The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and home to the new, state-of-the-art Chau Chak Wing Museum. This museum is the result of a 15-year strategy to unite the university’s artistic, cultural, scientific, natural history and archaeological collections. UMAC 2020 brings delegates to Sydney in spring, just weeks after the Chau Chak Wing Museum opens, to explore the conference theme of ‘New Destinations: Looking Forward / Looking Back’
As the operating environment of higher education is changing, museums and collections can play a significant role in helping to shape an institution’s identity and narrative. They are an opportunity for diverse audiences to engage with history, academic thought and contemporary ideas while performing as a theatre space for innovative research and practice. UMAC 2020 examines the relationships between museums and collections and their institutional hosts, their relationship with the tripartite missions of teaching, research and engagement and their relevance to global issues in both higher education and broader society.
The organisers of UMAC 2020 aimed to have registration for delegates open by mid-March, however due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis we have decided to delay registration processes.
We understand many of you have concerns about COVID-19 and travel arrangements to Australia. We are monitoring the situation which of course is changing rapidly at the present. There are currently a range of travel restrictions applying to Australia and it is not possible at this stage to provide information about travel in September, nor to speculate about any amendments, postponements or cancellations to the UMAC 2020 program as it is being developed.
The health and well-being of our delegates is at the forefront of our planning and decision making. We will follow all advice and requirements issued by the Australian government.
A registration timeline for UMAC 2020 will be issued as soon as possible.
Early bird (available until 29 May): $310
Full fee: $380
Day rate - full fee: $171
Day rate - student: $72
The schedule for opening registrations has been delayed by the uncertainty around COVID-19. An announcement will be made when registrations are open.
Fees will include daily morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, the opening and closing receptions, and a conference pack.
UMAC 2020 will include a pre-conference masterclass and a post-conference tour of significant Sydney arts institutions. Delegates will also be able to join a cohort travelling to Melbourne for an arts tour after the conference.
More information will be available soon.
We're partnering with a number of nearby hotels to provide a discounted rate for UMAC 2020 delgates.