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Following on from our sold out Imagination Museum Consortium events in July 2020, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding another free online discussion event (via Zoom) for those interested in using dance and movement within heritage:

on the 22nd October 2020

from 10-12noon

The consortium events we held earlier in the year, in July, focused more on the dancer perspective. This time we want to hear from a range of museum, archive, gallery perspectives about reopening and some of the key concerns for those working in heritage at this time, as well as some opportunities that have been, and are continuing to be created around opening up processes of interpretation and trying to initiate change.

The event in October will be facilitated once again by Emma McFarland (currently head of the National Gallery’s Innovation Programme as well as an Independent Digital/Innovation Producer), and we are aiming to:

- hear from 4 speakers and have an opportunity to ask questions of those speakers,

- bring together attendees working in dance and heritage in breakout discussion to think about where dance/movement might sit within some of the ideas being presented.

We are particularly interested in ways that dance artists and organisations might be able to work collaboratively with heritage organisations over extended periods of time, not only in offering performances and workshops, but also learning from each other about different ways of approaching challenges, engaging visitors, and undertaking research for example.

We’re still in the process of finalising our schedule for the 22nd October, but will be sharing the line-up for the session over the coming weeks. If you would like to book your place for the event, please click the 'Get Tickets' button at the top of the page.

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Designed and facilitated by: Emma McFarland

Emma is a highly experienced Innovation and Digital Producer and Strategic Designer working in the arts, cultural and not for profit sectors. She combines a role at The National Gallery heading up their Innovation Programme with work as an independent, creating, producing and managing digital and complex cross-disciplinary projects and designing processes which catalyse innovation and facilitate co-design.

in consultation with The Imagination Museum director Katie Green and evaluator Elsa Urmston, plus other contributors to be confirmed. With additional support from Louisa Petts.

Images from our Consortium event in May 2019 at The Usher Gallery and Collection Museum, Lincoln by Roswitha Chesher; performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey.

The Imagination Museum Consortium has been formed as part of the Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 Strategic Touring project, which is supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils, Pavilion Dance South West, the Surf the Wave programme and The Charter Trustees of East Retford and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture. 

Please contact us on [email protected] after booking your ticket if you have any accessibility requirements about which you would like us to be aware or require any of the information we'll be providing in a different format.

We will be holding the event via Zoom (link details to be sent nearer the time of the event), and as part of the session presenters may share presentations, we will use the chat feature and we will be holding break-out discussions in smaller groups. If you would like further information about any of these elements do let us know.

We will be trying to provide some notes about our presenters in advance of the sessions so that participants can prepare a bit by reading/listening to other linked resources in advance if they wish, but this will be optional.

What is the Imagination Museum Consortium?

An informal group of those involved in dance and heritage interested in exploring new ways of moving in museums. You can sign up to our Consortium-specific mailing list here

The event on the 22nd October is being made possible through our reallocation of some of our Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding, as part of our Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project. It will very likely be the last event of this kind we will be able to hold until we are able to identify future funding for the Imagination Museum network, which we hope will enable us to formalise our offer, including

putting together ‘toolkit’-style resources for those completely new to working in these contexts updating our website to put the great range of dance/heritage case studies we have now gathered (and continue to collect) front and centre on the site, as well as expanding the ways we are able to advocate at a more strategic level for more of this work taking place.

We’d love to hear from you all at the event in October to help us shape what this next period of development and support for the growing dance/heritage community could look like.


Where can I find other resources?

If you would like to see some of the resources from our Imagination Museum Consortium events in July 2020, please visit our Linktree here or read the series of 3 blog posts starting here which summarise our discussion from those events.

Will there be a waiting list for tickets for the 22nd October if the event becomes fully-booked?

Yes, if you find the event fully booked when you come to reserve your space, do let us know if you're interested in joining if anyone has to drop out. Alternatively, let us know if you would like to receive any resources that we share after the 22nd October (contact [email protected] or [email protected]).

Any other questions, please let us know at [email protected] or [email protected]


Made By Katie Green

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company using dance, text and music to respond to places where you would not usually expect to find a dance performance. Most recently we have done this through our 'Dancing in Museums' and 'Dancing in Caves' projects. We are interested in telling stories about what it means to be human, what this has meant throughout history and how what has happened in the past affects us now. We want to create vibrant, memorable, moving work, and to do this in all kinds of places for a range of different audiences.