Panel Discussion: The Future of Museums
Presented by ACMI
Swinburne Studio, ACMI, Melbourne

Sun 28 Mar, 12pm–1pm (AEST)

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Swinburne Studio, ACMI

Federation Square, Melbourne VIC

Presented by ACMI as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair

As part of this year’s Melbourne Art Book Fair, join New York-based author and cultural strategist Andras Szanto and leading museum directors, Rhana Devenport (Art Gallery of South Australia), Suhanya Raffel (M+ Hong Kong) and Katrina Sedgwick (ACMI) as they reflect on the unforeseen events of 2020 and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the future of museums. 

As captured in Andras Szanto’s new book, The Future of Museums: 28 Dialogues, this is a time rapid change for museums around the globe. Our panel will discuss the ways in which Museums are going through a vital period of reflection, innovation and reinvention. Where old assumptions and models are being reimagined to reflect and respond to contemporary sociopolitical issues.  

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Speakers

Katrina Sedgwick OAM has been the Director & CEO of ACMI since early 2015. Previously, she was the Head of Arts for ABC TV and ABC Arts online (2012–14) and founding Director/CEO of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival and founding director of the AFF Investment Fund (2002–11). 

Rhana Devenport ONZM is Director of Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, she was previously Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2013-2018) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre (2006-2013), both in Aotearoa New Zealand. Devenport is a curator, writer and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennales and arts festivals 

Suhanya Raffel leads M+ as a whole and oversees all museum activities, including acquisitions, programming, collections care, development, research, institutional collaborations, and museum operations. She joined M+ as Executive Director in 2016 and was appointed Museum Director in 2019 

András Szántó is a widely published author who advises museums, foundations, educational institutions, and corporations on cultural strategy and program development, worldwide. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Artnet, and The Art Newspaper, among other publications. 

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Federation Square, Melbourne VIC