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Developing Community-Led Queer Programming — 28 June 2022

Dan Vo © ISKA Photography

Discover how to create award-winning, community-led tours and event specific museum programming with Dan Vo.

Inclusion and outreach are essential to museum futures, and queer visitors are an important and crucial audience that must be catered to. This workshop will give participants the ability to develop programming inspired by their own museum collection that will make them relevant to the diverse LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and more) communities. While there is a focus on queer programming, this bespoke workshop can certainly also be used by participants who want to co-curate with any minority groups or traditionally underserved audiences.

The study day will begin with an overview of community and social inclusion programmes and that enables museums to be more inclusive through programming and engage new audiences. There will be practical exercises in small groups and a facilitated discussion to examine the development, representation and inclusion of queer narratives in museums and how this may apply to each participant’s own goals. A set of models will be worked through to enable each participant to develop a bespoke strategy for their own museum and collection that tackles elements such as internal buy in, content development, programme deployment and audience community building.

This will not be a regular classroom though! The study day will be informative, but will also remain informal with participants encouraged to contribute and share. There will be fun activities like the co-creation of a Kaleidoscope Kite together to facilitate relaxed discussions that will also strengthen understanding of queer narratives relevant to each participant’s collection… in colourful ways!

With over 15 years of experience coordinating volunteers, Dan Vo has lectured on inclusive museum practices across the UK and advised staff on presenting the business case for community-led queer programming at their own museum through a values and collections driven lens.

This is a great opportunity for participants who want to bring inclusive museum practices to their museum. You’ll not only get thinking about how this can be achieved, but also walk away from the day with practical next steps for reaching your goals!

Developing Community-Led Queer Programming
Study Day, 28 June, Queer Britain – the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum – in King’s Cross, London

Workshop leader: Workshop leader Dan Vo is a freelance museum consultant. He has been dubbed “a leading figure in the world of alternative museum tours” by The New York Times and described by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as one of “our most inspiring LGBTQ+ Londoners”. He founded the award-winning V&A LGBTQ+ Tours and has developed programmes for The National Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland and National Museum Wales. Dan was co-presenter of ‘Museum From Home’ and ‘Museum Passion’ for BBC Arts.

Study Day Format: Working in small groups with a welcoming atmosphere, study day participants will benefit from expert guidance and support coupled with hands-on, practical sessions.

Tickets: Click ‘Select options’ below to reserve tickets at the standard rate. Book with colleagues for multiple delegate discounts — standard rate tickets available on a sliding scale from £137 per person. Book your ticket online below or email if you prefer to be invoiced.

Reduced rate tickets are available for museum workers who may often be excluded from training and professional development opportunities, including people of colour, LGBTQ+ and working class members of staff, people with a disability, front of house staff, students, freelancers, those working at small independent museums, and people new to the sector. Reduced rate tickets are £97 – email to book a ticket at the reduced rate.

Tickets are non-refundable but may be swapped between colleagues at the same organisation and between different study days (if places are available). If the workshop is postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions your ticket remains valid for the rescheduled date.

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