TAKEAWAY AND THOUGHTS
The name Askacurator can’t change but it is open to ‘Museums’. #AskaMuseum might alienate Art Galleries in some countries. How about we get the word out now that #askacurator 2014 is open to EVERYONE in museums – sound good?
The museums who jumped in and answered questions got more out of it. You can’t wait around to be asked questions. There are plenty of general questions that are waiting to be answered. Also, feel free to ask questions!
It was great seeing:
Museums/curators talking to each other. For some reason, 2013 saw a rise in conversations between museums of all sizes and topics chatting with each other.
Museums asking questions themselves. I saw a few museums asking questions that they were curious about – not just related to their own museum but to the sector globally. It was fantastic to see them recognize this day was a chance for them to find out things too!
A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part. #AskaCurator is participatory and only works when we all get involved.
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The following is the list of museums who have signed up via the simple form. Any museums, art gallery, national trust, etc can sign up.
Want to know how to Take Part? There’s an article for that!
MUSEUMSYou might want to tell your followers the time your curator will be available. Some museums write it on their events page, others leave it open to see what questions they receive.However, to get your name out there – it helps to jump in to general questions and not just wait to be asked a specific question. Some people will use the hashtag to ask questions such as how to know what to collect, what skills are needed, what are the unknowns of being a curator etc. We also have a few #Askacurator people who have questions like ‘do you have a teddy bear in your collection’ or ‘what’s the funniest thing you heard in your museum’ etc. These questions usually make it to a blog/tumblr etc that people LOVE.Tags: Ask A Curator, AskACurator, museums
When is Ask a Curator?
It’s an all day event on September 18th
What is Ask a Curator?
It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to. #Askacurator is open to everyone: Museums, galleries, National Trust, Theatres, and more. You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on.
- What’s it’ like to be a curator?
- How do you decide what to display?
- What is the most unique object in your collection?
As some curators won’t know *all* the answers straight away, it might be they have to get back to you if it is a specific question about the museum/gallery. However, if it is a general question, you might find another museum’s curator could answer it.
How to get involved?
Use the hashtag #AskaCurator on Twitter. You can ask questions to specific museums using the @MUSEUMNAME or you can ask general questions using #AskaCurator.
Please fill out this simple form which will export your information to a spreadsheet to share. On the day you can schedule the time you are going to be there or you can dip in and out and answer questions when you get them. Others also decide to spend the day asking questions not just to their Museum but the general questions that are asked (last year, Bears in Museums asked who had Bears in Museums…. it was one of the top questions!)
In other words, curators spend as much or as little time as they want.
It’s also a good idea to let your followers know you’re taking part. Some curators will write a blog or tweet they are taking part in #askacurator.
Just come to twitter on the day and ask the questions. What I like to do is keep an eye on the countries and museums taking part and find a few unique ones that I want to know more about. You can set yourself a goal of asking a question to every country even!
Who can get involved?
EVERYONE! You just need to sign up for Twitter account if you haven’t yet. Curators can answer questions to other museums and/or general questions (how to questions, etc). Everyone is allowed to interrupt – this is Twitter after all!
I find using Tweetdeck or HootSuite makes following the conversation easier.
Hope this write up helps with some of the questions about what Ask A Curator is. If you still have questions please ask away or you can tweet using the tag
Why should you take part?
Many museums and art galleries who took part back in 2010 will testify to the great platform it gave them and large exposure that they would not have been able to achieve without #AskACurator. This is true for both large and smaller venues.
These are trends captured along the way. If anyone has any other data we can add, please let me know.
I’ve managed to capture over 12K tweets from 8am-11:30pm UK Time (closer to 13K as I missed some).
08:00 @erikajoy fabulous Pinterest created from asking What makes object/artwork in your collection makes you laugh? already popular. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Ask A Curator, AskACurator, International, museums, Teens in Museums
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Still hesitating? Asking yourselves why and how? As a community manager, a head of the educational team, or simply as the member of an (obviously) great museum’s staff, there are plenty of reasons to take part in Ask a Curator on September 19th.
Claire Séguret, deputy manager of the Communication Department at Musée de Cluny (French national museum of Middle Ages), is giving you three.Tags: Art Gallery, Ask A Curator, AskACurator, International, museums
When is Ask a Curator?
It’s an all day event on September 18th
What is Ask a Curator?
It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to. You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: art galleries, Ask A Curator, AskACurator, Museum
September 8th, 2011Culture
Anyone who has read my website knows how passionate I am about Wolverhampton Art Gallery (see examples here and here) so having an opportunity to interview the curators was a real treat for me. Wolverhampton has the second biggest pop collection outside of London but also embraces local and social history in addition to Georgian and Victorian art. It’s a delicate balance to combine all of these under one roof but they have never disappointed.Tags: Ask A Curator, Culture, CultureThemes, Interview, Wolverhampton
August 17th, 2011Culture
If you never been to the Ikon Gallery, you’re missing a real treat. The building itself is a piece of art that never fails to fascinate. Originally built in 1878 for an infant school, it has had a few other responsibilities before its current (and hopefully permanent) position as home of the gallery. The artist journey begins as you walk in and see this very prominent but non-busy sign:
I met Director and Jonathan Watkins, a busy man who’s passion for Ikon was evident from the start along with Kate Self who is the essentially their Educational Officer (although it’s technically Ikon Youth Programme (IYP)).Tags: Ask A Curator, Culture, curator, Interview, museums
August 10th, 2011Culture
A few weeks ago, during one of my many Tweets about AskACurator one tweet led to another and I was soon making arrangements to go to Birmingham Art Gallery. After another few emails and tweets, it was narrowed down to me meeting the Fine Art’s Curator Victoria Osborne.
I was told that Victoria had a few questions ready for our meeting. Upon meeting Victoria, she also explained that she had read my blog on the French AskACurator (here, here and here). Victoria was clearly well prepared. But unfortunately for her, she soon found out I don’t really work that way.
We started with a few general questions which I was hoping led to the right Ask A Curator question – and I wasn’t disappointed. My journey with these interviews has been fascinating as each one is different so no template can be used.
Victoria has been at Birmingham Art Gallery for ten years. She is clearly very knowledgeable which was evident from our conversation. We agreed the best approach for this interview would be for Victoria to speak for herself as role of Fine Arts Curator, and not representing all of BMAG as their collections are numerous and diverse.Tags: Ask A Curator, Culture, curator, Interview, museums