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Museum Ideas Study Day: Developing Community-Led Queer Programming

Dan Vo © ISKA Photography

Museum Ideas Study Day: Shout Queer! Developing Community-Led Queer Programming in Museums

* * Due to coronavirus this workshop has been postponed until 2022. All tickets remain valid and we will contact delegates with the rescheduled date as soon as possible. Tickets may be swapped between colleagues working at the same organisation. 

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!

Workshop leader: Dubbed “a leading figure in the world of alternative museum tours in Britain” by The New York Times, over the last five years Dan Vo has developed of LGBTQ+ tours at the V&A Museum, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales and seven sites that are part of University of Cambridge Museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum. He is a Stonewall PoC / BAME representative and was the inaugural winner of the Museums Association Radical Changemaker award. Now a museum freelancer and consultant, Dan previously worked in the media sector for almost a decade as a production director, including overseeing radio programme and museum audioguide production in multiple languages.

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. Places are limited to ensure every participant gets the most from the day.

Tickets: Book your ticket online or email if you prefer to be invoiced.

Tickets are non-refundable but may be swapped between colleagues at the same organisation. If the workshop is postponed your ticket remains valid for the rescheduled date.

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