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Mary Low from the Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc ( 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:

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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Arrived at Newcastle Museum  on Monday Feb 3rd- what a great place, 3 heritage listed buildings with high ceilings, with heavy industrial beams, arched windows placed in exposed brick walls and joined unashamedly by new modern construction forming the reception foyer and link gallery.
Oriented myself with the exhibition spaces- there are permanent and changing exhibition spaces.
One gallery has Newcastle’s story- uses photos everywhere- no captions. Random photos from across the years narrate the heritage of the city.

Love their photowall – we can do this in Tambo!! Park side of the Carrangarra.

This Museum knows its community and designs its exhibitions to engage and interest them.
Key Idea: Interpreting local stories- objects and their stories need to have a connection to the ‘place’- not a random display of objects.

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Roped into Tuesday Tales- every Tuesday story reading for under 6 year olds, a great public programming initiative. I spoke with a few of the Mothers- they come every week, consider the Museum very welcoming, very child friendly and focused. Exhibitions and activities are often aimed at/interesting/engaging for children. Mothers may stay at Museum longer for children to go to miniova (science activities for small children), play or have a coffee, check out new exhibitions.
Later in the day I went on radio with Julie Baird, the Deputy Director. Julie has a monthly spot on the local ABC- Local Treasures. In this way the Museum connects with the community, puts call outs for assistance with information, engages interest in the exhibitions and maintains a high community profile.

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.

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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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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Guided Tours

The tour of the Blacksmith’s shop was done by Raine (pronounced Rainy) who is the only remaining qualified Blacksmith with the Queensland Rail workshops at Ipswich. She oversees apprentices doing boilermaker training by value adding their education with blacksmithing skills for mutual benefit. In addition to the work required for railways the workshop undertakes purpose built item commissions to provide strong and durable tools for special internal and external needs which also creates a range of training opportunities and revenue. The demonstrations by the apprentices as we moved around the facility were edifying.  The tour not only took us past contemporary works but also included demonstrations of molten objects being brought out of the furnace and placed under machinery designed to shape it under heavy compaction. Access to and from the Blacksmith workshop was by the ‘Traverser’ which takes up almost the width of the roadway between buildings and can stop at each arched entryway, staggered to avoid collision by engines and other motorised equipment moving from one building to another. The Traverser has a road width platform which also contains rails. Read the rest of this entry »

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