Regional museums forum

Presented by the Powerhouse Museum in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW and Regional Arts NSW, museum volunteers and professional staff are invited to attend the annual Regional Stakeholder Forum that this year will be held online from 9am-1.15 pm on 26 November 2021.

Over the past year, the way we connect to people and place has changed. Almost overnight, museums shifted their collections, exhibitions, and programming online.

Working from home became the norm and, as a result, creative ways of communicating emerged. During a time when we were physically restricted to our local environment, technology provided opportunities to connect us to people and organisations across the world.


Connection is the theme of the Regional Stakeholder Forum 2021.

Across two sessions, the forum will focus on how cultural organisations from Western Sydney and across regional NSW connected with their communities and audiences, and how they envisage connecting when returning to onsite programming.

This free online forum is open to all museum volunteers and professional staff.

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What’s on the program?

9.00AM – Acknowledgement of Country and welcome, Lisa Havilah – Chief Executive, Powerhouse Museum

9.05AM – Welcome and introduction to speakers, Deborah Vaughan, Regional Program Producer, Powerhouse Museum


9.10AM – Building regional digital capacity, Brett Adlington, CEO Museums & Galleries of NSW

9.20AM – Voices of the Goldfield, Chris Franks, President, Montreal Goldfield Wallaga Lake Inc.

9.25AM – 11 Stories from the river digital project, Kathleen von Witt, Gallery and Museum Director, Hawkesbury City Council

9.30AM Vanessa Keenan – Greater Museums: reconnecting locals with community museums in Greater Hume, Managing Director, Acorn Creative Group

9.35AM – Acknowledging Country; More Than Just Words, Emily McDaniel, Director, First Nations, Powerhouse Museum

9.55AM – Volunteer Museum Artist in Residence program (VAMP) Regional Futures, Joan Kelly, Project Officer, Arts Northern River

10.15AM – Drivers of Recovery, Tim Kurylowicz, Executive Director, Eastern Riverina Arts


12.00PM – Ensuring Accessible Connections, Liz Martin, Interim CEO, Accessible Arts

12.20PM – Strength in numbers: regional digitisation partnerships, Hayley Lander, Digitisation Project Officer, Murray Region Digitisation Hub, Albury Library Museum

12.40PM – Reminiscing with your community, Arianna Deer, Education & Public Programs Officer, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, Georges River Council

1.00PM Q+A and closing comments

Feature image: Nyinajimanha (Sitting Together), Nicole Monks, Australia, 2016. Photographed for Linear. For more information visit the Powerhouse Museum website.