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It is always exciting for me when I am able to be present for installation of one of the Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) touring exhibitions. On Tuesday 7 March, I packed my draft Installation Manual and camera, removed all of my jewellery (essentail when installing a glass exhibition) and eagerly headed out to Logan Art Gallery to help with and document installation of Jo Bone’s exhibition In Depth.

M&G QLD has been working with renowned, contemporary glass artist Jo Bone to develop the touring exhibition In Depth and with the support of funding from Arts Queensland, M&G QLD are able to tour this exhibition throughout regional Queensland, firstly to Logan Art Gallery and then off to Texas, Dalby, Tambo, Biloela and Hervey Bay.

In Depth features thirteen beautifully crafted pieces that reflect the sculptural forms, colours and textures of our marine environment. This includes works inspired by shells, sand dollars, cephalopods and molluscs, and an installation comprising seventeen individual glass seagrass fronds.

Staff and volunteers at the Logan Art Gallery were exceptional – thorough in their condition reporting; considerate in their exhibition design; professional in their handling of the precious glass artworks and enthusiastic to learn about the inspiration and complex processes involved in the creation of Jo Bone’s artworks, which they have no doubt been sharing with their gallery visitors.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

During my mentorship at Logan Art Gallery I have had the opportunity to do again the two day Art and Alzheimer’s (A&A) training offered by the National Art Gallery.   Dogwood Crossing, Miles hosted training in conjunction with our local Queensland Health providers and have gone on to establish a program with the high care facility Milton House with  between three and five residence attending sessions monthly.  However I have found presenting these workshops very challenging, being much more at home presenting children’s programs.

Attending the resent training at the Logan Art Gallery has given me the chance to re-visit the key concepts on which the program is based and a few things really gelled for me.  Each A&A session is built around the verbs OBSERVE, DESCRIBE, INTERPRET and CONNECT.  On the second day we broke up into groups to do some practice tours, firstly as if we were a group not affected by dementia.  As we discussed the chosen work with each other we could see ourselves flying through the session structure in a matter of a few sentences – observing and describing then jumping straight to interpreting and connecting.  It suddenly clicked that we are doing exactly the same thing anyone would do in a guided conversation about art but with our A&A participants we just need to slow the whole process down. Read the rest of this entry »


Photo taken by Anne Keam with permission

The first day of my mentorship was spent at the Queensland Art Gallery where I was able to access behind the scenes primarily to observe a Toddler Tuesday session.  At Dogwood Crossing Miles we have been running a Toddler Tuesday program ever since attending and being inspired by the Toddler Tuesday concept presented at the Art is for Everyone conference at the Queensland Art Gallery some years ago.  I have always harboured a desire to observe a session of Toddler Tuesday and take a dip into the Toddler Tuesday archives.

Caitlin Pijpers from Regional Services kindly set up a meeting with Tamsin Head of Educational Services who went through the planning process of a typical session with me from the selection of the artwork to be viewed, identifying the central idea or theme to be explored in the session to the culminating art activity.   Art works for the session are always chosen from a piece of the Gallery’s collection on display.  The central aim of Toddler Tuesday is not to dumb art down for children, and this is quite a challenge considering the wide age range (from 18 months to 4 years,) but to share art with children through stories and activities.  Staff believe that even if concepts might be considered to be over some children’s heads this is not a bad thing.  The concepts are being mediated through familiar listening, moving and looking activities in the company of their trusted adult.  Visiting these concepts is laying a foundation for children to effectively view and engage with artworks into the future.

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