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Redland Art Gallery’s Emma Bain completes a rewarding Mentorship at the National Gallery of Australia

Posted on: 23 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:

The Mentorship provided an excellent and rare opportunity to develop my specialist arts management skills. I learned about the considerations that need to be taken into account when undertaking international loans including time lines, costs, packaging, conservation, customs and legal obligations.


I was provided with collection management tips in relation to quarantine, storage, conservation, handling, climate control, accession marking, specialist suppliers and customisation of collection management software.


It was very useful to understand the parameters and framework for borrowing artwork from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) including timelines, costs, environmental concerns and standard facility report requirements; and also the process to register interest to host NGA travelling exhibitions, including the documentation required.


The Mentorship provided a great opportunity to work in a major institution outside of Queensland, and to be able to ask questions and advice from specialists across the various NGA groups as to how their processes work within the larger organisation.


It also gave me an opportunity to showcase Redland Art Gallery’s programs and discuss how it operates as a regional gallery in Queensland.


A highlight of the Mentorship was the generosity of time and the exchange of information offered by my mentor, Belinda Cotton, and the NGA staff; and the opportunity to meet with so many people across the organisations and also from external government departments.


I have been able to build my interstate networks in the visual arts industry through the meeting opportunities provided, and to expand my file of gallery specific reference material.


I have already started referencing the gathered material and using the skills I have taken away from the Mentorship. The reference material will be particularly useful for projects we will be rolling out throughout 2012.

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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