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Outside Insights - MA18 Conference
20-23 May 2018, Christchurch, New Zealand

Museum practice is enriched by connecting with people working outside the museum sector and applying their insights. In the post-quake Christchurch transformation we've pulled together and learnt from others. This conference presents inspirational speakers who offer perspectives on place-making, alternative ways of working, and the role of cultural institutions in a rapidly changing world.

Keynote Speakers

Tā Mark Solomon: Former Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 1998-2016 and board member of Te Papa 2001-2007. He now has various directorship roles including Deputy Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board.

Elizabeth Connor: Founder of The KinShip, dedicated to using storytelling and other creative tools to connect the potential of science with the real needs of the world, winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Prize for Science Communication.

Kaila Colbin: Curator of TEDxChristchurch and TEDxScottBase, NZ Ambassador for Singularity University, co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute, Deputy Chair of CORE Education, and a director of ChristchurchNZ, the Christchurch agency responsible for tourism, major events and economic development.


The conference will begin with a whakatau on the evening of Sunday 20 May at Christchurch Art Gallery, followed by the 2018 ServiceIQ NZ Museums Awards presentation.

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May are full days of keynotes, panels and curated sessions in which we will hear from a wide range of people.

Social events include a gala dinner at the Air Force Museum on Monday night, and a Mystery Night at Canterbury Museum on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday 23 May is a day of options – tours, workshops and hosted visits with museum and gallery colleagues.

A Kāhui Kaitiaki hui and Emerging Museum Professionals Huakina both take place Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 May. See separate programme pages above for details.

Sponsors and Hosts

We thank major sponsors NZ Micrographic Services, Toulouse Ltd and ServiceIQ for their ongoing support of MA activities, and our hosts at Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and the Air Force Museum for confernce planning and hosting us in Christchurch.


Contact Museums Aotearoa

Use the details below or the contact form to the right to get in touch.

Museums Aotearoa 04 499 1313

MA18 - Outside Insights

20th May 2018 - 23rd May 2018
04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Christchurch, New Zealand, New Zealand