ICOM CECA annual conference | Leuven

Co-creation inside and outside the museum


Due to Covid-19, the annual CECA (ICOM) conference is postponed for a year. We look forward welcoming you in the autumn of 2021. The theme of the conference remains the same. 

Keep an eye on our website for the new dates.

Conferention Theme

Co-creation inside and outside the museum

The 2021 CECA Conference will focus on a number of questions that are closely linked to co-creation in museums.

An increasing number of museums are operating within a participatory framework as regards ideas and activities. Taking an inclusive mission as their starting point, they are embracing dialogue, cooperation and co-creation with various communities and individuals, young and less young. This new tone would seem to be irreversible. Collaborating and engaging in dialogue with the public is a motivating force for many organizations and one that is being worked on ardently, not only inside but also outside the museum walls. It is more than a trend; it is a new vision of the museum and its remit. Since co-creation affects several of a museum’s areas of activity, responsibility for it lies not solely with the educational or external relations departments, but with the whole organization. This means that we will have to adjust our organisation. A movement in which edu-curation (the educator’s participation towards exhibitions and gallery museography) can play a key role, because co-creation with the public can often be only successful if there is co-creation between the different departments in the museum.


Driving questions might include

 1. The influence of co-creation and edu-curating on museum presentations: what challenges do we envisage?  

2. Co-creation in the museum: how does cooperating with the public affect the organization itself?  

3. What can be the effects of co-creation in museums on communities/ society?  

4. Does an active dialogue with the public re-shape ‘educational work’ in museums?   

An initiative together with ICOM BELGIUM, KU LEUVEN, FARO and BAMM!