Welcome to the podcast For Arts' Sake. Here we discover what museums are really for and what people who work there really do. Above all, we find out what impact museums have on people's life. Every week we ask leading museum professionals to share their stories. These stories are about the groundbreaking work that these people do - for arts’ sake and for your sake
Episode 1 - Jervais Choo: ‘Future-Proofing the Past: Tech's Role in Preserving Culture’
49:38In our opening episode of Season 7, meet Jervais Choo, Deputy Director of Organisational Design and Innovation at Singapore's National Heritage Board and founder of DigiMuse. Explore how his work with digital artists and technologies like AI and VR is changing museum experiences. The discussion includes practical advice for integrating tech into museums, understanding digital innovation's role, the necessity of experimentation, and future directions in museum technology.
Diva Zumaya: shaping narratives - a curator's journey at LACMA
29:23In this episode, we chat with Diva Zumaya, assistant curator at LACMA. Join us as we explore her journey at LACMA, where she challenges dominant narratives in European art history, and learn about her deep passion for teamwork in the curatorial process.
Episode 5 - Harriet Body: ‘Using the healing power of the arts to improve access to museums and galleries’
32:34Art can be a transformative force for good, as Harriet Body shows us on this episode of For Arts' Sake. As an Australian artist who uses the arts to create inclusive spaces and promote mental wellbeing, Harriet shares her inspiring work and discusses the impact of the arts on individuals and communities.
Episode 4 - Dr Sadiah Boonstra: ‘Decolonising Indonesian history, heritage, and art through research and curatorship’
34:45In this episode, we chat with Dr. Sadiah Boonstra, a Jakarta-based curator, researcher, and advocate for decolonial practices in the museum world. With experience working at cultural institutions around the world, Dr. Boonstra will discuss the importance of preserving cultural heritage, engaging with diverse communities, and challenging dominant narratives in the museum sector.
Episode 3 - Helen Hillyard: ‘Keeping historical collections relevant and curating for local audiences’
36:31Join us for the conversation with Helen Hillyard, curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, as she shares her insights into the world of curation, the importance of making historical collections relevant to contemporary audiences, and creating a dialogue between the past and present.
Episode 2 - Jenny Newell: 'How cultural institutions can help fight climate change'
31:27In this episode we are speaking with Dr. Jenny Newell, Curator for Climate Change at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Join us as we discuss the unique role that museums and cultural institutions can play in tackling the climate crisis and learn about some inspiring initiatives.
Episode 1 - Claire Bown: ‘Creating joyful museum experiences through slow looking and Visible Thinking’
42:18Join museum educator Claire Brown in exploring the power of slow looking and Visible Thinking in museums, and discover how these approaches can enhance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of artworks.
Episode 5 - Sarah Cowie: ‘Being in two places at once: engaging audiences across multiple sites’
50:03This episode features an interview with Sarah Cowie, at the time the Engagement Manager for National Museums Scotland. Julia and Alina spoke with Sarah about working across multiple museums at once, the importance of finding interesting role models for young visitors, and strategies for keeping audiences engaged, visit after visit. Since this interview was recorded, Sarah has moved into a new role with the National Trust.
Episode 4 - Daria Beglova: ‘Reinventing and rebuilding hidden heritage’
33:20In this week’s For Arts’ Sake, Julia and James sit down to chat with Daria Beglova, head of the Peredelkino Arts Centre and Residence. Despite falling into disrepair, Peredelkino remains an icon of Moscow culture and Russian literature. The discussion centres on the importance of preserving heritage and the parallels between history and present-day events.