Museums are increasingly under pressure from funders, the press and donors to change their programming, displays and events. As part of the Museum Association’s annual conference Index on Censorship’s Julia Farrington will tale about Index’s guides for arts organisations dealing with controversial exhibitions. This session will ask if and how museums can preserve their independence in the face of difficult demands and public controversy.
Speakers will discuss experiences of curating a collection featuring controversial artworks, a recent study of censorship and self-censorship, and the ongoing Index on Censorship project to provide guidance for cultural venues in moments of controversy. The session elicits views and stories from delegates via electronic voting.
Policy Officer, Museums Association
Director, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft
Associate Arts Producer, Index on Censorship
Academic Director, School of Museum Studies, Leicester University