The Environmental Exhibition Symposium

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

The Environmental Exhibition - 
Is There a Place for it in the Gallery?

The Lightbox has recently presented ‘Waste Not...’, an exhibition of old appliances and other objects that are still being used. We showed the objects themselves – weighing scales, a sander, a Monopoly board, a vacuum cleaner and so on - along with short films of their owners talking about them. It was all about maintaining things – this was very clearly an anti-upgrading exhibition. Along with the items there were also text panels outlining some of the consequences of our culture of the endless upgrade.

But is this the sort of exhibition that a gallery and museum like The Lightbox should be mounting? What is the rationale behind it? Is it what the public wants to see? Does it – and should it – fall within our remit? And if it is part of what we should be doing, how should we approach this sort of work?

This symposium addresses these issues. Aimed both at professionals working within the gallery/museum sector and also at the general public, the symposium presents the experience of working in this way from 5 very different organisations. As well as the presentations there will be ample time for both discussion and networking. The speakers at the event will be:

Alexandra Johnson, Science Museum, London
Paul Smyth, Something and Son
Alison Pattison, Godalming Museum
Brendan Carr, Reading Museum

Tickets are £20; lunch and refreshments are included. Please book tickets below.

If you have any particular dietary or other needs please email Rib Davis,

Monday 19 October 2015, 10.00am - 4.00pm (Registration from 9.45am).

The symposium is part of the ‘Waste Not…’ project funded by The Happy Museum.

Image: Waste Not... exhibition © The Lightbox

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The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA Date and time 19 October, 2015 10.00 - 04.00
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