Museum conference 2017


Gallery Corridor in the Carlsberg villa
Gallery Corridor in the Carlsberg villa

September 28th, 2017 the Agency for Culture and Palaces in cooperation with the Bikuben Foundation will host a conference on leadership and talent development in museums.

Among others the executive director of the Getty Leadership Institute, Melody Kanschat, will address the current discourse on leadership, and Sue Hoyle, director of the Clore Leadership Programme UK, will speak about how to spot the in-house talent, and what it takes to help them along the way to become future leaders.

The conference takes place at Carlsberg Museum – The Villa

Expected amount of participants: 150

Target group:

  • Museum directors and heads of art spaces
  • Heads of boards of trustees from the museums


  • Do cultural institutions demand a special kind of leadership?
  • Why must leadership be addressed?
  • How do you nurture and leadership talent?

Tentative programme:

Moderator for the day: Peter Hanke, director of (cultural

Registration and coffee

Welcome address by Peter Hanke

Speech by Minister for Culture, Mrs. Mette Bock

Speech by Director of the Bikuben Foundation, Mr. Søren Kaare Andersen

Why all this leadership talk? Melody Kanschat, Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Institute, US

Why has leadership become so important and must be addressed by the cultural institutions today. What does leadership actually entail, and can it be learnt?

Looking for Leaders – finding the talents in your organisation, Sue Hoyle, Former Director Clore Leadership Programme, UK

How do you identify leadership skills and attributes amongst the talents in your organisation, and what is needed to prepare them to be the leaders of the future? Clore Leadership Programme heads the much acclaimed leadership and talent programme ”Emerging Leaders”, fellowships and Clore Short Courses, aimed at the arts- and cultural sector in the UK.


Lunch and networking

Putting together the right team, (TBC)

Can and should institutions demand more of their board of trustees? What can the institutions expect from their board, and what can the board expect of their trustees? And how do you make the most out of the potential which is present on a board?

”Someone to talk to …” Ms. Dorthe Aagesen, curator and senior researcher SMK (Danish National Gallery)

Mentorship schemes are one of the cornerstones in the Curatorial Leadership programme in New York. Here candidates are assigned a mentor from the museum sector, a private business or the world of innovative entrepreneurs. What does it mean to be part of such a scheme and how does it help the candidate in both the short and long term?

Workshops – trustees and museum directors are divided into smaller groups, where they have to discuss the key learnings on leadership, which the strategic panel have developed.

Coffee and cake

Are we something special?  Ms. Mette Kynne Frandsen, CEO and Partner, Henning Larsen Architects

Is it just a myth, or is leadership in cultural institutions something special? And if so what does that entail for the leader and the institution? And how can you develop your leadership under these special conditions?

Innovation and leadership. Martin Lyngbo, director of Theatre Mungo Park

Mungo Park is a local cultural institution, which has been able to think outside the framework – both institutionally and geographically. Contrary to many other institutions, it has managed to create progress during a time where others have struggled. How does the theatre’s §9 – exploding innovation – feed into the theatre and why is it so important?

Re-cap of the day

For more information contact Sophie Bruun at

Last updated: 22.06.2017
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  • DK-1553 Copenhagen V
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