Inclusion is Beautiful

10–11 December 2015

A conference held by the Department of Education, Outreach and Visitor Services of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, in the Hamburger Bahnhof.

Inclusive education is a salient issue in museum work. Taking the arts as its point of departure, this conference focused on the creative and artistic potential of inclusive education processes. In a critical confrontation with best-practice examples from international museums, the participants discussed the possibilities that artistic forms of expression, action and work offer for art and cultural education. In workshops, they tested out the formats, methods and organisational forms of inclusive education.

What opportunities for inclusive education are opened up when creative and artistic processes are initiated and strengthened? What is generated when diversity and heterogeneity are conceived of as potential “motors”? Which strategies can be derived from visual art, performance and music? What happens when all the stakeholders open themselves up to educational processes with “undetermined outcomes”? Which attitudes and behavioural patterns need to be interrogated?

For the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, “Inclusion is Beautiful” marks a significant step towards boosting inclusivity at its museums. The subject of inclusion is assigned a central position within educational and outreach work. A long-term, cross-institutional collaboration of experts from various professions is planned. The aim is to creatively and collaboratively develop spheres and forms of action of inclusive cultural work for the museums.

This conference was aimed at stakeholders with and without disabilities.

The seminar was supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and by the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie e.V.

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Conference programme
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Conference participation fee
EUR 140 / EUR 90 concessions*
* Available to students, participants in the Federal Volunteer Service (BFD), the unemployed, and people with a severe impairment (with a reduction in earning capacity of at least 50%); proof of eligibility required.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Education, Outreach, Visitor Services
Genthiner Straße 38
10785 Berlin
Tel. 030 266 42 22 01

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50 – 51
10557 Berlin

Transport links
U-Bahn U6 (Naturkundemuseum)
S-Bahn S3, S5, S7, S75 (Hauptbahnhof)
Tram M6, M8, 12 (Naturkundemuseum)
Bus M41, M85, TXL (Hauptbahnhof); 120, 123, 147, 240, 245 (Invalidenpark)

Barrier-free accessibility
Wheelchair access is provided throughout the venue.

The lectures and selected workshops will be simultaneously translated into German sign language (DGS). Abstracts of each lecture are available in simple German, as well as in large print. Summarized transcripts of the English-language presentations are available in German. The conference programme will be made available in Braille. If required, we can provide personal helpers to help guide attendees around the venue. If such assistance is required, please contact us in advance. Please note that the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has commissioned a photographer to take photographs during the conference for non-commercial use.



Welcome speeches
Christina Haak, Assistant Director-General, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Udo Kittelmann, Director of the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Anja Schaluschke, Deutscher Museumsbund
Klemens Kruse, Federal Competence Centre for Accessibility

Introduction: Inclusion Is Beautiful...  
Heike Kropff, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Keynote: Artistic art education and inclusion

Why should art be the starting point for inclusion?
Eva Sturm, art educator and art-education theorist

Why art and inclusion?
Dr. Siegfried Saerberg, Blinde und Kunst e.V.

Coffee break

Best practices – examples from real settings

“The ghosts I called...” Art-education tandems on Tanja Geißim’s ‘Ghost Train’ at the Kunstmuseum Bonn
Sabina Leßmann, Kunstmuseum Bonn

ALL INCLUSIVE – art education at the GfZK, Leipzig
Alexandra Friedrich and Kristin Meyer, from GfZK für Dich

We Forgot the Lot! (in English)
Leanne Turvey and Alice Walton, Tate Modern and Tate Britain

The Instrument of Perception – Satellite Projects at the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Jovana Komnenic´ and Dirk Sorge, artists

Experiences from MoMA and the Jewish Museum, New York (in English)
Kirstin Broussard, artist and art educator

Intros to the workshops

Opportunity to visit the current exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof

Get-together with live music


Meeting point in the entrance area

Workshops part I


Workshops part II

Group discussion, sharing of ideas and experiences from workshops

Coffee break

...Why make work for yourselves?
Heike Kropff, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Conference end

In six workshops, artists, art and cultural educators with and without disabilities work with conference participants in trying out organizational structures, formats, and methods to be applied in inclusive education work. In their approach they use the arts as a resource and use the potential that artistic forms of expression and artistic practices have to offer in relation to art- and cultural education.

How can we create activity spaces for multi-sensory learning? How can the materiality of art offer a way in? What other ways-in are available through artistic techniques? What other ways-in are there that take the participants, as opposed to the artworks, as their starting point? How can we use these considerations to develop offerings for heterogeneous groups that don’t focus so heavily on impairments?

WS 1 Draw – Tell
Sabina Leßmann, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Tanja Geiss and Jutta Pöstges, Kunsthaus KAT18

WS 2 Body – Space – Motion (in English)
Stine Nilsen and Annie Hanauer, Candoco Dance Company, London

WS 3 Music – Sound
Teichmann Brothers, artists
Jan Haufe aka. DJ Eltron, musician

WS 4 Theater – Body language
Michaela Caspar and Eyk Kauly, Possible World e.V.
Ursula Döbereiner, artist and art educator

WS 5 Perception
Dirk Sorge, artist
Constanze Thielecke, artist and art educator

WS 6 Multi-sensory learning
Katja Sudec and Karmen Bajec, Creative Bureau Cooperate, Ljubljana
Evgen Bavčar, photographer and philosopher