world, bi-cultural (Māori/Pākehā) thinking and practice has come a long way in recent decades. But what about the 'other' cultures in Aotearoa? How do these institutions reflect the broadening cultural diversity of their audiences through their programmes? What practical steps can be taken to raise the consciousness of museum and gallery workers who, it could be argued, often unconsciously prioritise European cultural traditions over those of our large Pacific and Asian communities?

Discussing these questions are panellists passionate about reforging the default traditions of exhibition and public programmes. Chaired by Courtney Johnston (Director, Dowse Art Museum), Puawai Cairns (Curator Contemporary Māori Culture, Te Papa), Vera Mey (Assistant Director, St Paul St Gallery) and Wen Powles (International Strategy Advisor, Te Papa) will discuss their practical experience in working to broaden the cultural thinking of both visitors and their colleagues.

This session is part of the New Zealand Diversity Forum.