An emphasis on case studies, as examples and for comparison as a way into the material
Museum and Gallery Administration as a relatively ‘closed’ world unless you are doing the job. I will aim to open up that world
Lectures? We would prefer conversations
Who are you?
Who are you?
Your current role, or experience of Museums & Galleries
A question you want answered through this course
Introduction to course
Role of Museums & Galleries
New challenges, trends and current issues
Governance and leadership
Planning and delivering major projects in the cultural sector - at the Australian Museum
Planning and delivering projects at the AGNSW - with Anne Flanagan
Project managing cultural projects
People Skills, from an employers perspective
Guest Lecture - Dawn Casey
People skills, from an employees perspective
How museums and galleries are organised
Problem solving and creative solutions
Visions, purposes and missions
Strategic planning in the cultural sector
Funding and finances in the cultural sector
Branding for museums and galleries
Marketing in museums and galleries
Conclusions and Wrap-up
Project Plan 1000-2000 words- 35%
Develop a project plan for one of the following hypothetical projects:
A children’s book based on objects in the indigenous collections at the Australian Museum.
A temporary exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum on the history of mobile telephones, with accompanying online programs
A two-day conference at the Historic Houses Trust on the History of Australian architecture to coincide with Sydney Open weekend.
A new educational program on art for high school students, delivered by the AGNSW to coincide with the Archibald Prize .
A hard hat tour of the site at the MCA during construction for its new extension.
Each plan should include a short statement of the aim of the project and key objectives; a schedule of activities; an initial assessment of resources; a risk assessment; and include a list of the assumptions you have made.
Essay - 3000 words - 65%
The arts policy Creative Capacity +: Arts for all Victorians states that all Victorians should have access to arts and cultural activities. Other cultural policies take a similar approach. What opportunities and challenges does this objective present for Museums and Galleries?
‘ The characteristics of cultural leadership and what makes it different is important’, Charles Saumarez Smith, CEO of the Royal Academy, London.2009. What are the characteristics of an effective leader for a museum or gallery in the 21 st century?
‘ Museums’ future lies on the internet says Serota and MacGregor’ ( The Guardian 8 July 2009). Discuss how Museums and Galleries can address this challenge in strategic, organisational and leadership terms, taking two institutions as examples.
Many cultural organizations deliver their public program using specially-created project teams. How can managers support and challenge their project teams to work effectively?
Can a museum or gallery be sustainable? Discuss with reference to the Museums Australia document MUSEUMS AND SUSTAINABILITY: Guidelines for policy and practice in museums and galleries (2003)
The Role of Museums
National Museum of Australia
Creative Capacity +, Arts for all Victorians, Arts Victoria, Victorian State Government, Australia
Challenges and Trends
Adrian Ellis (2002 and 2009)
Do you agree?
What other challenges and trends would you add?
Government Direct management, Board, Trust
Not-for-profit Board, Trust, Council
Role of Boards/Trusts
Role of CEO, Director
Museum and Gallery Trusts
Australian Museum Trust Act 1975
Museum and Gallery Directors
Australian National Maritime Museum
Meet at William St Entrance of Australian Museum. 9-30am.