Highlights of Cultural Mediation in Practice workshop


Widely recognised as an invaluable tool by institutions across Europe, cultural mediation generally refers to the process of gaining and negotiating knowledge about the arts and social or scientific phenomena through exchange, reaction and creative response. Cultural mediators work within organisations to improve the quality of the public’s visit to the museum or gallery and to broaden the possible ways of experiencing and interacting with an object and its context.

Presented by Museums & Galleries of NSW in partnership Artspace, this workshop explored cultural mediation through a day of talks and practical activities. Accompanying workshops trained participants in the basics of mediation and how to be an art mediator.

Thank you to our speakers:
Rachel Arndt, Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager, Museums & Galleries of NSW
Marion Buchloh-Kollerbohm, Head of Cultural Mediation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Lee Casey, Head of Communications and Engagement, Science Gallery Melbourne
Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace
Ellie Michaelides, Learning & Engagement Coordinator, Science Gallery Melbourne
Michelle Newton, Deputy Director, Artspace
Mel O’Callaghan, Artist
Sabine Rittner, Scientific Associate at the Institute of Medical Psychology, University Clinic Heidelberg, Germany
Michael Rolfe, CEO, Museums & Galleries of NSW
Emily Sullivan, Curator, Kaldor Public Art Projects

Performance footage from Mel O’Callaghan, Respire, respire, 2019, performance and installation at Artspace, Sydney, 26 August 2019.

This workshop forms a part of our Engaging Art program. For more information on Engaging Art, please see here.


Cultural Mediation in Practice was presented by Museums & Galleries of NSW in partnership with Artspace, Sydney and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, and Create NSW.

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