Imagination Museum dance museums consortium meet at the Collection Museum in Lincoln

Booking now open for Imagination Museum Consortium part 1 - for dance artists



We are now able to provide some more information about our next Imagination Museum Consortium Events which will be taking place via Zoom on Sunday 5th July from 10.30-12noon and Thursday 9th July from 2.30-4pm.

Reserve your free place here: https://www.ticketsignite.com/event/3011/the-imagination-museum-consortium-2020---part-1--for-dance-artists

Plan for the 5th and 9th  July:

Following on from Consortium members' feedback, our first events in July will be aimed at dance artists and practitioners who have worked or have an interest in working with dance and movement in heritage contexts.

This is because we understand that for many heritage sites the 5th/9th July fall right at the beginning of a period of planned reopening, or the point at which you may be able to access sites again for the first time to begin your planning in more detail. There will be many operational concerns which are pressing, and it may take a little longer to discover or be in a position to think about what dance may offer you and your visitors at this time. Therefore we are proposing to hold a follow-on event for heritage practitioners as well in the autumn - more details to be announced.

Imagination Museum dance museums consortium meet at the Collection Museum in Lincoln
Imagination Museum Consortium, May 2019; Photo by Roswitha Chesher

The key things we'll be aiming to cover on the 5th/9th July will be:

  1. hearing about some of the challenges and changes individuals have experienced during lockdown and what that might mean for future development
  2. starting to think about new roles for dance and dance artists in heritage contexts in the face of disruptive forces in coming years, including the short and long-term legacy of COVID-19 and recent #BlackLivesMatter events impacting on museum interpretation and the need to present/re-present the political contexts of sites and artefacts in new ways

We'll do this by asking you to review some information in advance (if you have time to do so), and also by trying out smaller break-out discussion during our Zoom session, hearing from some speakers about challenges and opportunities, and collecting ideas as a whole group.

Katie Green Lincoln 24th May 2019, image   Roswitha Chesher LR 74

We hope by the end of the sessions we will have begun to gather:

  • more thoughts about the possible roles of dance in museums/heritage sites at this time
  • questions to ask heritage practitioners and organisations at our next event
  • a sense of what the Consortium's role could be moving forward

We will also try to capture as much of the information discussed as possible e.g. through interactive Google Sheets, so that after the event we can share highlights with others who won't be able to attend on the 5th/9th.

Imagination Museum dance museums consortium meet at the Collection Museum in Lincoln
Imagination Museum Consortium, May 2019; Photo by Roswitha Chesher

Then in the autumn, when museums have (hopefully) been open for a period of time, we will hold a follow-on workshop at which we will bring together artists and heritage practitioners to learn more about challenges and changes that have occurred around re-opening of sites and visitors' behaviour for example, and to consider ways that dance artists might be able to support the transitions that heritage organisations are making. This will be a week day event.

Imagination Museum dance museums consortium meet at the Collection Museum in Lincoln
Imagination Museum Consortium, May 2019; Photo by Roswitha Chesher; Performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey

A few other points about the events on the 5th/9th July:

  • We're really pleased that Emma McFarland, who joined us for our first Consortium event in 2019, will be designing and facilitating the July events with help from members of the Imagination Museum team. You can read more about Emma by clicking here, or there is more information below.
  • Places for the events will be limited so please go to https://www.ticketsignite.com/event/3011/the-imagination-museum-consortium-2020---part-1--for-dance-artists to book your free space. After you have signed up you will receive a link to an 'Orientation Pack', including some resources you might want to browse through in advance of the event, or just keep for reference. In the future we will be making this Orientation Pack available to everyone.
  • We will also ask you to add a mini-profile and some contact details to a Google Doc if you are happy for these to be shared. This will just mean that you can have a sense of who will be 'in the room' before we're all together.
  • Zoom details will be sent out in the week before the event, along with an introduction video.

Any questions or comments, please let us know, otherwise we look forward to being in touch with many of you as we get closer to the 5th/9th.

If you plan to attend and haven't already signed up to our Consortium-specific mailing list here, please consider doing so in order to hear about future events.


Designed and facilitated by: Emma McFarland

Emma is a highly experienced Innovation and Digital Producer and Strategic Designer working in the arts, cultural and not for profit sectors. She combines a role at The National Gallery heading up their Innovation Programme with work as an independent, creating, producing and managing digital and complex cross-disciplinary projects and designing processes which catalyse innovation and facilitate co-design.

in consultation with The Imagination Museum director Katie Green and evaluator Elsa Urmston, plus other contributors to be confirmed.

The Imagination Museum Consortium has been formed as part of the Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 Strategic Touring project, which is supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils, Pavilion Dance South West, the Surf the Wave programme and The Charter Trustees of East Retford and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.

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