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2019 M&G QLD State Conference


17-20 September 2019

Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Far North Queensland

Opening Doors, the 2019 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference was a major professional development initiative dedicated to the volunteer and professional workers in Queensland’s public gallery and museum sector.

Held every four years, the Conference offered a full program of presentations and workshops for the sector to come together and discuss issues affecting regional and public museum/gallery practice at a local, national and international level.

View videos of the keynote presentations by clicking here.

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The Conference included:

  • Welcome Reception at a local cultural organisation
  • Presentations from sponsors
  • Networking dinners for delegates at local restaurants
  • Tours of local cultural organisations and public art
  • Pre-dinner drinks hosted by AMaGAQ and PGQ
  • Workshops/Masterclasses with international keynotes and professional consultants

The Conference used the hashtag #MGQ19

Conference Focus

Museums and galleries today are talking more and more about ways of engaging with our diverse audiences and stakeholders. There is an increasing pressure to grow visitor numbers and much has been written about audience research and development. But how do we as museums and galleries meaningfully engage with our communities and respond to our visitor’s voices?

Connecting with visitors is one of the most important aspects of running a museum or gallery. Without a welcoming atmosphere, engaging interpretation and a wide audience reach, people will find other ways to spend their time.

Knowing and understanding who our many communities are, and then listening and communicating with them is central to developing interpretation and exhibitions, designing relevant programs and promoting them effectively. This should also be integral to how we collect and undertake research.

Challenging ourselves to think beyond counting heads to the quality of interactive opportunities and audience and stakeholder engagement was explored throughout the Conference, along with organisational changes required to become a truly inclusive museum or gallery.

Conference Supporters

The 2019 M&G QLD Conference could not happen without the generous support of sponsors. Thank you to the following supporters:









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