Art/Switch: [re]Shaping Exhibition Practices

Updated: Jan 31

Art / Switch virtual conference series is returning with its second edition on Friday, January 29, 2021, bringing together innovative voices and practitioners who are shaping matters of sustainability in the arts. In this specially curated edition, [re]Shaping Exhibition Practices, we'll discuss the role museums and galleries can play to rethink the conventional format of an exhibition and its immediate impact on the planet.

Our speakers will explore sustainability in curatorial practice, discuss the structure and process of loans, consider what the art market can do to create environmentally-conscious exhibitions, and question how we can shift our thinking around blockbuster exhibitions, taking into account the effect of Covid-19 on the arts sector. We will emphasize how sustainability can be systematically integrated into the planning and decision-making processes of exhibitions in a post-pandemic world.



10:00 - 10:10 Welcome by Art / Switch

10:10 - 10:40 Alice Bonnot —How Can Art Curators Lower the Environmental Impact of Contemporary Art Exhibitions: Choosing Environmentally Responsible Artists (with 10min Q&A)

10:40 - 11:10 John Thomas Robinette III —Don’t Look Back: Cognitive Dissonance and Traveling Collections (with 10min Q&A)

11:10 - 11:25 Virtual booths with all Speakers or Break (choose booth prior to conference)

12:10 -12:20 Break

12:20 - 12:50 Joel Taylor & Caitlin Spangler-Bickell —Factors that Influence the Changing of Climate Specifications for Museum Loans in Practice (with 10min Q&A)

12:50 - 1:00 Take-Aways with Sara Kassam

11:25 - 12:10 24 ORE Cultura —Case Study: Rethinking Frida Kahlo (with 10min Q&A)(choose breakout room prior to conference)

11:25 - 12:10 Galleries Commit & Gallery Climate Coalition: Heath Lowndes, Laura Lupton & Orlando Estrada —Environmentally-Conscious Exhibition Planning in the Art Market (with 10min Q&A)

Discussions lead and moderated by Art / Switch in collaboration with:

Sara Kassam —Sustainability Lead at Victoria & Albert Museum

Louisa Buck —Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper

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