Museum Studies launches new building with conference on ‘Narrative Space’

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 30, 2010 10:21 AM |
After finally emptying all their cardboard boxes, putting up the curtains and working out whose room is whose, the School of Museum Studies are ready to welcome people into their new home, with an official opening and a conference.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, will do the honours at the opening ceremony of the Museum Studies building at 19 University Road on the evening of 19 April. The following three days will be devoted to the Narrative Space event: “an international interdisciplinary conference exploring the interpretive potential of architecture, exhibitions and design.”

Six years ago, Museum Studies hosted a Creative Space conference which went down a storm, bringing together architects, designers, artists and academics. Narrative Space builds on this idea, looking at how museums and galleries can tell stories about people and places.

The keynote speaker will be Peter Greenaway, best known for directing arty films like The Draughtsman’s Contract and A Zed and Two Noughts. As well as his movies, Greenaway has extensive experience in curating exhibitions and is currently partway through an epic project to reinvent nine great paintings as full-on multimedia experiences.

Other speakers include:

  • Raul Ajmat, Professor of Daylighting and Environmental Control at the National University of Tucuman in Argentina
  • Maurice Davies, head of policy and communication at the Museums Association
  • James Furse-Roberts, who designs visitor centres for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • Julia Pitts, Manager for Narrative Environments at the Science Museum
  • and Kristofer Kelly who describes himself as “a tap dancing designer with an allergy to mould and suburban development.”

Narrative Space runs over 20-22 April 2010, with three or four strands of presentation/discussion running simultaneously throughout. It includes a dinner on the Tuesday night and a coach trip to Nottingham Contemporary. Registration is £250 all-in, with concessions and day-rates available.