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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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At M&GSQ’s State Conference, 11- 13 August, Friday’s Plenary session Changing Nature of Collections provides perspectives on managing collections for the future. Graeme Were, now Lecturer in Museum Studies, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland prompts delegates to challenge the bounds of normally acceptable practice.  He will draw on his co–edited forthcoming publication Extreme Collecting (Berghahn Books, 2012) and a collaborative series of workshops with University College London and the British Museum. Graeme Were explores the key points of a series of public debates held at the British Museum in 2007-8 that centred on discussing objects that resist being collected for reasons of their size, scale, materiality, marginality, legality, mass production or for their political or ethical nature. The debates intended to foster a critical debate about museum collecting practices and to move towards identifying priorities for collection policies which are inclusive of acquiring ‘difficult’ objects. Read the rest of this entry »


Lydia Egunnike, Senior Conservator at the State Library of Queensland, has also been honoured as a Queensland Disaster Hero for her exceptional efforts to help restore items from the flood damaged collection of Ipswich photographer and photographic historian, Sandy Barrie. Read the rest of this entry »

In the opening plenary, Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator of Sustainable Futures, who led the Victorian Bushfires Collection project will reflect on how museums can make a difference to people dealing with disasters.  Drawing on this experience and her visit to an international conference post Cyclone Katrina, Liza will provide powerful examples of how museums can provide healing, commemoration and remembrance through collections, art, oral history and videoed interviews. Their bushfires collection project started when affected communities across the state contacted the museum with offers of donations in the days after Black Saturday. One of these, the Kinglake chimney, the largest and most complex item of this collection, was disassembled brick by brick and re-laid at the museum as a permanent memorial Read the rest of this entry »

M&GSQ’s State Conference has sessions designed to help you make decisions on your your gallery/ museum lighting and air-conditioning, to improve your carbon footprint and one day even your budget.

Key preliminary findings will be presented by the consultants engaged by Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW (RPG NSW) and Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) to research and produce a technical industry report on future considerations for gallery/museum lighting and air conditioning, in the wake of recent developments such as the Federal Government’s phase out of incandescent lighting.

RPGNSW and M&GSQ have commissioned Steensen Varming (Environmental Engineers) and International Conservation Services to produce a Technical Industry Report on the issues of lighting and air conditioning (environmental control) to assist our sector in making informed decisions on these two critical issues. Museums Australia and M&G NSW are supporting this initiative too.
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Kindly hosted by Brisbane City Archives, Moorooka

Saturday 14 May 2011

With support generously provided by Museum of Brisbane Heritage Officer, Deannah Vieth, Christine Ianna conducted a free one-day Preventive Conservation Workshop for volunteers at not-for-profit collection organisations who wanted to learn more about how to care for the better preservation of their objects.  The highly interactive workshop covered: Read the rest of this entry »

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Rebekah Butler, Executive Director
Debra Beattie, General Manager
Melissa Fletcher, Information Officer
Deannah Vieth, Training and Professional Development Manager
Leisha Walker, Training and Professional Development Program Officer
Donna Davis, Exhibition Program Officer
Bonnie Melrose, Exhibition Program Officer
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