Keith Wilson in conversation with Ken Arnold of the Wellcome Collection - 3: THE GLOBAL INSTITUTION
Event contact Alison Honnor
Over three themed sessions, Keith Wilson is hosting a conversation with Ken Arnold (Wellcome Collection) who will reflect on his experience of audience development, exhibition making and commissioning new artistic research through his time at the Wellcome. On each occasion very much framed by considering where both his, and the wider organisation's, thinking might go from here. The three themes are House, University and The Global Institution.
3: THE GLOBAL INSTITUTION
How well can an institution (or even an idea) travel, and how might it thrive in its widest context? How can complex ideas be communicated in a simple way from context to context? From conceiving the work that you do in a global context to touring exhibitions nationally and internationally we will look at how building in site-sensitivity from the off might change the way we think of what it is for an exhibition to tour. How can large organisations respond to world events with increasing rapidity without losing identity and purpose?
Ken Arnold has worked in a variety of museums on both sides of the Atlantic. He now runs the programme of events and exhibitions at Wellcome Collection, a young but ambitious venue that explores the human condition through connections between medicine, art and life. He joined Wellcome in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. on the history of museums. He regularly writes, lectures and broadcasts on museums and on contemporary interactions between the arts and sciences. He also serves on a number of advisory boards and committees and was a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen in the summers of 2010 and 2012. In 2011 he was awarded the RSA Bicentenary medal. In 2006 he published Cabinets for the Curious and is currently writing a book on exhibitions and public knowledge.