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2019 M&G QLD State Conference

17-20 September 2019

Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Far North Queensland

The 2019 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference is a major professional development initiative dedicated to the volunteer and professional workers in Queensland’s public gallery and museum sector.

Held every four years, the Conference will offer a full program of presentations and workshops for the sector to come together and discuss issues affecting regional and public museum/gallery practice at a local, national and international level.

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Conference Focus

Museums and galleries today are talking more and more about ways of engaging with our diverse audiences and stakeholders. There is an increasing pressure to grow visitor numbers and much has been written about audience research and development. But how do we as museums and galleries meaningfully engage with our communities and respond to our visitor’s voices?

Connecting with visitors is one of the most important aspects of running a museum or gallery. Without a welcoming atmosphere, engaging interpretation and a wide audience reach, people will find other ways to spend their time.

Knowing and understanding who our many communities are, and then listening and communicating with them is central to developing interpretation and exhibitions, designing relevant programs and promoting them effectively. This should also be integral to how we collect and undertake research.

Challenging ourselves to think beyond counting heads to the quality of interactive opportunities and audience and stakeholder engagement will be explored throughout the Conference, along with organisational changes required to become a truly inclusive museum or gallery.

Call for Papers

M&G QLD invites you to submit a proposal for presenting a paper at the 2019 Conference.

Conference papers should address the Conference Focus above and aim to share best practice, examine successes and failures, and discuss ideas to help shape a sector to foster a sense of inclusiveness, engage with new communities, stimulate curiosity, and advance knowledge.

Submission Deadline: 3 April 2019

Presentation Format
Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes for questions.

Submissions should contain the following information:

  • Name, Position, Organisation
  • Contact details
  • Title of proposed presentation 
  • 150 to 200-word description of proposed presentation (to be printed in Conference Program)
  • 100-word biography on presenter/s (to be printed in Conference Program)

To submit a proposal, please download the form below and email your completed form to:
Deannah Vieth, Training and Professional Development Manager, Museums & Galleries Queensland at
Phone: 07 3059 9742


Museums & Galleries Queensland
122 Gerler Road
Hendra QLD 4011

t: (07) 3059 9740 / Freecall within QLD: 1800 866 101

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