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Applications Now Open: Roving Curator Program 2016

Posted 11th August, 2015

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Are you looking for professional assistance on an exhibition idea or project? Would you like to develop your team’s exhibition skills? The Roving Curator Program could be your answer!

The Roving Curator Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site advice as well as follow-up support. See guidelines for the types of projects and support available.

Applications are now open and close 13 October 2015.

> Guidelines and application form

For further information or to discuss your application, please contact Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services, on 03 8341 7342 or by email.

Image: Roving Curator Kitty Owens working with Uta Wiltshire, Secretary/Treasurer of Wodonga Historical Society, on the exhibition "Discovered: The Louis Hauesler Photographs and Family Collection". The exhibition will be showing at Arts Space Wodonga from September 4 to September 26, 2015.


The Roving Curator Program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Winners Announced: Victorian Museum Awards 2015

Posted 7th August, 2015

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The 2015 Victorian Museum Awards were held on Thursday 6 August in the Clemenger auditorium at the National Gallery of Victoria. Hosted by the multi-talented performer, actor, and writer, Tegan Higginbotham, the Ceremony also featured special guests Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, Emily McCulloch Childs, Co-Director of McCulloch & McCulloch, and Andrew Abbott, Deputy Secretary, Creative Victoria.

The Victorian Museum Awards celebrate the wonderful achievements of the museum and gallery sector. This year the celebration kicked off with drinks and canapés in NGV's stunning Persimmon dining room.

 

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2015 Victorian Museum Awards Recipients

Museums Australia (Victoria) Individual Award for Excellence (Volunteer)


John Lindsay

John received the Award for his outstanding contribution over 42 years as a founding member and driving force behind the creation of the Accredited Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool (FHMV). John drove the development of the FHMV Master Plan that included the restoration of the Lady Bay Lighthouses and Warrnambool Garrison, and the development of a maritime museum and village overlooking Lady Bay. The judges recognised John for his strong political lobbying over time and were impressed with his support for a recent major deaccession from the collection, which demonstrated that he was able to deal with the difficult decisions museums have to make to be sustainable and relevant.

Highly Commended: Paul Fuller (ACMI) and Michelle Stevenson (National Alpine Museum of Australia)

 

Museums Australia (Victoria) Individual Award for Excellence (Paid Staff)


Due to the outstanding quality of nominations, two Awards were given out this year:

Geoffrey Edwards
Geoffrey received the Award for his outstanding contribution in developing the significant collection at the Geelong Art Gallery over his 15 years as Director. The collection numbers over 5,500 works of art including $7 million of new acquisitions secured through ambitious fundraising programs. These new acquisitions in a range of media have enhanced the Gallery’s holdings of images of Geelong and the wider region. Geoffrey has led the management of numerous programs including conservation initiatives, improved storage facilities, an online database, a bequests program known as the Hitchcock Society, and capital works. The judges recognised Geoffrey's amazing contribution, over his career, to the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum sector.

Deborah Tout-Smith
Deborah Tout-Smith received the Award for her work on the exemplary Love & Sorrow exhibition at Melbourne Museum, and for involving people and communities. As lead Curator for Love & Sorrow, Deborah used soldiers’ diaries from Museum Victoria’s collection to make contact with descendants, collect their stories for the exhibition, and reveal the personal and generational impact of war. The judges recognised Deborah’s commitment to this project and her use of personal voices to create an exhibition that is vastly different from traditional displays memorialising war. The judges praised her for: tirelessly mobilising staff and volunteers, forming specialist advisory groups to acquire and further document the collection, and for her contribution to delivering related lectures, symposiums and public programs.

 

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Members of the Caulfield RSL Sub-Branch receive the Archival Survival Award for Small Museums from Martin Hallett (left), Senior Arts Officer, Creative Victoria.



Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums


The Phillip Island and District Historical Society
The Historical Society has received the Award for the Phillip Island and San Remo Oral History Radio Project. Working with the South Gippsland Community Radio Station 3MFM, the Phillip Island and District Historical Society produced a series of 17 talks about the area for broadcast. The Society’s Secretary, Christine Grayden, co-ordinated the project with assistance from a Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV) Local History Grant. The judges were delighted to award this beautifully conceived and delivered project. They thought it was innovative in its use of contemporary media and its collaborative engagement with people in the wider community. The judges praised the training undertaken by the volunteers, the focus on stories rather than objects, the realisation of the importance of recording intangible heritage, and the fantastic selection of topics. The judges admired the availability and promotion of the stories that made them more accessible. The project was regarded as a wonderful way to involve people in the community.

Highly commended: Kiewa Valley Historical Society

 

Archival Survival Award for Small Museums


Caulfield RSL Sub-Branch
The Caulfield RSL has received the Award for the Back to Gallipoli exhibition that opened on Anzac Day. Approximately 20,000 visitors to the exhibition were transported back to Turkey in 1915 with recreated Gallipoli trenches, 2,599 sandbags, replicated scenes using wall-mounted photographs, and simulated artillery with hundreds of props. Kevin Sheedy presided over the exhibition’s media launch and commented on 3AW, “I implore everyone to get down to Caulfield RSL and take this amazing exhibition in. You can smell it. One of the best things I’ve seen done anywhere.” The Awards judges were impressed with this timely exhibition and the huge construction effort that took place in a short space of time. They thought the nature of this exhibition was fabulous, that it was contemporary and fresh, that “it had a sense of cinema.” The dedication of the staff and volunteers involved was highly praised. The judges applauded the museum for the visitation levels to the exhibition, the huge number of schools who visited and the level of media attention it received.

Highly Commended: The Johnston Collection

 

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John Tatoulis (middle) and Penni Pappas, receiving the Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums from Hugh Brideson, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance.

 

 

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums


The Hellenic Museum

The Museum received the Award for the Gods, Myths and Mortals exhibition launched in September 2014 for display over the next 10 years. In 2013, the Hellenic Museum secured a long-term loan from the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. Over 150 artefacts from the Benaki Musuem, spanning 8,000 years of Greek history and culture, relate key moments and aspects of the Greek experience. The Gods, Myths and Mortals exhibition is divided, chronologically, into four periods in a design inspired by the labyrinth, from the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The judges recognised the ambitious and complex undertaking of the Hellenic Museum in bringing this exhibition to Melbourne. They were impressed by the quality of the loaned objects and the curatorial ambition and ingenious transformation of the interior spaces of the museum for the new displays. The judges admired the multicultural links that were developed for this exhibition that will be the foundation for future projects.

Highly Commended: Shrine of Remembrance

 

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Adrienne Leith (right) and Priscilla Gaff, Museum Victoria, receiving the Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums from Andrew Abbott, Deputy Secretary, Creative Victoria.

 

 

Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums


Museum Victoria

Museum Victoria received the Award for the Autism Friendly Museum Project, which aims to welcome and include people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at all three Museum Victoria sites: Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, and Immigration Museum. Since 2013, Museum Victoria has been working with AMAZE, the peak body for Autism Spectrum people in Victoria, and the Department of Early Childhood Development, to provide staff awareness and training, and online resources including social scripts and sensory maps. The judges were moved by this project and praised the Museum for its initiative in developing it. The judges commended Museum Victoria for working with peak bodies and state networks to achieve a very worthy outcome. "This project takes us into different territory where audiences are being thought of in a more granular way and the special needs of particular groups are now being seriously considered." The project was recognised as ground-breaking and innovative.

Highly Commended: State Library of Victoria

 

Victorian Collections Awards for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing

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Members of the Geelong RSL Sub-Branch.


This year three Victorian Collections Awards for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing were given out. These Awards acknowledge the hard work undertaken by organisations that are cataloguing their military memorabilia collections online using Victorian Collections and are judged on the number of artefacts catalogued, the quality of the records and photographs, and the depth of historical research involved. The recipients are:

 

Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing (Volunteer-Run Organisations)


Kiewa Valley Historical Society

The Kiewa Valley Historical Society was chosen as winner of the Award for the standard of their records, which was excellent, with detailed historical information and significance statements.

 

Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing (Organisations with Paid Staff)


Victoria Police Museum

The Victoria Police Museum was chosen as winner of the award for its amazing collection which includes fascinating ‘behind-the-scenes’ images and good historical information.

 

Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing (Military Memorabilia Collection)

 

Geelong RSL Sub-Branch
The Geelong RSL was chosen as winner of the award for their outstanding records in terms of their images, historical information, and significance statements.

 

Museum Accreditation Recipients

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Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, with staff and volunteers of the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History.


Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, presented certificates to museums who have completed the gold-standard Museum Accreditation Program: the Duldig Studio Museum + Sculpture Garden, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, the National Alpine Museum of Australia, and Running Rabbits Military Museum.

 

Congratulations to all Awards and Accreditation recipients, to all the Highly Commended, and to all the Nominees. The outstanding quality of the nominations received this year testifies to the extraordinary vitality of the Victorian museum and gallery sector.

> Download the 2015 Awards Media Release

For all media enquiries please contact:
Raphael Fiorese, Communications Manager, Museums Australia (Victoria)
Laura Miles, Executive Director, Museums Australia (Victoria)

  

Thank You to Our 2015 Victorian Museum Awards Sponsors


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Inaugural Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum: Provisional Program Released

Posted 14th July, 2015

We're pleased to unveil the provisional program for the inaugural edition of the Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum.

To be held on Tuesday 15 September at Melbourne Museum, the Forum will consist of a morning plenary session, three parallel sessions, and conclude with a panel discussion. Lunch will be on the Museum plaza with a selection of food trucks to choose from.

The program also includes a special lunchtime networking event for students to meet like-minded people already working in the sector, get helpful hints, and make some great contacts.

Join us afterwards for informal drinks at the Pumphouse Hotel (128 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy) to continue the conversation. First drink is on us!

Bookings are now open. Early bird rates close 21 August and registration starts at $75 for students.

> More info and provisional program


> Book your place now

MAPDA and MAGNA Winners Announced

Posted 1st June, 2015

Winners of the Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) and Museums & Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) were announced last week at the MA National Conference in Sydney. We were delighted to see Victoria so well represented. Congratulations to all Victorian winners:

MAGNAs:

  • National Wool Museum ('Reminiscence Cottage')
  • Museum Victoria (Field Guide Apps to Australian Fauna and 'WWI Love & Sorrow')
  • The Dax Centre ('Healing Ways: Art with Intent')
  • Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) (Eureka Stockade 160th Anniversary Program)
  • The Gallery @ BACC ('Grommets, Grinds & Gnarly Dudes')

MAPDAs:

  • Centre for Contemporary Photography ('The Sievers Project')
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image ('China Up Close' trailer, 'ACMI Year in Review', and ACMI Website)

For the full list of winners and highly commended, check out the MAGNA and MAPDA websites.

Announcing Two Exhibitions Curated by Roving Curator Program Participants

Posted 6th May, 2015

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We're very excited to announce the opening of two exhibitions designed and curated by recipients of MA (Vic)'s Roving Curator Program: 'Bright New Nation – Talbot’s Leading Lights', and 'They Couldn’t Get Home Quick Enough: B-24 Liberators and the Repatriation of Former POWs, 1945'.

Presented by the B-24 Memorial Liberator Fund, 'They Couldn’t Get Home Quick Enough: B-24 Liberators and the Repatriation of Former POWs, 1945' is a pop-up exhibition to be held in a historic aeroplane hangar in Werribee. The exhibition shows the compassionate role that B-24 Liberator aircraft crews played in the repatriation of POWs from Japanese camps in Southeast Asia at the end of WW2.

The event will include:

  • Display of photographs of former POWs returning to Australia on B-24 flights.
  • Personal stories from ex crew members about transporting the former POWS home; this will be the first time these stories have been presented to the public.
  • Four speakers including ex crew members and a former nurse from a hospital ship.
  • Guided tours of the B-24 Liberator plane onsite (the only one in the Southern Hemisphere), including viewing the conditions inside.

Lyn Gorman, President of the B-24 Memorial Liberator Fund, says that the exhibition was initially inspired by a comment by her father, that she read in an oral history transcript in the National Library of Australia’s archives: "I never ceased to admire the wonderful courage and moral of the POWs that we flew back after the surrender”.

Presented by the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum, 'Bright New Nation – Talbot’s Leading Lights' tells the stories of 25 Talbot locals who, inspired by the possibilities that the Federation would provide for their local community, donated funds to purchase a copy of Charles Nuttall's painting, 'The Opening of Federal Parliament 1901'. The exhibition shows the aspirations and community building activities of a country town at the turn of the century.

 “One of the new things we have done for the exhibition is to construct flexible and demountable display boards using some recycled locally available materials. We also learnt more about the diversity of the community at the time” said Marie Kau, Secretary of the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum.

The B-24 Memorial Liberator Fund and the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum received support from MA (Vic)'s Roving Curator Program for exhibition development and planing.

Image: one of the sponsors of the purchase of the Charles Nuttall's painting, Gunnar Peterson, presumed far left. Peterson opened a pharmacy in Talbot in 1901. Image courtesy of the Camperdown Historical Society.

They Couldn’t Get Home Quick Enough: B-24 Liberators and the Repatriation of Former POWs, 1945
The pop up exhibition special event will take place on 16 May, 10.30am - 12pm, Cnr Farm Road and Princes Highway, Werribee. Costs: $5 per person or $18 per family. Bookings essential as places are limited: (03) 97311263. The event is part of the National Trust Heritage Week festival, which has the theme ‘Conflict and Compassion”.

The display will be up until 31 May, open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 9.30am - 3.30pm. Entry by donation. A booklet of stories by former crew about their role repatriating POWs will be for sale.

Bright New Nation – Talbot’s Leading Lights
Opens Sunday 17 May at 2:00pm
Talbot Arts and Historical Museum
Open: Sundays: 1:00pm - 4:00pm; Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Address: 17 Camp Street, Talbot VIC 3371
Cost: $5.00 entry
Contact: 03 5463 2167 or talbotmuseum@hotmail.com

 

The Roving Curator Program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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The 2014 MA (Vic) Annual Report Is Here!

Posted 21st April, 2015

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The 2014 MA (Vic) Annual Report is now available online. Download your copy and get the full details about what our various programs have achieved this year, how we have worked with budget adjustments, who our partners and supporters are, and much more.

2014 highlights include:

  • 79 events attended by 1,905 people.
  • 18 videos on our YouTube channel generating 7,741 views in 2014.
  • 5 museums involved in the Roving Curator program and in the Victoria Then exhibition.
  • 5 issues of INSITE Magazine.
  • 92 museums participating in the peer review Museum Accreditation program (MAP).
  • 5,246 kilometers travelled by MAP Managers to visit organisations throughout Victoria.
  • Number of objects catalogued on Victorian Collections reaches 50,000+.
  • 20 Victorian Collections cataloguing workshops.
  • A new Trove/Victorian Collections partnership.

> Download the 2014 Annual Report

Nominations Open: Victorian Museum Awards 2015

Posted 20th April, 2015

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We're very excited to announce that nominations for the 2015 Victorian Museum Awards are now open.

The Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations whose commitment and passion contribute to the excellence of the Victorian museum and gallery sector.

The nomination process is simple, free and open to both members and non-members, so why not nominate? Nominations are invited in the following categories:

INDIVIDUALS

  • Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence (Volunteer)
  • Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence (Paid Staff)

Individual award winners receive a professional development pack valued at over $400.

> Guidelines and nomination forms


ORGANISATIONS

  • Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums (up to 1 EFT paid staff) – Prize: archival supplies valued at $1,000
  • Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 paid staff) – Prize: archival supplies valued at $1,000
  • Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff)
  • Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ paid staff)

> Guidelines and nomination forms

Nominations close Friday 12 June.

We look forward to reading about your projects and achievements!

Just Released: MA (Vic) Annual Program 2015

Posted 16th February, 2015

Our Annual Program for 2015 is here! Packed with professional development and networking opportunities for the Victorian museum and gallery community.

New this year will be a one-day Forum in Melbourne designed to bring together members of the sector for a day of discussion, thinking and ideas.

Other Highlights include exhibition viewings and curator talks at two of this year’s blockbusters: 'David Bowie is' (ACMI) and 'The WW1 Centenary Exhibition' (Melbourne Museum), an in-depth masterclass about copyright, Victorian Collections workshops, and much more.

> Click here to view the full program


We look forward to seeing you at one of our events.


Museums Australia (Victoria) is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Recipients Announced for the 2015 Roving Curator Program

Posted 12th January, 2015

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The Roving Curator Program supports the development of quality cultural exhibitions in Victoria. The program is administered by Museums Australia (Victoria) with funds received from Creative Victoria.

Designed to provide onsite training, advice and assistance, the Roving Curator program offers an exhibitions professional (Roving Curator) to work with a museum or gallery on an exhibition-related project.

The assessment panel recently met to select the five organisations that will receive assistance from the Program in 2015. The recipients are:

Benalla Historical Society for onsite training on exhibition development, label writing, and help with planning for a new temporary exhibition for 2016.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund for assistance with exhibition development for a pop-up exhibition about the role of the B-24 in repatriating WW2 prisoners of war.

Birchip Historical Society for facilitating display development for a new community facility.

Dromana Historical Society for assistance with exhibition development, label writing, and advice on design and production.

Knox Historical Society to help enhance interpretation in permanent and temporary exhibitions, and advice on exhibition marketing.

Congratulations to all!

 

The Roving Curator Program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Photo: Benalla Historical Society’s Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum, a successful applicant for the 2015 Roving Curator Program.

National Standards Version 1.4

Posted 5th January, 2015

The National Standards Taskforce has just released version 1.4 of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries – with updated resources and links.

Collecting organisations of all kinds are invited to use the National Standards as a practical resource.

The Standards are structured in three parts. ‘Managing the Museum’ focuses on museum management, from governance to day-to-day operations, resource management and future planning. ‘Involving People’ addresses the role of the museum in engaging and involving visitors and the wider community. ‘Developing a Significant Collection’ focuses on collection management and conservation.

The release of this latest version continues the Taskforce’s commitment to continually review the document so that it remains relevant to the needs of Australian museums and galleries.

This document is intended to be freely available to Australia’s many museums and galleries.

> Download a copy of the National Standards 1.4

Exhibition Opening: 'Victoria Then'

Posted 1st December, 2014

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Photo: Newport Workshops interior; building of an A Class Steam Locomotive, c. 1910, VPRS 112800/P1, item H1172, AHRS 11.752.


We're delighted to announce the opening of 'Victoria Then', an exhibition of displays from five Victorian Museums working with MA (Vic)'s Roving Curator Program.

The exhibition highlights some of the wonderful collections cared for by volunteer groups and regional cultural staff and provides a fascinating glimpse into Victoria's past.

Objects featured include a telescope from a nineteenth century shipwreck, the writing desk of market gardener Ah Foy, scissors used by a Princess in Wodonga in 1959, 1960s surf memorabilia, and a 1970s Victorian Railways cup and saucer.

Museums featured include Arts Space Wodonga & Wodonga Historical Society, Australian Railway Historical Society Victorian Division, Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Surfworld Museum Torquay, and Talbot Arts and Historical Museum.

Victoria Then
8 December 2014 - 5 February 2015
Arts Victoria Foyer Art Space
Level 6, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank Vic 3006
Free entry

> Download the Exhibition flyer


The Roving Curator Program is an initiative developed by MA (Vic) and funded by Arts Victoria. The Program provides small museums, galleries, archives, libraries and community groups with the support of a Curator for an exhibition-related project.

 

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Applications Now Open: Roving Curator – Exhibitions 2015

Posted 14th October, 2014

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Are you looking to create exhibitions which are engaging and dynamic? Do you need help developing new ideas and building skills in your museum or gallery? The Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program could be your answer!

The Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site assistance, as well as follow-up support. See guidelines for the types of projects and support available.

Applications for the Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program 2015 are now open and close 25 November 2014.

> Guidelines and application form


For further information or to discuss your application, please contact Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services.


The Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

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Photo: MA (Vic) On-Demand training: Buloke Shire Council volunteers preparing case layouts for the "Strong Roots, Resilient Communities" exhibition.

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