Museums & Galleries Qld

Wondering what your options are for your gallery/ museum lighting and air-conditioning?

Posted on: 22 June 2011

M&GSQ’s State Conference has sessions designed to help you make decisions on your your gallery/ museum lighting and air-conditioning, to improve your carbon footprint and one day even your budget.

Key preliminary findings will be presented by the consultants engaged by Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW (RPG NSW) and Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) to research and produce a technical industry report on future considerations for gallery/museum lighting and air conditioning, in the wake of recent developments such as the Federal Government’s phase out of incandescent lighting.

RPGNSW and M&GSQ have commissioned Steensen Varming (Environmental Engineers) and International Conservation Services to produce a Technical Industry Report on the issues of lighting and air conditioning (environmental control) to assist our sector in making informed decisions on these two critical issues. Museums Australia and M&G NSW are supporting this initiative too.

Look out for the survey Steensen Varming (SV) and International Conservation Services (ICS) have prepared to get this project underway. The consultants advise that it may take an hour or so to complete and will require input from someone who knows your building, the air conditioning system (if there is one) and lighting capabilities. Please take the time to complete this survey to make their research relevant to you.

Galleries and museums are looking for clear future options for more economically and environmentally sustainable methods of display, preservation and storage of art and cultural material using appropriate technology, products and systems, which also comply with recent government legislation.

Also presenting in the Plenary session, Our Carbon Footprint, to help with this will be Steve Chaddock, Timeline Heritage Consultants and Norman Richards, Building Design and Interiors with a case study on a Pilot Sustainability Refit of Artspace Mackay.

Joining via Skype, will be Guy Abrahams, Art and Environment consultant, Co-Founder, CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate (2010), instigator of the ACGA Green Gallery Guide in association with the Australian Conservation Foundation (2008) and presenter for Al Gore’s Climate Change Project.

While the phase out of incandescent lighting is expected to have long-term environmental and cost saving benefits, it has impacted on Australia’s museum and gallery sector with many facing the costly replacement or significant upgrade of existing lighting infrastructure.

So to further help you prepare for what to do before your stock of bulbs runs out, one parallel conference session offers practical demonstrations of lighting options by three companies:
• Sylvania Lighting Australasia ( )
• Philips Strand Selecon (
• Raylinc Lighting (

And if you want to go to a different parallel session you won’t miss out, there’s a chance to visit them during the lunchtime mini trade show.


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