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Creating and Curating in a Time of Mass Extinction

Creating and Curating in a Time of Mass Extinction

Creating and Curating in a Time of Mass Extinction poster - Two conversations about art, museums and the sixth extinction

Creating and Curating in a Time of Mass Extinction

Two Roundtables about Art, Museums and Global Biodiversity Loss

Friday 16th October, 2–4pm ; 4.30–6.30pm BST

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What is the role of creativity in a time of ecological catastrophe? How can museum curation critically engage with global biodiversity loss? And what is the appropriate public response to the Sixth Mass Extinction Event? Is it remorse, grief, guilt, amazement, wonder, anger, indifference?

On Friday 16th October, please join us for two free online conversations about art, museums and mass extinction.

The roundtables will feature conversations between artists and writers who, as part of an AHRC-funded project, Thinking Through Extinction, have been working alongside Manchester Museum’s curators to explore the complex ethical and emotional challenges of how different publics respond to extinction.This event is part of a two-day academic symposium, Extinction in Public, which investigates the relationship between mass extinction and public life.

2–4pm: Creating in a Time of Mass Extinction

Featuring Anna Souter, Daisy Hildyard, Jon Hughes, Laura Spark, Laurence Payot and Scott Farlow. Chaired by Dominic O’Key.

4.30–6.30pm: Curating in a Time of Mass Extinction

Featuring speakers from Manchester Museum, Leeds City Museum, Bristol Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Chaired by Prof Dolly Jørgensen.


These roundtables will be hosted online and will set aside ample time for Q&A from attendees. Please note that a link to access these events will be shared on the day preceding the event. Feel free to reach out to Dominic O’Key ( if you have any questions.

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