Museums & Galleries Qld

Archive for March 2012

Emma Bain, Director, Redland Art Gallery

Emma Bain, a successful recipient of M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program, has been increasing her knowledge of travelling exhibitions at a national level during her Mentorship at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT. Emma is Director of the Redland Art Gallery.

Emma shares her experiences of her Gallery Mentorship:

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Marg Power, Volunteer, formerly Dogwood Crossing @ Miles now based at Wandoan

Margaret Power, a volunteer formerly with Dogwood Crossing @ Miles and now based at Wandoan, was awarded an Internship at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery from M&GSQ’s 2011 pilot Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Marg reflects on what she learned about running a regional gallery:

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Leigh Dennis, Volunteer, Yeppoon RSL Military Museum

Leigh Dennis, a volunteer at the Yeppoon RSL Military Museum, learned new skills in conservation and preservation during an Internship with the Army Museum of North Queensland in Townsville. Leigh is a successful applicant to M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Leigh discusses her new skills and knowledge:

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Anna Thurgood, Exhibitions Curator (currently Acting Director), Artspace Mackay

Anna Thurgood had a valuable opportunity to observe gallery practice at a national level during her Mentorship with the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, as a result of her successful application to M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program. Anna is Exhibitions Curator (currently Acting Director) at Artspace Mackay.

Anna talks about what she gained from the Mentorship:

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Karen Douglas, Volunteer, Fassifern District Historical Society

Karen Douglas, a volunteer with the Fassifern District Historical Society, Templin Museum in Boonah had a unique opportunity to gain knowledge in textile conservation during an Internship at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, NSW. Karen was a successful applicant to M&GSQ’s 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Karen talks about her experiences during her Internship:

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  Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor!

The largest jewellery exhibition ever seen in Australia

The exhibition, Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories, is from an old rhyme that little girls would chant to predict the profession of their future spouse. Not in their wildest dreams could they have imagined that all the professions listed would one day be open to women.

This exhibition celebrates the 2011 centenary of International Women’s Day, and the old rhyme was a starting point for 100 of Australia’s finest women jewellers to make a brooch in response to the professional achievements of 100 Australian women in every field imaginable—from tinker to tailor, bishop to soldier, bullocky to lawyer.

Dr Dorothy Erickson, eminent jeweller and history-enthusiast, selected 100 Australian women with notable professional achievements. Evie Franzidis, writer and researcher, wrote a short biography about each of these women, and Kirsten Fitzpatrick, exhibition curator, selected 100 jewellers and matched each with one of the 100 fantastic stories.

“The brooches are as diverse and individual as their makers. Collectively, they offer a glimpse of the infinite creative talents of Australian jewellers” says Curator, Kirsten Fitzpatrick. “They cover the spectrum of contemporary Australian jewellery from highly experimental brooches made from materials including old tram tickets, vinyl records and plastic McDonalds spoons, to the more traditional fashioned from precious metals and gems.”

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor is sponsored by Grain Furniture, who custom built 10 display cabinets for the exhibition. The cabinets are painted pastel green and purple, inspired by the suffragettes. Richard Sachs, Director of Grain Furniture, felt a personal connection to the project, as his godmother Pamela Brown was an inspiring woman and one of Brisbane’s pioneering interior designers.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor is an artisan travelling exhibition, toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. The exhibition will tour Australia until early 2014.

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