2012 Annual Conference: Rising to the Challenge

Friday 24 February - Sunday 26 February 2012

In times of national economic stress, the provision of cultural and heritage sector support can seem like a luxury. There are many fractures in the structure of our society. Unemployment rates continue to rise, people are losing their homes and health services are being curtailed. In these circumstances support for museum and galleries is not an anomaly - it is a necessity. Caring for cultural assets and treasures is a priority. Our collections, whether national and local, are a physical manifestation of our identity. They have a key role to play in education, research, scholarship, tourism and overall social and community wellbeing.

We acknowledge we are in a time of change but with change come challenges. Are we prepared and willing to embrace these challenges? The IMA Annual Conference 2012 set out to determine where our collecting institutions are placed to embrace change and to prove our worth to wider society.

Guest Speakers:
Julien Anfruns, Director General, International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Chris Bailey, Director, Northern Ireland Museums Council
Tania Banotti, Chief Executive, Theatre Forum Ireland & Secretary, National Campaign for the Arts.
Una Carmody, Director, Arts Audiences
Pat Cooke, Director, MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, University College Dublin
Elizabeth Crooke, Senior Lecturer, Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Ulster
Niall Crowley, Independent Equality Expert
Peader Kirby, Professor of International Politics and Public Policy & Director of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society, University of Limerick
Mark O'Neill, Director of Policy & Research, Cultural & Sport Glasgow (Glasgow Life)
Aidan Pender, Director of Strategic Development, Fáilte Ireland
Michael Starrett, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Council

Click here for the Programme for the weekend

Click here for the Abstracts of presentations on Friday

Click here for Abstracts of presentations on Saturday