A one-day workshop on museums curating Islamic collections was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in partnership with Arts Council England on Friday 30 November 2012.

The workshop was principally for museum staff from UK regional museums that hold Islamic collections to discuss how to use them more effectively and to explore strategies for improving the understanding of this field, and ways in which museums are using their Islamic collections to engage new audiences, especially local Muslim communities.

Listen to a podcast of the workshop (see below for speaker information):


Intro and first session:

Welcomes: Anna Jackson, Keeper, Asian Department, V&A
Simon Mellor, Executive Director Arts, Arts Council England

Introduction to the day: Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator, Middle East, V&A

Qaisra M. Khan, Project Curator: 'Faith & Islam, Zayed National Museum Project', The British Museum Displaying Faith and Islam

Session 1: Collections: Expertise, acquisitions and interpretation
Chair: Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator, Middle East

Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Islamic and South Asian Art, Birmingham
Museums 'Connecting Threads: Working with Unmapped Regional Collections of Islamic

Maria Bojanowska, Knowledge Share Manager, British Museum and Josefine Frank, Trainee curator of Islamic art and culture, British Museum/Birmingham Museums 'The British Museum's Future Curators' Programme'

Harriet Hughes, Curator of World Art, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Neda Kahooker, volunteer and advisor for World Stories: Young Voices Iranian project Collecting and Curating Iranian art: a display at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Session 2: Engaging audiences: what do you want your Islamic art to do?
Chair: Moya Carey, Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections, V&A

Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic and Modern Middle Eastern Art, The British Museum and Qaisra M. Khan, Project Curator: 'Faith & Islam, Zayed National Museum Project', The British Museum 'Exhibiting the Hajj at the British Museum: concept and visitor reactions'

Salma Tuqan, Curator, Contemporary Middle East, V&A 'The Jameel Prize: an overview of the origins and aims of the prize'

Mohammed Ali, AKA Aerosol Arabic, artist

Session 3: Discussion: outcomes and networks
Chair: Hedley Swain, Director Museums and Renaissance, Arts Council England

Luisa Mengoni - Curator, Early China (pre-1000 AD); Chinese ceramics and metalwork; Chinese export art and design at the V&A 'Monument fund sponsored projects'

Miranda Goodby - Keeper of Ceramics, the Potteries Museum, Stoke 'Ceramics subject specialist network'

Sarah Philp - Head of Programmes, The Art Fund, 'Supporting museums collecting art from the Middle East'