For practical advice when setting up your own dance project in a museum or heritage site

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Catherine Wood lecture at Tate Modern, crowd shot by Louise Schiefer


Why Dance in A Museum? How Art Became Active


The first in a series of 5 ‘TateShots’ presented by art historian Jacky Klein, exploring five different ways in which performance is found inside, and sometimes outside museums and galleries. Picture by Louise Schiefer.

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Dancers perform in a gallery


Dancing Museums - The Democracy of Beings (2018-2021)

Including artists and staff from dance organisations, museums and universities from 7 countries; co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Dancing Museums is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, universities and local communities in order to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in.


Film: Waving goodbye to Victorian Dad

Bristol City Council and Arts Council England

Why use diverse performance in museums? 'Waving goodbye to Victorian dad' was organised by Bristol Culture as part of 'Doing Things Differently'. Supported by Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. Film by Elliott Mayhew.


Dance and Museums Working Together Symposium Report

Emma McFarland

The Dance and Museums Working Together Symposium took place in November 2014 and was produced by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Horniman Museum and Gardens. It was organised as part of the follow-up to their large-scale collaborative public cross artform event Horniman’s Curious Tea Party which took place in July 2014. This involved an external evaluation by this report’s author which looked in some depth at the process and outcomes of collaborative work for both organisations and which began to outline a model for the different ways in which museums and artists/arts organisations can collaborate together. The content and themes of the Symposium were informed by the themes and issues identified in the Horniman’s Curious Tea Party event evaluation.

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Group of primary school children on a site visit to Hampton Court


Research into use of dance within the primary school history curriculum

Emma McFarland, Evaluator, eMC arts

From July 2016 – March 2017 dance company Made By Katie Green undertook a research project exploring how dance might be used to teach history in primary schools, supported by an 'Arts-based learning Explore and Test grant' from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and informed by the company’s extensive experience of using dance in heritage and museum contexts since 2013.