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Peer Talk 2011: An Exhibition Review

Posted on: 23 May 2011

Mercy Heritage Centre, Wednesday 18 May 2011

Peer Talk 2011: An Exhibition Review was conducted most successfully with the courageous participation of Mercy Heritage Centre and honest reflections of a panel of exhibition reviewers for International Museums Day, 18 May 2011.  Peer Talk is designed to help build a culture of constructive exhibition criticism in the museum and gallery sector. This was the seventh presented by M&GSQ since 2001. These events are based on the work of Kathleen McLean and the reviews of exhibitions held at the American Association of Museums Annual Meetings and at the Museums Australia National Conferences since April 2001.

Peer Talk 2011 focused on the Interpretation of one of Brisbane’s oldest buildings, the first permanent home of the Sisters of Mercy in Queensland and the displays that have opened in Stages 1 & 2 of the development of Mercy Heritage Centre.

Visit M&GSQ’s website for insights into the institutional, curatorial and design rationale for the displays from presenters:

  • Sr Anne Hetherington, Chair, Mercy Heritage Centre Management Committee
  • Peter Connell, Director, Mercy Heritage Centre
  • Caolán Mitchell, Director, Thylacine- the consultant exhibition designers.

Also available are reviews of these displays from:

  • Dr Judith McKay, museum curator, historian and heritage consultant
  • Peter Marquis- Kyle an architect who specialises in conserving historic places
  • Bryon Cunningham, Director of Cunningham Martyn Design.

Responses from the institution and the constructive and open panel discussion can also be accessed.

At the conclusion of the event Dr Graeme Were, Convenor UQ Museum Studies Program launched International Museum Day with reflections on the theme Museums and Memory and the presenters and attendees enjoyed a drink together on the front verandah of the Heritage Centre.

More photos from the event are available on M&GSQ’s Facebook page:

Download the Program by clicking here: Peer Talk 2011 Program

Ann Baillie & Leisha Lawrence

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