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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!

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M&G QLD held its 2015 State Conference from 6-7 August at the award-winning The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich. The Conference is a major industry event for people working throughout the public museum and gallery sector in Queensland and is held every four years.

Feedback from delegates was very positive with 98.6% of delegates, who responded to the evaluation survey, rating their overall satisfaction with the Conference as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ and 100% of delegates rated the organisation of the Conference as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.

Delegates were asked ‘What were the highlights of this Conference’?

  • “Being in Ipswich; Liverpool presentation; connecting with people in education and public programs.”
  • “David Fleming was amazing! Thank you for arranging such an incredible international speaker with rich knowledge and experience in the industry.”
  • “As always the organisers have successfully balanced topics relevant to museums and galleries, and addressed current issues – providing practical case studies.”
  • “I enjoyed all of it and found it incredibly worthwhile – especially the mix between blue sky thinking and actual results.”

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DavidFlemingDr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool, UK, is coming to Australia to present as part of the 2015 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference.

In a presentation entitled ‘Creating the much-loved museum’, Dr Fleming will consider ways to create museums that their communities “love”; ways that are applicable to all museums, whatever their location, collections or subject matter and whatever their socio-economic-political context. Not only is Dr Fleming the international keynote speaker, he will also present a Masterclass entitled The Political Museum. Dr Fleming will argue that all museums are political, including those pretending not to be. He will explore what is meant by ‘political’ and try to tease out come Australian experiences of when politics meet museums.

Dr Fleming became the Director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001 and has Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago is a city with a big history and a lot to say. My international Fellowship has provided me with the opportunity of exploring the way the Chicago History Museum tells this story through its exhibitions, education and school and public programs. This takes in tours, talks, food, architecture, games and theatre and I’m sure there are lots of other ways this is done that I am about to learn about in the next little while. Not only am I lucky to be here I’m lucky with the weather – it’s not windy and it’s not cold, in fact it’s humid!

I have been on a walking tour of OLD TOWN and the name gives it away. The city is treated as an artifact with a story to tell. This is told very well because the tour is well researched and the story given life by our volunteer guide, Henry Wykowski . There are gorgeous buildings and quirky aspects to them, bears in wall niches, grand staircases leading to timber homes perched on brick bases, and stories linking them to the introduction of the sewerage system. Our guide knows his city and its stories so well we hung on his every word. Walking tours, tours with strollers, tours with dogs (called pup tours as opposed to pub tours), train tours, just about every kind of tour becomes a part of the public program and this and most of the other outdoor activities are programed for summer as winter here is incredibly bitter. Read the rest of this entry »

Post by Deannah Vieth, Training and Professional Development Manager

 

On Sunday, 18 May I was fortunate to present a paper at the Museums Australia National Conference in Tasmania.

I presented in partnership with Chrissi Theodosiou from the State Library of Queensland and we discussed how social media can be used by people working in museums, libraries, archives and heritage spaces to communicate with stakeholders and boost the profile of their organisation.

Queensland is a geographically vast state with a thriving cultural heritage scene. The state has more than 400 historical societies and community museums, 70 plus regional galleries and public exhibition spaces, 319 public libraries and 21 indigenous knowledge centres.

When you have this many cultural heritage collections over a geographically broad area, social media is an ideal way for staff and volunteers to communicate with their stakeholders.

M&GSQ partnered with the State Library of Queensland to deliver across the state six social media workshops, with a further one in Dalby planned for June.

The workshops gave an introduction to social media and engaged participants in hands-on opportunities to create a blog or set up their own Facebook, Flickr, Twitter or History pin account.

What grew out of the workshops, are some true success stories including:

  • The Yugambeh Language Centre and Museum in Beenleigh staff started a twitter account at the workshop and one tweet was picked up by an ABC journalist, who retweeted it to his 10,000 followers. What followed was a tangible rise in the organisation’s profile.
  •  A Charters Towers Archivist who was unconvinced about the benefits of social media who now blogs regularly and has his blog linked to a local newspaper each fortnight. Again, this has raised the profile of his organisation within the region.
  •  A staff member at an historical village at Herberton was shown how to use Facebook more efficiently and now uses the platform as their primary means of promotion and communication, such is its success in reaching key stakeholders.

Being a part of this in Queensland is truly gratifying.

 

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Mary Low from the Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc (www.cadcai.org) writes from her M&GSQ internship at the State Library of Queensland:

One of my stated objectives during this internship was to learn more about digital imaging.  During week one, I got to spend time with the Digital Imaging and the Microfilm Unit at Cannon Hill.  I learnt about the types of photographic equipment used: SLR cameras, overhead camera stands, book cradles and scanners, including a beaut wide-bed scanner which takes oversized images such as architectural plans and maps.  I am lucky to receive hands-on training to use the equipment and software to photograph, scan, process, and file images in digital format on both Mac and PC systems. The digital imaging team is currently digitising material for the Q Anzac 100 Project and an on-line exhibition about Qld architecture, Hot Modernism.

The training and conversations I have had with SLQ digitisation staff have given me deeper understanding of the processes involved in digital preservation, and the knowledge to begin to digitise our community’s collection of historical and contemporary photos, news clippings, ephemeral and other objects.

SLQ has developed a number of useful resources which are available on line to encourage and assist groups and individuals to digitise and preserve their collections. See links below:

http://vimeo.com/62131787

http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/about-us/projects-and-partnerships/distributed-collection-of-queensland-memory/digitisation-toolkit

M&GSQ 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.

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Mary Low from the Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc (www.cadcai.org) writes from her M&GSQ internship at the State Library of Queensland:

The State Library is the largest collecting institution in Queensland, with 1.7 millions of books, one million photographic images and millions of ephemera objects, maps, musical scores and works of art. From day one I quickly get an idea of what that looks like and the volume and wealth of material that the SLQ conservation unit processes in order to preserve and make its collections accessible to the public through loans and exhibitions online.

Day one, I meet my mentor, senior conservator Rachel Spano who gives me a tour and overview of the SLQ conservation unit which is located on level five. Rachael takes time to explain the work of the three main teams within the unit: visual media, collection conservation, and digitisation and microfilm (located at Cannon Hill.)

I am shown the labs and dedicated work spaces where various tasks such as digital imaging, photographic copying, box making, book binding, and paper preservation and restoration are carried out. I meet some of the staff.  I also accompany Rachel to the quarantine, in the basement where a new significant acquisition, the Rechabite Collection has just been delivered and will proceed to be, surface cleaned, and checked for mould and treated for bug infestation by freezing or   placing in the mobigas chamber before being catalogued.  I am impressed by the equipment, resources and established systems in place. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to observe best practices in action  and learn as much as I can during my time with the conservation unit.

M&GSQ 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.

Demounting and installing an exhibition at a large gallery has been an interesting exercise.
Basically the system is the same as we undertake in our ‘little’ space (compared to MRAG!)
But there are a few tips and new techniques I have learnt- the laser level being the best idea.

I love the works hanging without wires – but think this would be difficult in our situation as it is more time consuming and in a smaller space the walls could begin to deteriorate in appearance with the constant ‘bogging’ – even if you are a master painter!
Had a ‘fun’ time yesterday with the foam core- I have always struggled to use it but will return with a new attitude towards this substance- get a new craft knife and keep it clean & sharp!

Placement of the wall labels is simplified with a purpose built stick – we need to make one of those!

M&GSQ 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.

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A week at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery began by demounting an exhibition of works that are insured for $4.4million! – Master pieces from the Peter Elliot collection.
The systems used by the team are pretty much what we do at the Grassland Art Gallery but they do have a couple of nifty ideas that I will take home and implement.
My favourite thing is the laser level – no red wool stuck up with blue tack! We want one of those – soon as!!!
I do like their blocks of wood covered in carpet used to prop work off the floor and their cleaning trolley which is loaded with all the tools and materials needed for an installation.
Eight people all knowing what they are doing – what a breeze. Everything down, packed away, walls painted, the next exhibition works framed, placed and up on the wires.

M&GSQ 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.

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Newcastle Museum is exciting and innovative- interactive- it is all about activity, activation and change. A museum is not the same for ever; NM is not a ‘crusty’, everyone wants something different and NM tries to give it to them. Different exhibitions for different people- giving them an experience they don’t get anywhere else.

NM has recently opened a shop, the goal of the of the shop is to bring people in to the shop to purchase – it is not just targeting sales at the museum audience. Merchandise is being created with the idea that customers will come and purchase a unique gift that they can’t get elsewhere.

Exhibitions are developed with the community in mind, as a recognition of their identity. Key learning-Labels: wording for labels should be short and sweet, written to be comprehended by a twelve year old. Simple language, clear explanations.

Also an image of the ferry- what a way to go to work each day!

M&GSQ 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.

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Phone: 07 3059 9740
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Museums & Galleries Queensland is the peak professional body for the public museum and gallery sector in Queensland.

Museums & Galleries Queensland promotes, supports and provides services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places. We strive to ensure a future where museums, galleries and keeping places are relevant, accessible and valued by their communities.

M&G QLD Staff

Rebekah Butler, Executive Director
Debra Beattie, General Manager
Melissa Fletcher, Information Officer
TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Deannah Vieth, Training and Professional Development Manager
Leisha Walker, Training and Professional Development Program Officer
EXHIBITION DEVELOPMENT & TOURING
Donna Davis, Exhibition Program Officer
Bonnie Melrose, Exhibition Program Officer
Andrea Higgins, Exhibition Program Officer

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