Looking Forward, Looking Back #MEET2021 at #AMAGA2021: Program and Abstracts

MEET is the annual gathering of educators, evaluators and technologists working across the cultural sector, held in conjunction with the AMaGA conference, this year being held in Canberra. This year MEET is on Thursday 10 June, 9-11.45 am in the Ferguson Room, National Library of Australia.

Talks are structured around:

  • What have we learned?
  • What are the opportunities going forward?
  • How will we now work differently?
  • Noting that the word ‘pivot’ is banned (except for Michael Parry!)

If you haven’t already booked for #MEET2021, please email Dr Lynda Kelly, EVRNN President: evrnnma@gmail.com. But hurry, numbers are limited to 50!



Kylie Neagle, Education Coordinator, Art Gallery of South Australia. AGSA Education launching into (online) space

Shift from in person to online teacher professional development that connects with the gallery and is relevant for educators and our online workshop pedagogy. Moving forward; how to deliver a blend of in person and online within current resourcing limitations.

Dr Stephanie Smith, Manager of Learning, MoAD. Digital Snapshots

  • Short, sharp digital resources to support teachers in the classroom or remote learning
  • Accessible content similar format – background, story, call to action activity
  • Drawing on objects, spaces and stories to engage students

Abbie McPhie, Audience Research and Evaluation Manager AND Marissa Beard, Education Manager, National Museum of Australia. The Endeavour Voyage: a comparison of a digital exhibition and programs with the onsite experience

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) planned a major onsite exhibition around the 250 Anniversary of the sailing of HMB Endeavour, with an onsite education program developed to complement a visit to the exhibition. Schools / education were a key audience and significant audience testing undertaken.

But then… COVID-19 happened and the NMA had to adapt this content for digital. This paper presents the exhibition as a key example of what works and what doesn’t when adapting content for digital, for both schools / education and general audiences, and how digital and onsite content, programs and resources can intersect with each other in unexpected ways.

Krysia Kitch, Manager Learning Program AND Gill Raymond, Digital Manager, National Portrait Gallery. Wrangling Workshops, maximising impact

Adaption of existing schools’ programs to home delivery with scaling up to deliver intended onsite workshops to online delivery. Technical adaptation and finessing including special equipment and diversifying the platforms on which the program was delivered.

Looking forward we intend to continue to offer practical art workshops in a range of media, in the near future looking at trialling photography workshops and also exploring a pay-as-you-can option.

Stephanie Rosestone. Engagement Learning and Programs Manager, National Wool Museum. Creating CREATE – turning a festival of events into an online learning platform VIA ZOOM

Adapting a festival of events to an online interactive platform – with courses, videos, live online events, downloadable activities and a public gallery. Reflections on what worked well, what didn’t and where to from here.

Natalie Carfora, Exhibition Coordinator, MOD. MOD.’s application of COVID innovation

Before COVID, we used digital in specific ways. March 2020. Everything turned upside down. We built an online exhibition in eight days and adapted our online offer, including live-streamed content four evenings a week.

Now of course, it’s changed again. We’ve emerged with new learnings and are putting new procedures in place to ensure that our future in-gallery exhibitions and our new digital practices will better co-exist.

Dr Lynda Kelly, LyndaKellyNetworks. Why won’t they pay…?

Explores the barriers to paying for digital content across a range of audiences to address the question “Why won’t they pay?”

Michael Parry, Dr Keir Winesmith, MAPDA Awards Judges. Reflecting on the best of GLAM Digital VIA ZOOM / F2F

The 2021 set of MAPDA entries was even larger than usual, particularly due to the boosted number of digital projects submitted – so much pivoting! In this session join some of the digital category judges for a candid insight into what they saw in more than 70 digital projects from across Australia and New Zealand. Based on feedback from across the judging panel, the presentation will include identification of key trends, highlight successes and best practice, but also explore where there are opportunities for digital experiences and projects to improve. Come and learn from the best digital GLAM work from across a very unique year.


The session will have a Q&A wrap-up followed by the Education National Network AGM, then lunch 12.35, then booked tours from 1.30.


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