The Politics of Participation

As policy makers and funders continue to promote the benefits of participation in museums, how sustainable is this activity in a climate of cuts and short-term funding? Terms such as 'co-production', 'co-curation' and 'co-creation' are common but what do these actually mean and are these participative approaches still viable? 


This one-day conference brings together key thinkers and practitioners to debate and challenge 'the politics of participation.' Contributors will ask hard questions about the reality behind the rhetoric and, through a range of case studies, offer innovative, effective and affordable ideas for the future.


Contributors include David Anderson (National Museum Wales), Bernadette Lynch, Tim Desmond (Galleries of Justice Museum), Piotr Bienkowski, Helen Graham (University of Leeds), Tanya Harris (Hackney Museum), Marc Steene (Pallant House Gallery), Iain Watson (Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums) and Janice Lane (National Museum Wales). 


The event will be taking place at The Old Courthouse, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 12 November 9.30am – 4.30pm.


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