2016 Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference


The Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference is back in 2016 and will be held in beautiful Phillip Island at the Cowes Cultural Centre on 6-7 October.

Under the central theme of Future-proofing, the Conference will consider the challenges facing museums and galleries, and focus on innovative ways to achieve financial, social (succession planning, staff training), and environmental sustainability.

The event will include traditional keynotes, interactive discussions, lightning talks, focused parallel sessions, and a discussion panel. Topics to be covered include: the impact of climate change on museum buildings and collections, developing regional audiences, interpretation and storytelling, and adapting to change.

Our Keynote Speakers will be Adam Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement at the Worcester Art Museum in the US, Dr J Patrick Greene OBE, CEO of Museum Victoria, and Jacqui Hemsley, Director of MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury).

> View Keynote Speakers' profiles

Detailed program information will be added to this page as we progress with our planning. Browse the right-hand side menus for information about the pre-Conference get-together, the Conference Cocktail Dinner, the networking session for students, and the expo of industry suppliers.

This year, the Conference will be preceded by the Museums Australia Education (MAE) Day and there will be a free shuttle bus to take those attending both events to the Cowes Cultural Centre.

2016 Conference Sponsors and Supporters

Thank you to our 2016 Conference sponsors and supporters: the Ministry for the Arts, Deakin University, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Destination Phillip Island.


Registration is now open. Tickets are priced to encourage membership of MA.
> Become a member

A limited number of bursaries is available.

Student: $120
Super Earlybird: $270 (sold out)
Earlybird: $320 (closes 08/08)
Standard: $390 (09/08 to 28/09)

Student: $280 (closes 28/09)
Standard: $560 (closes 28/09)

> Register for the Conference

Cocktail Dinner
All tickets: $90 (closes 28/09)
> Book for the Cocktail Dinner

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If you would like to be kept up-to-date with Conference news (speakers, social events, etc.), you can subscribe to our Conference email alerts (please note: Victorian members of MA will automatically receive Conference alerts and do not need to subscribe).