International Inclusive Festival
and Conference “Accessible Museum”
October 7–13, 2019
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Vision is no longer the only way to perceive art in a museum. Artists and curators have been increasingly using sound, movement, touch, and even the sense of smell in their work. The Pushkin Museum Inclusive Festival will be dedicated to the diversity of senses that help us perceive art. The program encompasses events designed for children and adults: discussions, workshops, performances, lectures, tactile tours, and classes in Russian sign language. The festival brings together participants from around the world – artists, curators, art therapists, and educators.
It has been held in the museum annually since 2017. This year’s theme, “Experience the World My Way,” emphasizes the goal of expanding our own perceptions and seeing the world through new eyes. All events will be inclusive, meaning that they will be accessible for every museum visitor, both with disabilities and without. The experience of inclusive communication, which is equally important for everyone, will be the unifying motif of the festival.
For visually impaired children, there will be activities with tactile models based on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art works. Family groups with deaf and hearing-impaired members will be able to take tours around the Museum’s permanent exhibition in Russian sign language. Children and adults with autism and other special developmental needs will be invited to visit creative classes in art therapy studios and multisensory workshops.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts would like to thank the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Russian Federation, the Goethe-Institute, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Russian Federation, the Embassy of the Italian Republic in the Russian Federation, the Austrian Cultural Forum, as well as the Embassy of Hungary in the Russian Federation for organizing the festival.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts expresses gratitude to the strategic partner of the project “Accessible Museum” - the Absolute-Help Charitable Foundation.
Additional information: Inclusion@Arts-Museum.ru
The programme is subject to change.
All events of the Festival are free to attend with prior registration.
Administration has exclusive rights of altering the programme of events.