Jenny Siung is Head of Education in the Chester Beatty Library. She commenced her post in 2000 and has developed the first intercultural learning programme in an Irish museum. Her work involves engaging with the Islamic, Asian, North African, East Asian and European collections of the Library, devising numerous programmes including intercultural projects for schools, cultural festivals, and creating links with local multi-ethnic communities.
She is currently one of the coordinators of The Creative Museum (2014-2017) funded by Erasmus +.
Jenny has been invited to sit on a number advisory boards; Dublin City Council Chinese New Year Festival, ASEMUS Museum Education Exchange Programme, Cultural Diversity Policy of the Arts Council and the European Open Method of Coordination on Intercultural Dialogue.
She has studied art history, arts administration, adult and community education, an M Litt exploring Japanese influence on 20th century Irish art and Mandarin (intermediate). Jenny participated in the Getty NextGen for museum leaders in 2012 and Learning in Museums, ICOM China in 2014. She regularly presents at conferences both nationally and internationally and recently spoke at the Russian ICOM Intermuseums conference on museums and cultural diversity, in June 2015 www.icom.org.ru.
Justyna Chmielewska holds an MA in Cultural Studies (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland). She is the Education Assistant in the Chester Beatty Library and manages the Volunteer and the Public Programme, this includes coordinating suitable programmes that facilitate public engagement with the Western, Islamic and East Asian Collections. She has participated in several EU funded projects, i.e. The Creative Museum (2014 – 2017), The Learning Museum (2010 – 2013) and Museums Tell Many Stories (2005 – 2007). Justyna has developed an Intercultural Community Ambassador Programme, where volunteers from various communities give guided tours in Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin and Irish.