LEIGH DE VRIES - Visual Artist, Mental Health Advocate, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Keynote Speaker

The formulation of the question suggests its solution.


Breaking Boundaries for Museums

Leigh had the great opportunity to be the opening speaker at “Breaking Boundaries For Museums by Ironbridge Museum Trust & Arts Council England ” for West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD).

Funded through Ironbridge's Major Partner Museum and Museum Development programmes, this two day conference stimulated discussion, shared ideas and highlighted best practice; addressing topics that museums need to consider in order to break down boundaries.

Both days featured speakers, a choice of three workshops and an exhibitor area including representatives from Arts Connect, Collections Trust, Museums Association and the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.

This two day conference was an important conference for museums and galleries to build resilience by thinking beyond traditional boundaries in relation to collections, physical space, audiences and the workforce.

Further speaking events included:

  • Keynote speaker at “How to use the Arts to Engage Young People with Museums” for West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD).

  • Case study and Keynote speaker at “The Cultural Prescription – How can the arts support Health and Wellbeing” for Museum Development Trust, York.


“There are no viewers - only participants”

Allan Kaprow