Museums & Galleries Qld

Volunteer Margaret Power learns about gallery practice at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Posted on: 22 March 2012

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:

During my two-week volunteer Internship at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, I worked with the Director and the staff and volunteers on the demount and changeover of four separate exhibitions. I planned and organised public education art activities for the school holiday period for children of different age groups within the community visiting the gallery. I also spent one day visiting and helping out at Maryborough’s Gatakers Artspace.

The Internship was of great benefit in many ways, including gaining confidence in installing and demounting of exhibitions and increasing my skill level in the management and handling of exhibitions. I also greatly broadened my knowledge of gallery operations and policies, and improved my understanding of local government collection, acquisition and operating policies.

The Internship helped me to appreciate the role of the Gallery Director’s vision, leadership and management skills, and to clarify possible career paths in curatorship and gallery management. I was also able to observe the importance of the Gallery to the cultural make-up of its community, as it is often the ‘shopfront’ in promoting the Arts. This experience has influenced me a great deal – I wish to work in the industry in a paid capacity and I am currently building up my experience and expertise in the area of gallery management and completing my Masters of Arts.

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery was a great match for my learning objectives. I was given opportunities to use my talents and expertise, as well as learning best practice procedures in all aspects of running a regional gallery. The Director and staff made me feel part of their team and I very much appreciated the confidence they placed in me. Working with passionate staff and volunteers was a highlight of the experience.

M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship 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.

Stay tuned to this blog and to the M&GSQ website, for an announcement about the recipients of the 2012 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

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