Archive for March 2013
Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robert Cavallucci MP, Member for Brisbane Central, officially launched the results of a report that shows Queensland audiences are enthusiastically enjoying their public art galleries, at the Gallery of Modern Art on Tuesday 12 March 2013.
Executive Director, Rebekah Butler, Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) welcomed representatives from the gallery sector and State government to the Launch of Guess Who’s Going to the Gallery?.
The project has been a significant partnership between M&GSQ and Museums and Galleries New South Wales (M&G NSW). Michael Rolfe, CEO M&G NSW provided background information on the project and the partnership.
Assistant Minister Cavallucci officially launched the State Report, then guests heard from M&G NSW General Manager, Michael Huxley who provided an overview of the Report’s findings.
The Guess Who’s Going to the Gallery? Queensland Report is available to download from M&GSQ’s website http://www.magsq.com.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=957
A Quick Snapshot of Queensland Public Gallery Audiences:
If you have 10 people standing in front of an artwork in a Queensland regional gallery, it is likely that:
• Four of them will be tourists to the region.
• Half of them will have been to that gallery more than four times in the last two years but for three of them it will be their first visit.
• At least three of them will be aged between 35-54.
• At least one of them will speak a language other than English at home.
• Four of them will be from a household earning less than $40,000 pa and only two of them from a household earning more than $100,000 pa.
• At least five of them will be working (full time or part time) and three will be retired.
• Two of them will have a post-graduate degree and two of them will have finished their schooling at secondary level.
• Two of them will have come with their partner, three of them by themselves, with the others coming with family and friends.
• Almost all of them will have rated their visits as “Good” or Terrific”.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.
As part of the Griffith University Social Enterprise Program, M&GSQ has coordinated training workshops for students undertaking social enterprise placements in museums. This year, M&GSQ continues the partnership with Griffith University School of Humanities who provide funding for a training course in basic collection management and preventive conservation.
Curator, Lisa Jones from the Queensland Police Museum and Conservator, Christine Ianna facilitated these workshops on the principles, policies and procedures that describe and articulate a collecting institution’s purpose for students and volunteers.