International Museums Day: British Council Sina Weibo Event in China

It was an honour to be asked by the British Council’s Director of Arts in China, Rehana Mughal to participate in the discussion about the future of museums on IMD. I was joined by Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museums and Helen Jones of the Science Museum Group. The event was broadcast by Sina Weibo in China. Clip below. Continue reading International Museums Day: British Council Sina Weibo Event in China

International Museums Day 2020: Diversity and Inclusion

International Museums Day is on 18 May 2020 and in celebration of the theme equality and diversity, I curated an online exhibition on the topic – Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation – for ArtUK’s new Curations platform. A selection of works from the exhibition below. ICOM UK is hosting a series of activities in partnership with British Council which can be found here. As a black … Continue reading International Museums Day 2020: Diversity and Inclusion

New Book: Digital Future of Museums, Conversations and Provocations

I was delighted to be asked to be part of the book Digital Future of Museums: Conversations and Provocations by Keir Winesmith and Suse Anderson. I really enjoyed the discussion I had with Arthur Cohen, CEO of LaPlaca Cohen, the company behind Culture Track, which can be found in Conversation #10. The book also features conversations with Kati Price, Digital Director at the V&A, Tony … Continue reading New Book: Digital Future of Museums, Conversations and Provocations

SXSW: Time Machines, Museums and the Future of the Past

I’m incredibly excited to be attending my first SXSW event. I’ve been working with my colleagues at Art Council England to develop the art programme and a series of panel discussions. I’ll be moderating the session Time Machines, Museums and the Future of the Past in which I will be exploring the role of museums at a time when there is a very real possibility … Continue reading SXSW: Time Machines, Museums and the Future of the Past

Art (I)rrelevance Symposium: Academics, Collectors, Funders and Artists Talk Data, AI and Arts

The inaugural ‘AI and art futures symposium’ (12 September 2019) explored the interplay of art market futures, art and data, and the role of the tangible and intangible artefact. Organised by UCL (Jo Townshend, UCL Enterprise and Innovation) and hosted by Barbican, the symposium considered the following topics: How the democratisation of art is shaping art markets: What are the current themes emerging from the art markets … Continue reading Art (I)rrelevance Symposium: Academics, Collectors, Funders and Artists Talk Data, AI and Arts

The Messy Edge at Brighton Digital Festival

I was invited to give closing remarks at The Messy Edge which was part of the Brighton Digital Festival in October.  The Messy Edge highlights the perspectives and voices of those who are marginalised in the digital revolution. Bill Thompson, who leads R&D at the BBC, framed the day by highlighting the messy edges, not only between our online and offline lives, but the very boundaries … Continue reading The Messy Edge at Brighton Digital Festival

Alternate Realities Summit 2019: Incomputable Sensibilities

I was delighted to chair a session at Sheffield Doc Fest’s Alternative Realities Summit with three talented female filmmakers who are using 360 Video to make work the articulates the experience of people from different backgrounds. In Converging Sensibilities: Considering Creative Practice, I spoke to Sadah Espii Proctor, Maria Belen Poncio, Nyasha Kadandara. Proctor is the director of Girl Icon. This 360 video shows you Rani’s journey to … Continue reading Alternate Realities Summit 2019: Incomputable Sensibilities

2019 Knowledge Quarter Conference: The Future of Knowledge

It was a pleasure to be asked to part of the plenary session The Future of Knowledge Sharing. Start from the premise that over the next decade we are likely to experience vast changes in how individuals and organisations engage with knowledge, I was joined by F1000’s Publishing Director Michael Markie, Maria Nelson, Head of Innovation at Digital Catapult, UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation … Continue reading 2019 Knowledge Quarter Conference: The Future of Knowledge

Government can work! Seeing Culture is Digital come to life

At a time when confidence in  government is low and political cynicism is high, I wanted to share a story demonstrating that the public can still have a role in bringing about positive change through government (rather than despite of it). Part I:  The Idea It was close to three years ago when I was seated next Matthew Hancock MP at a conference after he … Continue reading Government can work! Seeing Culture is Digital come to life