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International Symposium Museum as Toolbox

International Symposium Museum as Toolbox

Time: 27.08.16  10:30–18:00
Price: Free of charge

We are pleased to invite you to the International Symposium Museum as Toolbox, which will take place on 27th of August 2016 in Tallinn (Estonia) at the Kumu Art Museum.

The symposium aims to shed light on issues concerning audience development in art museums and to find tools for efficient bi-directional communication with target audiences, in particular young adults. How can museums become interactive toolboxes and socially-relevant spaces? With that in mind, it will take a close look at participatory projects initiated in various museums.

Thematic sessions

– youth and art museums

– socially-engaged art and artist interventions in art museums

– communication tools

The symposium is part of the programme of activities of the project Translocal: Museum as Toolbox, which explores possibilities and paths for communication for museums. The project aims to design innovative tools for art museums and to share good practices of artist residencies in museums, while working together with young people (between the ages of 15 and 25). Jointly with young people, this project investigates how contemporary art museums can be more relevant to the lives of young people and asks how young people themselves envisage a modern art museum.

The project is a co-operative effort between Kunsthaus Graz (Austria), Kumu Tallinn (Estonia), MSU Zagreb (Croatia), Museion Bozen (Italy) and MS Łódź (Poland), and is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The invited presenters include Professor Victoria Walsh (Royal College of Art, London), Jasper Visser (Museum of the Future), Sinéad K. Rice (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin / Fiosraigh PhD Scholar / Member of the NEMO Working Group “The Learning Museum”), Michela Perrotta (Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana, Venice), Nikolaj Recke (Artist in ULK Art Labs at Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen), and Louise Springborg (Interaction Designer & Coordinator in ULK Art Labs at Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen).

Symposium programme

Abstracts and biographies

The symposium is free of charge but registration is required. Registration is open until 15 August. Since the number of participants is limited, please remember to cancel your registration if you are not able to attend.

The symposium will be held in English.


Mary-Ann Talvistu

Curator of Public Programmes
Kumu Art Museum
Tel. +372 5684 6001


The symposium is supported by: