Annual Conference: Reactivate the Collection

Oliver Laric, Lincoln 3D Scans (2013). Commissioned by The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln through the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award 2012.
Oliver Laric, Lincoln 3D Scans (2013). Commissioned by The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln through the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award 2012.

13 May 2016


Museum of London
Weston Theatre, 150 London Wall
London , EC2Y 5HN


CAS National Network Members: Free
Non-Members: £10

In the context of continued constraints to funding, how can museums work to engage with wider audiences and add value to their displays?  The 2016 Annual Conference will look at strategies including inviting artists to curate collections and innovative partnerships to open collections to new audiences through digital technologies.

Now in its seventh year, the Annual Conference brings together a range of speakers including conservators, curators, gallerists, writers, managers and assistants to address the role that contemporary art might have within historical, natural, anthropological, sociological and archaeological collections.


11.00 – 11.30 Registration

Introduction by Francis Marshall, Senior Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London.

Welcome by Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society.



11.30 – 12. 45 Session 1:

Dr. Claire Robins, Reader in Art and Education at UCL Institute of Education

Claire Robins will talk about some of the histories of artists intervening in museum collections.


Gill Hart, Head of Education at the National Gallery and Kate Coyne, Programme Director at the Siobhan Davies Dance

Gill Hart and Kate Coyne will present ‘Dancing Museums’, an EU funded project within which the National Gallery is working in partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance. The project brings together dance organisations, galleries and museums to explore new ways of engaging audiences with art collections.

12.45 – 13.30 Session 2:

Melvin Moti, Artist

Melvin Moti will discuss the involvement and non-involvement with museums within his practice “the activation of a museum object through the temporal and fictional structure of film”.


13.30 – 14.30 Lunch Break:

Provided by the Contemporary Art Society


14.30 – 15.15

Andrea Büttner, Artist, with Nicholas Thornton, Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Museum of Cardiff

Andrea Büttner and Nicholas Thornton will examine her project Hidden Marriage, an installation developed from research into two diverse collections at National Museum Cardiff – the drawings of Gwen John (1876-1939) and mosses from the Museum’s herbarium.


15.15 – 16.30 Session 3:

Annie Fletcher, Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Annie Fletcher’s inclusion of contemporary artists within the collection of the Van Abbe has been an example for institutions.


James Putman, Independent Critic

James Putman will recall his exhibitions at the Freud Museum and at the British Museum.


16.30 – 17.00


To book your free place as a National Network Member email by Monday 9 May.

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