Museums & Galleries Qld

Warwick Art Gallery Director completes a successful Mentorship in Victoria

Posted on: 25 August 2011

Karina Devine, Director, Warwick Art Gallery

M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is well underway, with a number of recipients having completed their placements and more about to start. (The program is being offered again for 2012 – see the end of this article for details.)

One of the successful applicants to the 2011 Program, Karina Devine, Director of Warwick Art Gallery, has completed her Gallery Mentorship with the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria. Karina had the following to say about her experiences:

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery provides a focal point for cultural life on the Mornington Peninsula. The Gallery is renowned for its specialist collection of works on paper, the nationally significant exhibitions it develops and brings to the region, and its diverse program of talks, tours and special events.

Extract from MPRG Membership brochure

When I applied for the Mentorship I was interested in gaining insight into the operations of another regional gallery, with emphasis on general curatorial practice and education/public programming strategies. As I am the only full-time staff member at Warwick Art Gallery, the Mentorship provided opportunities for me to discuss gallery management business with another gallery director. It was an inspiring and revitalising experience, with my host Gallery generous in their sharing of ideas and resources.

The staff at MPRG develops a program of exhibitions and public programming that is sophisticated and, at the same time, quite unique to the region. I found this quality of their operations inspirational and will certainly be looking at our future programs with some of their strategies in mind.

Gallery Director Jane Alexander formulated a program of activities during the two-week Mentorship to include individual sessions with each of the gallery staff, and unlimited access to policy and procedural documents that I could examine during quiet times. This was enhanced by several opportunities to attend artists’ talks and participate in school visits. I was also given a personalised tour of the locations for the MPRG “paint outs”, off-site master classes and artSites education program. In addition, I visited the McClelland Sculpture Park and had a meeting with the Cultural Planner for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The Mentorship experience far exceeded my expectations. It was a full and rich program of opportunities that will have a significant impact on much of the planning and procedures I undertake in the future.

M&GSQ’s 2012 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is now open for applications. The Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture. Go to the M&GSQ website, www.magsq.com.au for guidelines and application forms or contact M&GSQ on 1800 680 433 (freecall within Queensland).

Potential applicants must contact M&GSQ staff by 14 October 2011. Applications close on 9 December 2011.

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