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Fri, 18 Jun


Online via CCA Annex

Kith and Kin: the importance of being networked.

Black Curators Collective is pleased to announce Melanie Keen, Director of the Wellcome Collection as the Keynote Speaker for Meandering Networks, Mapping Nations.

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 Kith and Kin: the importance of being networked.
 Kith and Kin: the importance of being networked.

Time & Location

18 Jun 2021, 10:15 – 11:00 BST

Online via CCA Annex

About the Event

Join us for a live, online talk by Melanie Keen, Director of Wellcome Collection, where she will set the tone of ‘Meandering Networks, Mapping Nations’ by reflecting on the themes and programme declaration.

Kith and Kin: the importance of being networked.

In this exploratory talk, I want to reflect on my role now as connector and positive enabler through the context of my early career and experience of needing and benefitting from kinship.

How to view

Join us for the presentation, which will be available to view on CCA Annex from 10:15am on 18 June. The keynote will broadcast live over Twitch on CCA Annex and be BSL intepretated. Please visit CCA Glasgow's website to book your place.

About the speaker

Melanie Keen is Director of Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library in London which aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Prior to joining in October 2019, she was Director and Chief Curator at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), where she was instrumental in the revitalisation of Iniva’s mission and vision by making the library collection its creative hub. Melanie sits on a number of boards and advisory committees including the Government Art Collection and the Board of Visitors of Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. She was on the selection committee for the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019 and one of the judges for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020.

She has worked extensively in building greater awareness of the practice of artists of African and Asian descent in Britain. Her curatorial practice has focused on creative collaboration, community engagement and experimentation. As a regular contributor at conferences and seminars, most recently as a keynote speaker at the Museums Association Conference 2020, Melanie is enthusiastic about the potential to forge an alliance of museums and cultural institutions committed to social justice.

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