The IMA Forum - Exhibition-making: library collections was held on 7 December 2016, in collaboration with the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.
Books, manuscripts, pamphlets.... these fragile documents have their own special exhibition requirements and the IMA's collections forum 2016 focused on this aspect of exhibition-making, discussing and sharing curatorial best practice.
Invited guest Dr Sandra Collins, Director, National Library of Ireland, gave an opening address to delegates, followed by short 15 minute presentations, with ample time for reflection and discussion, by speakers selected from an open call for papers:
Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library: 'Round peg in a square hole, or fitting a collection into an exhibition'
Dr Orla Fitzpatrick, National Museum of Ireland: 'Off the Shelf: maximising the potential of library collections within the museum'
Andrew Moore, Library assistant, National Gallery of Ireland: 'Rare auction catalogues in the National Gallery of Ireland'
Mark Reynolds, Archivist GAA Museum: 'The GAA Museum's library and archive collections'
Jennifer Greiner: 'Risking the Work of Angels: 'The loan and exhibition of iconic manuscripts'
Evelyn Flanagan, Special Collections Librarian, University College Dublin: 'Creating Exhibitions in Special Collections UCD Library'
Brian Crowley, Curator, The Pearse Museum: 'Knowing I loved my books': Exhibiting Shakespeare at the Pearse Museum
Nicola Ralston, Assistant Keeper, Education and Outreach Department, National Library of Ireland: 'Evolving through Evaluation: Learning lessons at the National Library of Ireland'
This forum was supported by the National Library of Ireland who have generously provided the IMA with use of their lecture theatre. The IMA is funded by its membership, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs, and The Heritage Council of Ireland.
Click here for detailed Schedule, Abstracts, and Speakers' Biographies.