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Interpreting photographs in exhibitions - with Steve Slack

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00


2 – 4pm
Free, donations gratefully received
The workshop will include a comfort break and Q&A.

About the workshop:
This online workshop will introduce some of the basics of exhibition interpretation, and will explore ways of displaying and interpreting photographic collections for the public. It will address some of the issues relating to exhibiting photographs, but also related to using them as interpretive means in their own right.

Participants will leave the session with a list of questions they can ask themselves next time they are faced with interpreting a photograph in an exhibition setting.

About the speaker:
Steve Slack is an independent heritage interpretation consultant helping museums, archives and libraries to create content that is relevant to their audiences. He develops interpretation plans, writes exhibition text and conducts research with audiences about interpretation.

Who is this for:
This workshop is aimed towards people working professionally with photographic collections or archives, especially those with an interest in audience engagement and the exhibition of collections. This workshop will also be useful to anyone working in the museums and archives sector, or with an interest in photographic collections.

Events during the lockdown:
While the Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many of us, it also provides opportunities to learn and reflect upon our practice. 

Here at the Photographic Collections Network we had planned to run a series of skill sharing events and archive tours in museums, galleries, archives and in private collections across the UK to share knowledge and skills, best practice and encourage sector networking.

We have had to postpone these events for now, so instead we have reached out to respected freelancers and photographic experts from the sector and to PCN's Steering Group to help us deliver a series of online events, which are offered for free and aim to be accessible to as many people as possible.

We would normally charge a ticket price for our events and like many organisations, staff, and freelancers and in the sector that we support, we are experiencing a loss of income right now. This is due to projects and events being cancelled, funding bids we that have been working on are unable to be submitted due to reorganisation of funds, and the loss of ticket income. We ask if you take part in our online events and feel that you can afford to donate, that you do so whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work, and enable us to pay more speakers to run online events.
If you would like to support PCN or collaborate with us please get in touch.

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