Museums & Galleries Qld

“It’s like Christmas”

Posted on: 24 March 2016

by Bonnie Melrose

As Exhibitions Program Officer, I love my job at M&G QLD, developing touring exhibitions and helping artists and galleries to get their touring exhibitions on the road, but occasionally when I get back into a gallery for a day during installation, it is exhilarating!

On Wednesday 2 June I headed out to Redland Art Gallery, where the Gallery staff and volunteers were unpacking and installing the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize exhibition, developed by Tattersall’s Club and toured by M&G QLD.

The exhibition has been curated by Tattersall’s Club Art Curator, Bernie Hollet, from the Club’s collection of winning entries in their annual, acquisitive Landscape Art Prize. The exhibition features high-calibre works by some of Australia’s most celebrated artists working in this genre, including Gordon Shepherdson, John Caldwell, Michael Nelson Jagamara, Sybil Curtis and Maureen Hansen.

I was impressed by the efficiency and professionalism of the Gallery staff and volunteers as they worked, but even more so by the mutual respect, shared friendship, and cooperation of the staff and volunteers working together. Perhaps their secret was the most delicious home-cooked banana cake shared by Gallery Director, staff, volunteers (and me) at morning tea?

The excitement of unpacking each exhibition artwork was summarised well by volunteer Alan, who said “It’s like Christmas”, after helping to reveal Davida Allen’s bold and vivid landscape, Cattle in Fog at Sunrise, from behind the face of its travel frame.

Unpacking Davida Allen's Cattle in Fog at Sunrise

Unpacking Davida Allen’s Cattle in Fog at Sunrise

I documented the processes that staff and volunteers undertook as they carefully removed the 15 landscape paintings from their travel frames and laid them out ready for installation. This would ensure that I could provide the following venues on the exhibition tour with a comprehensive Instruction Manual for unpacking, handling and installation.

M&G QLD will tour the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize exhibition to Gympie Regional Gallery (31 May – 9 July 2016), Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum (3 September – 1 October 2016), Childers Art Space (25 October – 11 December 2016), Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (3 January – 12 February 2017) and Roma on Bungil Gallery (24 February – 9 April 2017).

The team at Redland did an excellent job in unpacking and installing the exhibition which opened on the following Friday night (4 June) with an excited crowd, including two of the featured artists, Jun Chen and Joe Furlonger.

Jun Chen with his artwork Brisbane River

Jun Chen with his artwork Brisbane River

Thanks to the Redland Art Gallery for allowing me to document the unpacking and installation, for the delicious banana cake, and for a great partnership with M&G QLD and the Tattersall’s Club in presenting the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize at their venue.

Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize is organised by Tattersall’s Club and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


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