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Opening Doors: 2019 Museums & Galleries Qld Conference

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Tanks Arts Centre

46 Collins Avenue

Edge Hill, QLD 4870

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Opening Doors, the 2019 Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) Conference, is a major professional development initiative dedicated to the volunteer and professional workers in Queensland’s public gallery and museum sector.

Held every four years, the Conference provides a forum for the sector to come together and discuss issues affecting contemporary regional and public museum and gallery practice at a local, national and international level.

Opening Doors will explore how museums and galleries today are talking more and more about ways of engaging with our diverse audiences and stakeholders. There is an increasing pressure to grow visitor numbers and much has been written about audience research and development. But how do we as museums and galleries meaningfully engage with our communities and respond to our visitors’ voices?



Connecting with visitors is one of the most important aspects of running a museum or gallery. Without a welcoming atmosphere, engaging interpretation and a wide audience reach, people will find other ways to spend their time.

Knowing and understanding who our many communities are, and then listening and communicating with them is central to developing interpretation and exhibitions, designing relevant programs and promoting them effectively. This should also be integral to how we collect and undertake research.

Challenging ourselves to think beyond counting heads to the quality of interactive opportunities and audience and stakeholder engagement will be explored throughout the Conference, along with organisational changes required to become a truly inclusive museum or gallery.

The Conference will include a Welcome Reception, two full days of Keynote and Parallel Presentations, Networking Dinners at local restaurants, Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards, and Masterclasses and Workshops.

Keynote presentersOpening Doors Keynote Speakers

  • Tasia Duske, CEO, Museum Hack, New York, USA

  • Frith Williams, Head of Experience Design, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Masterclasses / Workshops

Opening Doors Workshop Presenters

  • High Leverage Marketing – How to attract + engage audiences without breaking your budget: Michael Alexis, Director of Marketing, Museum Hack, New York, USA

  • Storytelling in Space: Frith Williams, Head of Experience Design, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

  • Time Tunnels: Russell Milledge, Lecturer in Media Arts, James Cook University

  • Caring for Paper Documents and Books: Melanie Sorenson, Conservator

  • Curating Masterclass: Presenter to be announced


To assist with your travel planning, here’s the program outline:

  • Tuesday 17 September, 6pm: Welcome Reception

  • Wednesday 18 September: Full day of Conference presentations and Networking Dinners

  • Thursday 19 September: Full day of Conference presentations and Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards

  • Friday 20 September, 9am-1pm: Masterclasses and Workshops

We encourage you to visit Cairns’ cultural institutions on Tuesday or Friday, and stay the following weekend to explore the region.


There are three networking dinner options available. Please select which dinner you would like to attend when registering:

  • Public program / community engagement / visitor services

  • Exhibition / curatorial / interpretation

  • Open to all delegates

For more information on the 2019 M&G QLD Conference, including local and travel information, go to
http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=10449


Important Dates

Early Bird Registration closes 19 July 2019
Late Bird Registration closes 30 August 2019

All registration costs listed include GST and Eventbrite fees.
Concession: Volunteers, Students or Pensioners
Member: Australian Museums and Galleries Association members, Public Galleries Queensland members

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