Museums & Galleries Qld

Roana O’Neill, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery blogs from her mentorship at Art Gallery of New South Wales

Posted on: 19 April 2012

Roana O’Neill and Nicole Tan from the Singapore Art Museum on their first day at the Art Gallery New South Wales

DAY One: Children on Easter holidays arrived at Art Gallery New South Wales (AGNSW) excited to attend a free performance in the Gallery. No words were uttered by the performers for 30 minutes yet the audience was completely enthralled. Using mime, magic and humour the 2 presenters engaged with the audience using props and costuming to tell the stories of works from the Gallery’s new contemporary Gallery. This was the first public program I attended at AGNSW today as part of my Mentorship program which will focus on the education and public programs.

I met with Nicole Tan who works at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and is here for 3 weeks in a similar capacity. Nicole was successful in an application with SAM to attend AGNSW for a mentorship opportunity, which stemmed from a previous visit to SAM by a senior AGNSW staff member. Nicole and I spent the day together and it was wonderful to chat with someone else from another cultural organisation to hear about how their facility operates.

Alex Gregg, the Co-ordinator of Contemporary Programs, discussed the process undertaken to develop an iPad App for some of the 250 works donated to AGNSW by John Kaldor, that are now housed in the John Kaldor Family Gallery, that was opened last May – as far as they know this is the first Collection App that has been designed in Australia

Children using the iPad App in the USB sponsored Art Zone in the John Kaldor Family Gallery

Tomorrow Nicole and I will be observing and assisting with the school holiday workshops, with a portraiture workshop in the morning for 5 – 8 year olds, inspired by the Archibald Prize, and a similar afternoon workshop for 9 – 13 year olds along with a different performance for children, again based on people and portraits.

Wednesday is also when the Gallery runs its weekly Art After Hours program from 5pm – 9pm, with tomorrow featuring a discussion with one of the Archibald artists and their sitter, free films and free live music in the Artbar which we will also attend.

M&GSQ’s 2012 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.

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



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