by Bonnie Melrose
As Exhibitions Program Officer, I love my job at M&G QLD, developing touring exhibitions and helping artists and galleries to get their touring exhibitions on the road, but occasionally when I get back into a gallery for a day during installation, it is exhilarating!
An article from Winton District Historical Society & Museum Inc on the reopening of the Museum after the devastating fire at the Waltzing Matilda Centre.
When Len and Robyn Lawrence from Western Australia walked through the gate on Thursday 8 October, Winton District Historical Society & Museum had notched up 550 visitors to the Qantilda Museum section of the Waltzing Matilda Centre, since we opened on 1 September. They were particularly interested in the Furphy Tank with its shorthand inscription, having seen a similar one at Pine Creek in the Northern Territory.
Visitors from across Australia have enjoyed the variety of historic items on display, including some things restored after the fire.
Members and friends who volunteered to staff the gates, celebrated a very busy six weeks, after the official closure on Thursday 8 October.
The Winton District Historical Society & Museum Inc. looks forward to opening again at Easter 2016, and welcoming many more visitors to the surviving buildings of the Waltzing Matilda Centre.
Together with all of Australia, we can’t wait until the new memorial to our national song arises from the ashes!
M&G QLD held its 2015 State Conference from 6-7 August at the award-winning The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich. The Conference is a major industry event for people working throughout the public museum and gallery sector in Queensland and is held every four years.
Feedback from delegates was very positive with 98.6% of delegates, who responded to the evaluation survey, rating their overall satisfaction with the Conference as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ and 100% of delegates rated the organisation of the Conference as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
Delegates were asked ‘What were the highlights of this Conference’?
- “Being in Ipswich; Liverpool presentation; connecting with people in education and public programs.”
- “David Fleming was amazing! Thank you for arranging such an incredible international speaker with rich knowledge and experience in the industry.”
- “As always the organisers have successfully balanced topics relevant to museums and galleries, and addressed current issues – providing practical case studies.”
- “I enjoyed all of it and found it incredibly worthwhile – especially the mix between blue sky thinking and actual results.”
At this Conference, Read the rest of this entry »
The 2015 M&G QLD Conference recently held in Ipswich would not been such a success without the generous contribution of sponsors and supporters.
M&G QLD wishes to acknowledge and thank:
- The Workshops Rail Museum
- Joanne Evans, fabulous sponsorship consultant
- Elizabeth Bates, awesome volunteer
- Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Heritage Branch
- Pre-Conference Tour Venues – Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Maritime Museum, Queensland Museum, State Library of Queensland
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In a presentation entitled ‘Creating the much-loved museum’, Dr Fleming will consider ways to create museums that their communities “love”; ways that are applicable to all museums, whatever their location, collections or subject matter and whatever their socio-economic-political context. Not only is Dr Fleming the international keynote speaker, he will also present a Masterclass entitled The Political Museum. Dr Fleming will argue that all museums are political, including those pretending not to be. He will explore what is meant by ‘political’ and try to tease out come Australian experiences of when politics meet museums.
Dr Fleming became the Director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001 and has Read the rest of this entry »
Queensland artist Glen Skien talks to Bonnie Melrose, M&G QLD Exhibition Program Officer, about his touring exhibition, MYTHO-POETIC: Print and Assemblage Works by Glen Skien
MYTHO-POETIC: Print and Assemblage Works by Glen Skien, an exhibition of 35 artist books, assemblages, collages and installations has been touring to regional and remote centres around the country since 2013, immersing viewers in rich imagery, challenging them to navigate social histories and to answer vexing questions of Australian identity, place and myth.
We ask Artist Glen Skien about his experience of touring the exhibition.
Bonnie Melrose: How did the idea of touring your exhibition arise?
Glen Skien: I saw an opportunity for my work to reach a wider audience. Coming from a regional centre in Mackay in North Queensland, I am quite aware that regional centres don’t always get the opportunity to see new and interesting art. I met the Director of the Gympie Regional Gallery, Joolie Gibbs, and through conversations with her, the idea of touring a new body of work I was developing (in connection with my doctorate) to a wider audience became a real possibility. Once the potential of the exhibition to tour was established, I started to structure the exhibition according to how I wanted audiences to experience it – a museum-type experience. The potential for the exhibition to tour fed into the format that the exhibition would take.
The Chicago History Museum covers the eclectic story of Chicago in many ways from its fur trade beginnings to its diverse immigrant stories. One thing I am learning here is the many ways these stories can be told. Here history is not just about what happened 50 or 100 years ago but it’s also about what happened yesterday. The Museum embraces the hard to tell story and the celebratory one.
Some of the pioneering story is told through dioramas. I love the exquisite detail in the figures and the expansive vistas inside. Like big doll houses they have a charm that people are really attracted to, if the long lines in front of them are anything to go by.
Another great installation is photography based Read the rest of this entry »
These delightful photos were taken at the Swedish American Museum and they feature the opportunities children have to explore being a pioneering Swedish child about to become an immigrant and resident in America. Children prepare for this big event by dressing up as immigrant children, buying a ticket in a child’s size ticket booth and going up one side of a big boat ready for departure. They leave from Sweden and arrive on the other side of the boat in America. Read the rest of this entry »
Chicago is a city with a big history and a lot to say. My international Fellowship has provided me with the opportunity of exploring the way the Chicago History Museum tells this story through its exhibitions, education and school and public programs. This takes in tours, talks, food, architecture, games and theatre and I’m sure there are lots of other ways this is done that I am about to learn about in the next little while. Not only am I lucky to be here I’m lucky with the weather – it’s not windy and it’s not cold, in fact it’s humid!
I have been on a walking tour of OLD TOWN and the name gives it away. The city is treated as an artifact with a story to tell. This is told very well because the tour is well researched and the story given life by our volunteer guide, Henry Wykowski . There are gorgeous buildings and quirky aspects to them, bears in wall niches, grand staircases leading to timber homes perched on brick bases, and stories linking them to the introduction of the sewerage system. Our guide knows his city and its stories so well we hung on his every word. Walking tours, tours with strollers, tours with dogs (called pup tours as opposed to pub tours), train tours, just about every kind of tour becomes a part of the public program and this and most of the other outdoor activities are programed for summer as winter here is incredibly bitter. Read the rest of this entry »