Creative Collections Open Forum Event: how can working with artists & creatives help develop dynamic collections?

Event Date:19 November 2021 10:00 am — 19 November 2021 11:30am

This event is part of the Creative Collections Grant scheme. Find out more here.

Our first Open Forum session will be led by Stephanie Allen of Arts & Heritage. Arts & Heritage’s mission is to demonstrate that placing contemporary art at the heart of heritage programming enables audiences to find their own stories within historic places and spaces, so they are perfect to help participants explore how working with artists & creatives can help develop dynamic collections.

Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience working as a producer, creative director and project manager. She has worked on a huge variety of artist-led projects for Artsadmin, Peak Cymru and the Hayward Gallery as well as enabling and supporting site-responsive projects nationally and internationally as a freelance producer. This is twinned with significant business planning, partnership management, fundraising and strategic development roles across the arts and cultural sector including positions at Arts Council England, The Geffrye Museum, the Sidney Nolan Trust and Creative United as Head of Strategic Development. Whilst at Creative United, she undertook commissioned research in partnership with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and The London Mayor’s Office as well as leading on partnership development and the strategic development of the national Own Art and Take it Away schemes.

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The Open Forum is a safe online space, where thoughts and opinions can be shared. The conversations we have are meant to inspire and progress knowledge and that is a valid outcome in itself!

However it is hoped that we touch upon some of the key topics below:

Aim: Museums are dynamic and able to respond to the challenges of the next decade

  • How can trying new things (taking risks) help to make our collections more dynamic? What could ‘dynamic’ mean?
  • How can we be more confident about collaborating with different types of artists, and know how, and where to connect with them?

AIM:  Museums are ambitious and committed to improving the quality of their work

  • How can working with artists help us to achieve high quality physical and digital products that meet the needs of audiences?
  • How will working with other disciplines outside our museum help us to explore the gaps in our collections knowledge and unearth new understanding?

Aim:  England’s diversity is fully reflected in museums and the culture they produce. 

  • How will building relationships with artists and creatives result in more representative and relevant programming ideas?

What you need to bring to the Forum:

Questions, discussion and debate are encouraged as we go along throughout the session, but please frame them respectfully.

Budding ideas, queries, past experiences, willingness to contribute and share.


Beginner to Advanced – all welcome.

What kinds of workshopping will happen in the Forum:

This will depend on the particular topic and facilitator for each Form, but online tools such as;

  • Film/Video.
  • Nudge techniques – e.g. breaking questions apart, brainstorming.
  • Interactive online tools – e.g. annotate, white board/ jam board, polls, breakout rooms, chat.
  • Round table or group discussion.
  • Signposting, actions to take away and try.

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