Why Travel? Travelling Exhibition Symposium 2015

Sponsored by the Canadian Museums Association

December 2nd and 3rd, Gatineau, Quebec

Registration is now closed

Click here to download the preliminary program! [PDF]

The sustainability of our institutions is at a critical turning point. With government grants and private contributions falling, institutions are looking for alternate and innovative revenue and partnership strategies. Can one of the answers be found in travelling exhibitions?

Produced by a large cast of characters, travelling exhibitions or programs commence with the strength and depth of a collection, a curator’s idea, a director’s enthusiasm, a partnership opportunity through to the critical support of the Board of Directors and sponsors.

Travelling exhibitions can have educational value and be exquisitely designed. They need to be dynamic. They can reach a great number of visitors and introduce new audiences for the hosting institution. Or they can fall flat on their face. The value and eventual success or failure is in the concept, the integrity of the selected objects and the functionality and versatility of the design.

Through a mix of presentations, round tables, open forum discussions and networking opportunities, an extensive list of topics will be addressed, including:

  • Trends and strategic positioning
  • Logistics and standards
  • Innovative partnerships

At the conclusion of the Symposium, delegates will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the practicalities, solutions to logistical challenges and an expanded network of collaborators and partners.

Who should attend?

The Symposium is particularly recommended for staff of both borrowers and lending institutions - curators, registrars, travelling exhibition coordinators, exhibition designers, development and marketing officers.

Special Keynote Speaker:

Myriam Springuel, Director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

The Symposium will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre in Gatineau. We have arranged a SPECIAL Symposium rate for participants of $151.04 plus applicable tax. Guest room rate includes breakfast daily, served at the on-site restaurant, L’Ardoise. In order to reserve your room at the Symposium rate, please contact the hotel using their toll free number 1-888-627-8089 and quote the group name “Canadian Museums Association”.

Rooms must be reserved by November 3, 2015 in order to qualify for the SPECIAL Symposium rate