British Council Urban Futures Program

British Council will launch the arts program “Urban Futures” from 2018 for 3 years across North-East Asia, including Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.  “Urban Futures” program aims to foster greater inclusion and innovation in cities through the arts.  In Taiwan, we will support cross-art institutions and practitioners to explore how art can make our cities more open, dynamic, inclusive and fit for the future.  Our program themes focus on "Art & Social Activism", "Art, Science & Digital Innovation", "Art & Disability" and "Art & Ageing".

This year as part of the “Art & Inclusion” programme, we launch the second-year International Museum Academy (IMA) in Taiwan with Ministry of Culture and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. This year, the theme of the forum is “Audience Development: Re-imagine Museum Engagement in Citizens’ Life,” which attempts to explore how the art museum can engage with the audience (citizens) in diverse and creative ways. The programme is aimed to improve the integral public service thinking and audience development practice of Taiwan’s art museums and art institutes, as well as to promote the collaboration and exchange between Taiwan and the UK. 

British Council is pleased to invite three speakers from the UK. Wendy Gallagher is the Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum, and also is the Strategic Lead for Arts and Health for the Manchester Partnership. During her speech, she will focus on routes to influencing and changing policy, the creation of dynamic research partnerships, the convening power of museums for debate and the essential importance of continuing advocacy of the benefits of culture to the health and wellbeing of the society.  Artist Lucy Burscough has worked with The Whitworth and The Manchester Museum to help deliver their arts for health programme for more than a decade, during her session, she will share examples of her work and how the arts for health practitioner work as a valuable collaborative partner with museums. Ed Watts is the Head of Learning and Engagement at the Whitworth, the University of Manchester. He will use projects, case studies and methodologies from the Whitworth to explore the role of museums and arts organisations working collaboratively in the area of arts, health and social change.

 

 

About "2018 European Forum - International Museum Academy in Taiwan" 

Day 1: Conference

Date: 29 November, 2018 

Participants: 100-150 people

Please click here (the site is in Chinese only) to register for your seats. Deadline for registration is 20 November. 

 

Day 2 and Day 3: Museum and Art Center Visits / Workshop

Dates:
30 November, 2018: Visiting Museum and Art Centres including CHIMEI Museum, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.
1 December, 2018: Workshop

Participants: 30 people; this is a professional workshop, participants should have relevant work experiences at museums, art galleries or related institutions. 

Please click here (the site is in Chinese only) to register for your seats. Deadline for registration is 12 November. Confirmation e-mails will be sent out on 15 November to eligible participants.

 

 

"2018 European Forum - International Museum Academy in Taiwan" Event Details

 

Dates and locations:

Conference (29 November): Auditorium on the basement level, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (No. 80, Meishuguan Rd, Gushan District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 80460) 

Musuem visit (30 November): CHIMEI Museum, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Workshop (1 December): Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Multi-purpose Room

Fee: The conference, museum visit and workshop are free of charge. However, eligible participants for workshop and museum visit need to pay NT$500 for deposit, or they will not be able to join the activities. The deposit will be returned to participants on 1 December. Participants also need to bring a valid ID for identification purposes. 

For more information, please contact Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts via phone at (07)555-0331 ext. 243 or via email

Conference Agenda (29 November)

The conference consists of three sessions, in each of which, UK and Taiwan speakers will give a speech respectively. Each session will also be followed by a panel discussion, in which other panelists will be invited to join the discussion. (Simultaneous interpretation equipment is available.)

Time Programme Description Speaker(s)
09:30-09:45 Registration    
09:45-10:00 Opening Welcoming remarks Addresses by distinguished guests
Session 1: Art Museum Engagement in Citizens' Wellbeing
Chair: Yuki Pan / Director of Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
10:00-10:30 Speech I A Time to Recognize the Powerful Contribution the Arts can Make to Health and Wellbeing Wendy Gallagher / Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum; Strategic Lead for Arts and Health for the Manchester Partnership
10:30-11:00 Speech I Loving to Visit the Art Museum: Diversified Audience Engagements Ying-Ying Lai / Professor of the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, National Taiwan University of Arts
11:00-11:20 Break    
11:20-12:00 Panel Discussion I Future Possibility for the Audience Development of the Art Museum

Wendy Gallagher / Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum; Strategic Lead for Arts and Health for the Manchester Partnership

Ying-Ying Lai / Professor of the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, National Taiwan University of Arts

Hui-Yuan Iris Liu / Board Member of Chinese Association of Museums

12:00-13:30 Lunch    

Session II: The Role of the Artist
Chair: Ying-Ying Lai / Professor of the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, National Taiwan University of Arts

13:30-14:00 Speech II Recognising the Role of the Gallery as Mentor Within an Arts for Health Practice Lucy Burscough / Artist
14:00-14:30 Speech II Cultural Memory / Relationship / Game / Sculpture / Museum Wei-Cheng Tu / Artist
14:30-15:10 Panel Discussion II How Can the Art Museum Get Inspiration from the Artist

Lucy Burscough / Artist

Wei-Cheng Tu / Artist

Jow-Jiun Gong / Associate Professor of Doctoral Program in Art Creation and Theory, Tainan National University of the Arts

15:10-15:30 Break    
Session III: The Role of the Art Museum
Chair: Kwang-Tyng Wu / Professor and Chairman of Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University
15:30-16:00 Speech III The Role of Museum in Audience Engagement through Collaborative Art, Health and Wellbeing Programming Ed Watts / Head of Learning and Engagement, the Whitworth, University of Manchester
16:00-16:30 Speech III Connection & Interdisciplinarity: the Education Practice of a New Type of Art Museum Yuan-Shuen Chang / Chief of Education and Public Services Department, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
16:30-17:00 Speech III The Role of the Art Museum: When the Museum Engages with the Everday Life Hsing-Yu Hou / Chief of Public Services Department, Chimei Museum
17:00-17:40 Panel Discussion III The Key Execution for the Audience Development Project of Art Museum

Ed Watts / Head of Learning and Engagement, the Whitworth, University of Manchester

Yuan-Shuen Chang / Chief of Education and Public Services Department, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Hsing-Yu Hou / Chief of Public Services Department, Chimei Museum

17:40- End of the conference    

Museum and Art Centre Visits Agenda (30 November)

Participants will take a tour bus to make a one-day visit to important art and cultural institutes, including CHIMEI Museum, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.

Time Activities Details
08:00-08:30 Registration at the KMFA parking lot  
08:30-09:30 Travel to Chimei Museum  
09:30-09:45 Arrive at Chimei Museum and register with the museum  
09:45-11:45 Visit Chimei Museum and join the guided tour Guided tour provided by the Chimei Museum
11:45-12:00 Walk toward the parking lot at Chimei Museum  
12:00-12:10 Travel to the restaurant  
12:10-13:10 Lunch  
13:10-14:10 Travel to National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)  
14:10-15:40 Arrive at Weiwuying and join the guided tour Guided tour provided by Weiwuying
15:40-16:10 Travel to KMFA  
16:10-17:40 Arrive at KMFA and join the guided tour Visit KMFA and Children’s Museum of Art

Workshop (1 December)

Wendy Gallagher, Lucy Burscough and Ed Watts will be leading the workshop.

Time  Activities Details
09:15-09:30 Registration  
09:30-10:00 Course introduction  
10:00-11:00 Group activities I

Participants will be divided into two groups, and each group (approximately 15 people) will be led by Lucy burscough and Wendy Gallagher respectively for group activities.

First group: Led by Lucy Burscough / Topic: Pulling Portraits Apart

Second group: Led by Wendy Gallagher / Topic: Aesthetics of Anatomy - Discussing approach to Arts and Health work during practical life drawing session)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break  
11:30-12:30 Group Activities II Two groups will exchange the topics in Group Activities I
12:30-12:45 Discussion / Q&A Session  
12:45-13:45 Lunch  
13:45-15:15 Group Activities III Ed Watts will present the group activity first, and the topic is: Co-producing museum programmes with diverse audiences. The participants will be divided into three groups, and each group (approximately 10 people) will be led by the three UK leaders respectively. Each group will choose a kind of audience and randomly choose an artwork or a space in KMFA to co-produce a museum art programme and then present the programme at the workshop.
15:15-15:45 Coffee break  
15:45-16:45 Conclusion by the UK leaders  
16:45-17:15 Discussion / Q&A  
17:15 End of the workshop  

 

 

Speaker Biographies

Wendy Gallagher / Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum; Strategic Lead for Arts and Health for the Manchester Partnership

Wendy Gallagher, is Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester and strategic lead for Arts and Health for the Manchester Partnership. Her role at Manchester Museum will support and drive forward the major £13 million capital development project, Hello Future. This transformation, driven by social purpose aims to become the UK's most imaginative, inclusive and caring museum. She continues to lead the growth of health and culture partnerships across Greater Manchester and works across health, social care, education and cultural sectors to develop integrated services and programmes that meet the needs of communities. Wendy was recognised for outstanding and innovative contributions to arts and health research and practice by Royal Society of Public health in 2012. She has a particular interest in mental health, dementia and stroke psychosocial arts interventions and recently achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health - Dementia Care from the University of Manchester. Wendy sits on several national boards and networks, including the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

 

Lucy Burscough / Artist

Lucy Burscough is a National Portrait Gallery exhibited and Royal Society of Public Health award winning portrait painter and arts for health practitioner. For more than a decade she has led numerous ‘arts for health’ engagement projects collaborating with renowned galleries, hospitals and charitable organisations. As her personal practice, Lucy creates art with medical themes in public clinical spaces with the intention of inspiring interesting and lively conversations and providing a relaxing atmosphere. Lucy is currently artist in residence at Maggie’s Cancer Support Centre in Manchester UK where she is working on ‘Facing Out’, a project that celebrates people who have experienced facial cancer and reconstructive surgery.

 

Ed Watts / Head of Learning and Engagement, the Whitworth, the University of Manchester

Ed Watts is the Head of Learning and Engagement at the Whitworth, part of the University of Manchester.  Ed leads the gallery’s dynamic and award winning Learning and Engagement team, working collaboratively with audiences across health, social care, volunteering and education sectors, seeking to work in new ways and extend reach to the most diverse audiences. Ed is also a lead on the cultural steering group for Age Friendly Manchester, looking at a citywide approach on culture and ageing. Ed has led on research, projects and partnerships to explore how art can open up new ways to connect with Manchester’s older residents.