Museums & Galleries Qld

Jenny Black posts again from Mercy Heritage Centre Mentorship

Posted on: 6 November 2013

The days at the end of last week were spent carrying out and watching a variety of processes. I am fortunate that Jess, a Conservator has been in attendance at the Mercy Heritage Centre while I’ve been here. She has been working on a statue approx a metre high, painstakingly repairing cracking paint and slowly bringing the statue back to its original condition. You can see in the photo that the statue has been divided down the centre line and only repaired on the LHS. It remains in its poor condition on the RHS. as it will be used as a ‘before and after’ exhibit. While watching Jess work, I was able to speak with her and get advice on reframing old photographs. After listening to Jess’s advice, I may now have the courage to try my hand at changing the backing mats, cleaning the glass inside of the frames, re-securing and re-taping the photographs back into their original frames.

The All Hallows’ School Archivist and myself had a workshop with Peter Connell on Exhibition Planning. A School display is set up in the Temporary exhibition space in the Mercy Hertage Centre (MHC) twice per year. The School Archivist is planning a temporary exhibition involving the history of the School and the influence of the Sisters of Mercy in the life of the community as well as its past students. Students will gain knowledge and links to their heritage through the displays. It is quite a large task to organise even a small scale exhibition.  This is where the Exhibition Plan comes to the fore. The document is the reference for listing which items will be displayed, where the items will be displayed, how much space is required, and the content for the wall mounted signage information panels plus the wording for the smaller text labels. I found this a very valuable and interesting exercise – especially after seeing the 26 different displays set up in the Mercy Heritage Centre. This would have been a massive task to organise.

Another interesting project I’ve been carrying out with guidance from Helen James, is developing Oject Files. On Friday afternoon we visited the Bardon Novitiate ( once home of the ‘Novice’ Sisters of Mercy – hence the name) to view items that may be appropriate as pieces for the Mercy Heritage Centre. We were fortunate to discover quite a few interesting items. I have now completed the project by documenting the objects, photographing each piece, creating Object Files and researching information on some of the pieces. What did we ever do without the Internet!

M&GSQ’s 2013 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.

See M&GSQ’s website, for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.


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