Future Museums: Ways of Sharing History

In Conversation with Amy Sharrocks & Alec Coles

Fremantle Arts Centre Sat 10 Feb, 12.00pm-1.00pm

Museums tell stories about the past and present, but they also have the ability to speculate about the future. Join Museum of Water creator Amy Sharrocks and WA Museum CEO Alec Coles in a conversation about museum-ification, systems of care, democracy and alternative ways of holding onto our most treasured histories. Who is listened to and what is kept?

Duration: 60mins

Free, no registration required

Future Museums: Ways of Sharing History is part of a series of events celebrating Museum of Water, an exhibition of publicly donated water and accompanying stories exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre 7 Feb – 23 March 2018.

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About the Speakers

Amy Sharrocks (UK)
Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker who invites people to come on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. Undertaking these journeys with a sense of humour, joy and risk, Amy creates work that is rich, unpredictable and different every time. This invitation and the bravery and invention of people’s responses, produces new avenues for exploration and fantastic visions within the everyday.

Alec Coles (WA) 
Alec Coles is CEO of the Western Australian Museum, the State’s museum with branches in Perth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany.  Coles has held this position since March 2010.  He was previously Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in North East England and  a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Expert Panel and an executive member of both the National Museum Director’s Conference and the Museums Association. He is driving Western Australia’s initiative to build a new State Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre, scheduled to open in 2020. He  aspires to create a museum that is owned and valued by all West Australians and admired by the world. Coles was recognised for Services to Museums in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2010, being made an OBE. In March 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of Western Australia in recognition of his contribution to the Arts.