Monday 30 April 2018
Museums are neither neutral nor static - they constantly change and often reflect how society sees itself.
Whose stories and lives are shown is a constant negotiation, and it is often the role of artists to question and challenge the status quo.
These negotiations can cause huge debate - from confederate statues in the United States to LGBT lanyards at the National Trust. The relationship between who we think we are and our objects and heritage is emotional and charged.
Developed to accompany Flux, a newly commissioned exhibition created by Matt Smith in response to the collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum, this study day will explore how cultural organisations are shifting their focus, questioning our histories, and making themselves relevant to a wider public.
Speakers include artist and curator Matt Smith; Richard Sandell, Professor of Museums Studies, University of Leicester; Catrin Jones, curator, The Holburne Museum and Jasleen Kaur, artist.
No previous activist experience needed!