Intercultural Dialogue and Creativity

The Chester Beatty offers a huge variety of ways to learn about and engage with our collections as well as to benefit professionally from our experience and expertise. There is a vibrant and exciting programme of events and training for professionals in the culture and heritage sector, both nationally and internationally. These include continuous professional development for teachers and educators, collaborations with universities, museums and European partners, non-profit organisations, training for local creatives and professionals, one and two day workshops, seminars and symposia.

Seminars and workshops for museum professionals and creative innovators

The Chester Beatty is a key partner in a number of EU-funded projects: Creative Museum (2014-2017) and Making Museum (2017-2019), exploring creativity, co-creation and innovation. The museum endeavours to show how professionals can collaborate with local creative partners and makers to involve museum collections in engaging programmes for audiences. By partnering with the maker community and creative industries, the EU-funded projects counteract the traditionally viewed ‘closed museum’ to existing and new audiences. The partnership also explores and shares how to interpret museum objects in a creative, experimental way while developing new skills for museum staff. These new skills, in-turn, are factored into museum programmes and established as a means to build capacity with hard-to-reach audiences including youth and adults.

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Seminars and symposia on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

Ireland 2016 programme of talks and Vox Pop
For Ireland 2016, the Chester Beatty Library – as Ireland’s only museum with a primary focus on global artistic heritage – explored themes around how its collections and programmes reflect contemporary cultural diversity and identity and what it means to be Irish in 2016.

The Role of National Museums in (Re)Negotiating National Identity
This symposium which took place in February 2016, included contributions from a range of speakers from Ireland and abroad, exploring how Irish and worldwide museums respond to complex issues around nationalism and multiculturalism; and how they negotiate national identity.

Speakers: Peter Aronsson (Linnaeus University, Sweden); Alan Chong (Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore); Patrick Cooke (School of Art History, UCD); Fionnuala Croke (Chester Beatty Library); and Elizabeth Crooke (University of Ulster); with contributions from Alan Kirwan (House of European History, Brussels), Jenny Siung (Chester Beatty Library) and Sheila Watson (University of Leicester).

Videos for Ireland 2016 programme of talks and Vox Pop

  • Ireland 2016 Seminar

    For Ireland 2016, the Chester Beatty Library – as Ireland’s only museum with a primary focus on global artistic heritage – will explore themes around how its collections and programmes reflect contemporary cultural diversity and identity and what it means to be Irish in 2016.

Intercultural Museum seminar 2014

Intercultural learning and dialogue is at the heart of the Chester Beatty Library’s exhibition and learning programme. The Library leads the way in developing links with its immediate and international diverse communities as reflected in the Collections. This day-long seminar explored how Irish and international museum practice recognises the need to work with external partners and groups as well as acknowledge the changing face of national identities in the twenty-first century.
The Chester Beatty offers a huge variety of ways to learn about and engage with our collections as well as to benefit professionally from our experience and expertise. There is a vibrant and exciting programme of events and training for professionals in the culture and heritage sector, both nationally and internationally.

Understanding Islam in Irish Education 2013

Under the Common Operation grant from the ALF, the Library co-hosted a one day seminar with Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Kerry Action Development in Education and Youth Work Ireland, Cork. Subjects in the national teaching curriculum aimed at B.Ed students as well as themes relevant to ALF members were explored.

Key note speeches were presented by Susan Douglass from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC and Prof Maria Parker-Jenkens of the University of Limerick.

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