Given that most museums and galleries are free to enter how can they make the most out of the visitors they do get? In the UK entry fees were introduced years ago and visitor numbers went down so they eventually took the entry fee away. Given that in times of recession museum budgets are likely to be cut how do we ensure that they are adequately funded to ensure they provide the best possible visitor experience whilst at the same time ensuring that they can carry out their curatorial role?
I would be keen to hear of any comments about the Forum held last week, as I missed it. Thanks
Leigh O'Brien said:I would be keen to hear of any comments about the Forum held last week, as I missed it. Thanks
The forum was GREAT! About 60-70 people turned up despite the horrendous weather. All the panellists spoke very well. You should see the ideas that Sefano has for the roof of the Art Gallery - Perth's very own version of the Met roof cafe!! Now that's a tourist attraction!
There were loads of questions asked and ideas put forward, we recorded it all and also did a Vox Pop session at the PICA Bar afterwards.
The main point that I got out of it was that everyone was in furious agreement - capital works need to be undertaken but will take time - even if all the money was available now. So, now is the time to start doing other things that will start to make the place come alive with activities. The late night sessions of the Nick Cave exhibition, the Art Bar at AGWA, and collaborations across all the cultural centre organisations, are the kinds of things that can start to activate the space.