Webinar series on the future of museums

Leading up to the conference MUŻE.X - Shaping museum futures, the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, University of Malta, is organising six pre-conference webinars.

Each speaker will present a personal reaction to future challenges and ambitions in a dedicated webinar. Mike Murawski, change leader and committed advocate for more equitable and community-centred museums, will wrap up the each webinar by presenting his reflections on the presentation and discussion. 

The webinars will be moderated by Prof. Carmel Borg and Dr Sandro Debono from the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, at the University of Malta.

  • 15 October - Nina Simon
  • 29 October - Diane Drubay
  • 12 November - Alistair Hudson
  • 28 November - Kristin Alford
  • 5 December - Seb Chan
  • 11 December - Kayleigh N. Bryant-Greenwell

The speakers

Alistair is the Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery and co-director of the Asociación de Arte Útil – an expansive international project and online archive that forms part of the Uses of Art programmes with the L’internationale confederation. Alistair is best known for his vision based on the concept of the Useful Museum. 

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is Head of Public Programs with Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. In the wake of Covid-19 she leads an internal task force towards reopening strategies.

Diane Drubayis a long-standing member of the museum and innovation effervescence, a specialist in museum strategy but also an event curator, community builder, writer and artist. She is the founder of We Are Museums, the international platform of museum innovators and change-makers.

Nina Simon is the Spacemaker and CEO of OF/BY/FOR ALL, a global nonprofit that creates digital tools to help civic and cultural organizations become more inclusive, relevant, and sustainable. Nina is best known for her seminal publications - The Participatory Museum (2010) and The Art of Relevance (2016).

Seb Chan is Chief Experience Officer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne). Prior to this he led the digital renewal and transformation of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2011-2015).

Dr Kristin Alford is the Director of Australia’s future-focused museum MOD. Her eclectic background includes engineering, human resources, marketing and science communications. 

MUŻE.X - Shaping museum futures is planned to take place in October 2021 in Malta.