Museums & Galleries Qld

Anne Keam returns to Dogwood Crossing @ Miles from Logan Art Gallery mentorship

Posted on: 20 November 2013

I have returned home from my mentorship and would like to reflect a little on the exhibitions and public program side of the Logan Art Gallery.  Logan has had a recent addition to their gallery, a magnificent purpose built Public Programs Space.  The space is decked out with all the necessary materials and equipment for the ‘doing and making’ side of art complimenting so beautifully the range of gallery viewing spaces.  In addition to the set-up is the wonderful way that results of previous projects and workshops are displayed on the walls and plinths along with inspirational objects and bookcases housing art reference books and journals, photos of exhibitions and media releases about local artists and their projects.  The Space is furnished for use by both children and adults and adjacent is a courtyard where the action can spill out onto or participants can go to eat lunch and relax.  It truly is an inspirational space.  While I was there the space was used for the Art & Alzheimer’s Workshop, a LANE (Logan Artsworkers Networking Events) Event, a Community printing workshop and an Art Teacher’s and Artwaves debrief meeting.  Lesley Nicholson Education Officer develops the Public Programs to support the Gallery exhibitions as well as delivering many of the programs to school and community groups.  Artists and curators are also engaged by Lesley to deliver programs.  All Public Programs are free and the huge variety on offer to so many different community sectors is indeed impressive.

The exhibition that was being demounted in the second week of my stay was Artwaves 2013: Logan and adjacent areas secondary schools art exhibition.  This was of particular interest to me as I have always found engaging with high schools to be challenging.  This was the Artwaves exhibition’s 21st year and the number of schools participating has grown substantially over that time.  Lesley has been part of the exhibition for twenty years both as an Art Teacher and then as the gallery staff member coordinating the exhibition.  This long term projects success seems to come from the strong foundation of the gallery’s commitment to the exhibition concept and the commitment of participating schools to collaborate.  Each school pays $100 to participate and provides a rep to attend the four planning meetings a year.  Schools assemble a range of student artwork from which the selection team chooses five works.  Schools also take turns to provide catering, and entertainment for the opening event while the gallery provides the drinks. There is no specific theme but the gallery staff curate the exhibition into themes that arise when the works are viewed together. The exhibition is a great source of pride to students, showcasing excellence in high school art in the Logan region and is a great draw card for visitors to the gallery.  It is my hope that an exhibition based on this concept could work in our region and be collaboratively planned by the galleries and high schools across the Western Downs.

There were many other experiences and insights my mentorship has provided and I would like to thank the wonderful volunteers I met and the fantastic Logan Art Gallery staff who shared their roles and expertise with me including Michael Wardell, Chelsi Foskett, Lesley Nicholson, Jillian Beardsworth, Rueben Friend, Pete Penwarn and the trainees Caitlin Frisby and Kaylee Chapman-Moeller.

Thanks to all at M&GSQ for this wonderful opportunity.

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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