What will tomorrow’s museums look like?

Posted by ap507 at Nov 13, 2015 10:12 AM |
University of Leicester brings together global Museum Design professionals in Hong Kong from 13-15 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 November 2015

Leading figures from some of the world’s foremost cultural organisations will discuss the leading-edge approaches that will shape the design of our future museums and galleries.

The international conference on the Future of Museum & Gallery Design led by the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies is already attracting global attention. Taking place from 13-15 November in Hong Kong, the conference draws together museum professionals, museum & gallery and exhibition designers and researchers from around the world, to explore new approaches to and future developments in design for the cultural sector.

The conference is the outcome of an on-going international research-led conversation about design in museums and galleries, led by Leicester. As well as academic researchers there will be contributions from key practitioners working in organisations including the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul; Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and many of the UK’s leading national museums and design companies, such as the V&A and the British Museum.

Co-organised with K11 Art Foundation and  UK Trade & Investment, the conference will both highlight world leading research and practice in UK Museums and cultural projects and approaches shaping museums and galleries in East Asia.

Dr Suzanne MacLeod, Head of the School of Museum Studies, said: “We are delighted that the conference has created so much interest, and are very grateful to all our partners in Hong Kong for their support. It’s going to be a really lively few days where key discussions will help push forward developments in the international museums and galleries sector.”

The School of Museum Studies recently celebrated the achievement of a Japanese Princess who has completed a year of a taught Master’s degree at the University.  Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino is a member of the Japanese Imperial Family and is due to graduate with an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies in January 2016.



The conference has been instigated by Suzanne MacLeod (School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester), Oscar Ho (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Jonathan Hale (Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham) and Tricia Austin (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London) with support from Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong (LCSD), Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery and National Museums Liverpool. The event has also benefitted from the involvement of a wide range of partners including National Museum of History in Taipei, the National Taipei University of Education and the Academy of Visual Arts, Baptist University, Hong Kong.

Full information on the conference can be found at: https://thefutureofmuseumandgallerydesign.wordpress.com/

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