Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum

AMaGA Victoria presents: ‘The Healthy Museum’ - Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum

Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria is proud to present the 2019 Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum on Tuesday 15 October at Deakin Downtown. The Forum is a one-day event dedicated to discussing trending topics in the museum and gallery sector. This year’s theme of the 'Healthy Museum' will address some of the critical current issues in the sector such as wellbeing, sustainability and inclusivity. 

We are delighted to have expert speakers presenting their views, research and projects from international and national perspectives, including: 

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums, UK and founder of the Happy Museum Project. His keynote, ‘Making Museums with People in Mind’ will explore how museums can address global issues by building on their unique qualities as open civic spaces and trusted organisations. 

Elizabeth Cotton, Head of Human History at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, NZ will address a question of what can museums change about the ways they work with indigenous communities in order to become a ‘Healthy Museum’? 

Tracy Margieson manages the Arts Wellbeing Collective at Arts Centre Melbourne. Since the Pilot Program in 2017, the Arts Wellbeing Collective has grown rapidly to be an innovative industry-wide program – the only of its kind worldwide. She will talk about this new initiative. 

Marcus Hughes, a descendant of the Mununjali peoples of the Yugambeh nation is the MAAS Head of Indigenous Engagement & Strategy, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, NSW. Marcus will introduce the recently published the First People’s: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries -  the Australian Museums and Galleries Association 10-Year Indigenous Roadmap which is committed to improving Indigenous engagement and employment. 

‘The choice of the ‘Healthy Museum’ as a theme reflects the need for action and discussion of issues such as sustainability, equality, health and wellbeing. We are proud to present a program that will touch on some key issues facing the museums and galleries sector’ said Sarah Morris, Interim Executive Director. AMaGA Victoria. 

The event will consist of a morning plenary session and two afternoon sessions including the Indigenous Roadmap session and lightning talks. The program also includes a special lunchtime networking event and Curator’s talk, and post-forum drinks. 

For full program of speakers and abstracts go to

Event starts
Tuesday 15 October, 2019
Event ends
Tuesday 15 October, 2019
Deakin Downtown
Venue Address
tower 2 level 12/727 Collins St

Melbourne ,

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