Symposium | Rooms for Thought: Radical Uses of Museum Collections

MUM collections symposiumRooms for Thought examines recent curatorial initiatives with collections, undertaken both by artists and curators alike. We are delighted to bring Dr Clémentine Deliss to Australia to discuss her groundbreaking work with ethnographic collections at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, as well as Jaroslaw Suchan, whose unconventional curatorial approach to the collections at Muzeum Sztuki has brought great attention to this artist-initiated regional museum in Lodz, Poland. These keynote speakers will be joined by Australian and New Zealand artists, academics and curators in a program designed to look at the movement away from defined roles and methodologies through a number of case studies. It is presented in parallel to Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA, an exhibition which takes inspiration from the Monash University Collection.

Speakers: Dr Clémentine Deliss, Justin Paton, Jarosław Suchan, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, Patrick Pound, Rebecca Coates, Jane Devery, Daniel Palmer, Sarah Farrar, Brook Andrew, Holly Williams, David Cross, Sean Dockray, Charlotte Day and Tara McDowell.

Full program available here (pdf) collections-symposium

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Friday 12 September 2014
5.00–5.45pm: Welcome drinks and exhibition viewing
Fiona Connor: Wallworks, MUMA, Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University Caulfield campus

6.00–7.30pm: Keynote lecture with Dr Clémentine Deliss
Lecture Theatre G1.04, Building G, Monash University, Caulfield campus
This is a free event, however bookings are essential: 03 9905 4217 or

Saturday 13 September 2014
9.30am–5.30pm: Symposium

Venue: Lecture Theatre G1.04, Building G, Monash University, Caulfield campus
Cost: $25/$15 includes conference reader, lunch and refreshments
Registration is essential: Register online here.

Presented by MUMA [Monash University Museum of Art] and the Curatorial Practice Program at MADA [Monash Art Design and Architecture] in association with University Art Museums Australia [UAMA].

Convened by Charlotte Day, Director, MUMA and Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director, Curatorial Practice, MADA.