Museums & Galleries Qld

While I myself am already confident that culture ‘counts’, I was more than happy to help the Rockhampton Art Gallery and company Culture Counts convince others of this!

On the 26 May I headed off to the Rockhampton Art Gallery to view The Adventures of William Yaxley exhibition and the Cream exhibition, both developed in-house by the Gallery. I completed Peer Assessor pre- and post-visit surveys about both exhibitions, as part of the ‘Culture Counts 2016 Queensland Pilot’.

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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!

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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.WDHSM 1

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.Celebration closure 8.10.15

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.”

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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:

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DavidFlemingDr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool, UK, is coming to Australia to present as part of the 2015 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference.

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.

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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.

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By Jo Evans

At the end of June, M&GSQ headed to the beautiful western downs town of Dalby to deliver the final in a series of six social media workshops to regional Queensland.

The workshop, held in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, (SLQ) was presented by SLQ staff Anne Scheu and Myles Sinnamon over two days and attracted participants from Dalby and surrounding towns including Tara and Miles.

The 13 participants ranged from absolute novices to tech savvy professionals, but what united them was the drive to use social media to best promote and communicate with their respective audiences.

Day one of the workshop focussed on the different social media platforms and, while there are many, we mainly discussed Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and WordPress. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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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 »

Museums & Galleries Queensland

122 Gerler Rd, Hendra QLD 4011

Phone: 07 3059 9740
Email: information@magsq.com.au
Web: www.magsq.com.au

Museums & Galleries Queensland is the peak professional body for the public museum and gallery sector in Queensland.

Museums & Galleries Queensland promotes, supports and provides services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places. We strive to ensure a future where museums, galleries and keeping places are relevant, accessible and valued by their communities.

M&G QLD Staff

Rebekah Butler, Executive Director
Debra Beattie, General Manager
Morgan Bundy-Wright, Information Officer
TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Deannah Vieth, Training and Professional Development Manager
Leisha Lawrence, Training and Professional Development Program Officer
EXHIBITION DEVELOPMENT & TOURING
Donna Davis, Exhibition Program Officer
Bonnie Melrose, Exhibition Program Officer
Andrea Higgins, Exhibition Program Officer

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