Voices from the Gallery: Curation

Clore Leadership is delighted to be partnering with Art Fund on an exciting new programme of activity focusing on change making and leadership in the galleries and museums sector. These sessions will inspire, inform and activate, showcasing best practice and exciting work taking place in galleries and museums right now.


The Webinar

In Voices from the Gallery: Curation, our speakers will share personal case studies from their work in the sector, highlighting their challenges and successes and offering actionable advice and tips. Topics will include curatorial practice and priorities; decolonisation and contested histories; the ethics of display and interpretation; embedding diversity in your collections and workforce.


The Speakers

Esther Fox is a Programme Director, Artist and Researcher, interested in exploring the synapses between science, art, heritage and ethics.  In 2009 she was appointed by Screen South to lead the Accentuate Programme, creating opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people to participate and lead in the cultural sector.  Esther is currently working with over 20 Museums across England, developing a ground-breaking work placement programme, Curating for Change, for D/deaf and disabled people pursuing a curatorial career.  She is also a Co Investigator on a major Arts and Humanities Research Council project, D4D using an arts based research approach.

Esther is on the Board of Trustees at Hastings Contemporary, sits on the Expert Advisory Group for Historic England and is a member of the UN PRPD Partnership Advisory Group.

Carla Valentine is a qualified Anatomical Pathology Technologist (APT or mortuary technician) who carried out autopsies for nearly 10 years after studying Forensic Science at university. She is currently the technical curator at Barts Pathology Museum, where she conserves and repairs historical human remains. Much of the collection is designated Forensic Medicine, and dates from the late 1800s, which gives Carla an incredible insight into early forensic science.

She is also the author of ‘Past Mortems’, and can currently be heard on the podcast ‘Mortem’ on BBC Sounds. 

Marenka Thomson-Odlum is a Research Associate at the Pitt Rivers Museum and a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow.

Her doctoral research explores Glasgow’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the material culture housed at Glasgow Museums.  At the Pitt Rivers Museum, she is the researcher on the Labelling Matters project, which investigates the problematic use of language within the Pitt Rivers Museum's displays and thinking through ways of decolonisation through re-imagining the definition of a label.


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