Intercultural Dialogue, Cultural Heritage and Indigenous People in the Pacific

 (Brisbane and Canberra - Australia) 
From 21-11-2007   to   23-11-2007

    Three workshops focus on intercultural dialogue and indigenous people in the Pacific. They examine partnerships and projects undertaken, with a view to assisting the development of sustainable museums and galleries in the Pacific region.

    21 November 2007: Indigenous Expertise in Museums Master Class (Brisbane)

    The objectives of this workshop are:

    • Indigenous Protocols: Discussion of indigenous expertise in the negotiation of policies and protocols appropriate to Australian South Sea Islander and Pacific Islander communities resident in Australia, as well as Pacific collections in the custody of Australian museums.
    • Case studies: Profiles of successful major exhibitions/events, problems and issues addressed.
    • Beyond Colonial Legacies – A Hypothetical Exhibition: Identifying opportunities for skills sharing between ATSI and Pacific museum professionals through a hypothetical exhibition on Australian South Sea Islanders and their continuing links with Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. This exercise will discuss the protocols to be established between museums and communities as well as cultural material in Australian collections, resources and collaborative research and skills sharing.

    The master class is part of an expanding field of Australia-Pacific collaborative research and regional dialogue supported by the University of Queensland and the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAPS). It brings together key stakeholders in Australia, including delegates from museums, art galleries and libraries with major Pacific collections, representatives of Pacific communities residing in Australia, members of the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA) and Aotearoa New Zealand’s major museums, as well as the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development (PAO).

    The workshop is organized in collaboration with the Board and Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA), the National Museum of Australia (NMA), the Queensland Museum, the Museum Studies Program of the University of Queensland, the State Library of Queensland and AAPS. The leadership for this initiative is provided by the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development (PAO), which was established within the framework of the Action Plan of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, 2001, as a critical space for intercultural dialogue.

    22 November 2007: Pacific Partnerships Workshop (Canberra)

    The objective of this workshop is to examine the initial projects that have been undertaken, assess the results and discuss the future potential of the scheme to assist the development of sustainable museums in the Pacific region.

    Delegates from Australia’s national and state museums, art galleries and libraries possessing important Pacific collections along with members of the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA), delegates from Aotearoa New Zealand’s major museums and representatives of Australia’s Pacific communities will take part in five panels on:

    • Pacific partnerships, both sides of the story. Experiences from first encounters. Australian Museum, Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta, Queensland Museum, Solomon Islands National Museum;
    • Pacific partnerships, both sides of the story. Experiences from first encounters. Museum of Victoria, Fiji Museum, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Timor Leste;
    • Fresh approaches to Pacific collections in Australia from the perspective of Pacific museums and communities;
    • Role for art galleries, libraries;
    • Future potential of Pacific Partnerships program – Implementation of PIMA Code of Ethics in Australian museums. How might Australian institutions (and potentially New Zealand partners) learn from models and protocols created in the Pacific, and assist Pacific museums with matters of governance, fundraising and marketing, strategic development, skills transfer and support for management?

    Pacific Partnerships is part of an expanding field of Australia-Pacific collaborative research and regional dialogue supported by the National Museum of Australia (NMA) and the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS).

    23 November 2007: Pacific Cultural heritage in Australian Museums and Galleries - A Regional Dialogue Workshop (Canberra)

    The purpose of the workshop is:

    1. to explore and highlight the extent and richness of Pacific movable heritage in the custodianship of Australian museums;
    2. to investigate new ways for Australian museums to renew and diversify their connection with the Pacific communities from which these collections derive; and
    3. to stimulate a meaningful and mutually productive exchange between Australian institutions and innovative curators and directors from the Pacific region.

    Themes for discussion:

    • How to map the extent of the Pacific collections in Australia? What is their unrealized potential?
    • How can the Pacific cultural heritage in Australian museums be better researched and displayed, to stress ‘living culture’?
    • How might Pacific communities be better connected to Pacific materials in Australian cultural institutions through consultation, collaborative research, exhibitions and education?
    • Identify challenging historical research projects, exhibitions and art events connecting Australia and the Pacific.

    Both workshops in Canberra are organized in collaboration with the Board and Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA) and the National Museum of Australia (NMA). Funding was provided by NMA and the Pacific delegates’ travel as assisted by the AusAID International Seminar Support Scheme.


    • Start date - Local time:   21- 11- 2007
    • End date - Local time:  23- 11- 2007
    • Event Location  :  Brisbane and Canberra, Australia
         
    • Name of Contact 1  :  Mali Voi, Regional Cultural Adviser, UNESCO Regional Office in Apia
    • E-mail address  :  m.voi@unesco.org
    • Name of Contact 2  :  Professor Amareswar Galla, University of Queensland
    • E-mail address  :  a.galla@uq.edu.au
    • Name of Contact 3  :  Chairperson ICOM Cross Cultural Task Force; Convener, Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development (UNESCO)
    • Country  :  Australia

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