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Museums and the Web Conference recap

The ARLIS/ANZ ACT chapter recently enjoyed a recap of the Museums and the Web conference (held in Baltimore in April), presented by the National Portrait Gallery’s Online Manager, Gill Raymond on 9 July.

An overarching theme was the measurement of online success for museums and galleries, and making sense of the large volumes of data collected. The resourcing disparity between small and large institutions (digital teams with 64 people versus 1 person) informed the ability to experiment and fail-forward, or a more risk-averse approach. This also impacted institutional views on digital projects and presence as ongoing investments. Museums were also assessing the value of maintaining a presence on particular platforms – such as Brooklyn Museum’s transition from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons.

Presentations featured new wearable technology such as Fujitsu’s prototype tactile response tablet, which conveys texture and has potential for vision-impaired people in a museum setting. The Smithsonian discussed David Datuna’s Portrait of America which comes alive when viewers wear Google Glass, revealing videos and images – but also takes photos of the viewers themselves.

The Cleveland Museum of Art promoted the innovative Gallery One and their ArtLens app, which lets visitors discover additional information about works in the collection.

Dallas Museum of Art transformed their membership program into the free DMA Friends, which rewards interaction with points, badges and VIP experiences. This has a much greater ROI and level of engagement than the previously costed program, and the data helps the museum understand their audience. This transition to a free program was featured in the Museopunks’ economics of free podcast.

A social media flashmob, “Digital invasions” hosted a training session and was then unleashed flashmobs across galleries and museums to boost visibility and engage online audiences. The week of digital cultural revolution shared connections and insights from Germany, America, Italy, Sarajevo and Sydney.

Presentation abstracts are listed on the website.

The next conference is Museums and the Web Asia (October in Daejeon and Seoul).

The next ARLIS/ANZ ACT chapter event is a Braidwood Gallery Crawl on Saturday 26 July. For more information, please contact Events Officer Sonja at ill [at] nga [dot] gov [dot] au

 

The ARLIS/ANZ ACT chapter enjoyed a roadtrip from Canberra to Braidwood on Saturday 26 July.

The Left Hand in Exhibition with paintings by Phil Day

Our first stop was The Left Hand Gallery, showing some works from the John Pratt Retrospective which finished recently (the image above shows some paintings by Phil Day). I missed that show so I was glad to see some of the prints inspired by the body in motion (previously shown at Beaver Galleries) as well as sketch books. The Left Hand’s owner, Julian Davies, previously had a studio/gallery in Campbell, Canberra and is a writer, potter and painter. The Left Hand Gallery is about running an art gallery from the left hand point of view (non-commercial and with a focus on the artists), which also makes sense with a left-handed owner. The gallery also has books from non profit publisher Finlay Lloyd

STUR Gallery inside fYREGALLERY was selling fresh black truffles from the farm, making a rounded art experience for the senses. The current exhibition, Amy Schleif’s  A Place of Abundance, is on till 3 August and captures colours and emotion in glass window-pane structures.

Kate Stevens' studio Braidwood

Our next stop was a special tour of artist Kate Stevens’ studio. She has a beautiful work space overflowing with paintbrushes (at various life stages), paintings with icing-layers, fern fronds brushing through sash windows, lasagne-like piles of warm white Hahnemuhle paper with small watercolour pools, rickles of canvases waiting for thick coats, and a paint-stained eraser emblazoned with “Keep calm and carry on”. Kate told us about her working process and her attraction to our investment in/consumption of travel photography and how these images are shared online. Her current series has smaller works focusing on Berlin. In the background we saw her Acid Ballerina painting, which I remembered from a stop-motion video showing her painting the subject upside-down.

We visited Altenburg & Co. plus the lolly shop of course. Sated with art and sugar, we made the journey back to Canberra and hope to visit again soon.

Another version of this post was also published on Sonja’s blog.

 

The ARLIS/ANZ ACT chapter invites current members to a guided tour of the exhibition, Arthur Boyd: Agony & ecstasy at the National Gallery of Australia. The tour is on Wednesday 24 September, 12:30-1:00. This is followed by the AGM lunch in the Boardroom, 1:00-2:00.

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Arthur Boyd, The prodigal son  1948–49 (detail), from The Harkaway mural, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, gift of Arthur Boyd 1969. Reproduced with the permission of Bundanon Trust.

The tour will be led by Deborah Hart (Senior Curator, Australian Paintings and Sculpture). The exhibition’s focus is on Boyd as an intense passionate visionary capable of plumbing the depths and vicissitudes of human emotions.

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Arthur Boyd, Lucy Boyd holding Destiny the cat c.1965, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, The Arthur Boyd gift 1975

Free entry to the ticketed exhibition and tour has been arranged for ARLIS/ANZ financial members.

We welcome current ARLIS/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the Gallery's website.

Please RSVP to ARLIS/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja: ill at nga dot gov dot au by:

Monday 15 September (for the AGM) and Friday 19 September (for the tour).

 

The ARLIS/ANZ ACT chapter invites current members to a guided tour of the exhibition Arcadia: Sound of the sea at the National Portrait Gallery. The tour is on Thursday 16 October, 12:30-1:00. This is followed by a quick coffee in the cafe from 1:00-1:20. We will meet in the main foyer at 12:25.

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 The tour will be led by curator Dr Sarah Engledow and will explore the lyrical, richly-textured photographs by John Witzig, huge ink drawings by Nicholas Harding and psychedelic film footage  by Albert Falzon.

Nat Young by Albert Falzon

Image: Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon. Gelatin silver photograph, 30.3 x 40.6cm, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Gift of John Witzig 2006.

The exhibition tour has been arranged for ARLIS/ANZ financial members.

We welcome current ARLIS/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the tour (and all our other fabulous events), please register and pay prior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the Gallery’s website.

Please RSVP to ARLIS/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja by Monday 13 October.

 

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current financial* members to a guided tour of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014 at the National Archives of Australia. The tour is on Friday 7 November, 12:30-1:00. This will be followed by a quick coffee in the cafe from 1:00-1:20. We will meet in the main foyer at 12:25pm.

The tour will be led by the NAA Visitor Services team and provide an insight into nature with the winning and highly commended artworks from The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014.

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*Please note that as Arlis/ANZ will cover the cost of having NAA Visitor Services provide the tour, this will be available to current financial members only.

We welcome current Arlis/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the tour (and all our other fabulous events), please register and pay prior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the National Archives’ website.

Please RSVP to Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja by Wednesday 5 November.

 

Image credits (L-R): Heide Willis, Sacred Lotus, watercolour; Tom Moore, Sapling Spine, blown and solid glass, wood; Charmon Deen, Native Iris, watercolour on paper; Nick Mount, White nuts with black stripes: A Still Life #010514, blown glass, surface worked with Huon stem and Blackwood base.

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current members to our end of year celebrations with a tour of Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. We will meet in the main foyer (downstairs) at 2:55.

Learn about French art during a short tour with one of the Gallery curators. Afterwards we will adjourn to the Research Library Reading Room for drinks and nibbles.

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This tour has been arranged for Arlis/ANZ financial members.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the National Gallery’s website.

Please RSVP to Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja by Friday 28 November.

Image credit: Edgar Degas Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs [Mlle Bécat au Café des Ambassadeurs] 1877–78 lithograph, The Poynton Bequest 2005

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter has had a busy two years! In 2013 we started our annual tradition of artist studio visits and were lucky enough to see Caren Florance’s workspace and learn about her diverse art practice and processes. We also toured 6 exhibitions at national institutions, Megalo and Beaver Galleries. Additionally, we wove part of Canberra’s Centenary Tapestry at the ANU, tutored by the very patient Daniel Edwards.

During 2014, we transformed our studio visit ritual into a roadtrip (gallery crawl) to Braidwood, it was great fun to see lots of exhibitions there plus Kate Stevens’ enigmatic landscapes in her charming studio space. We toured 8 exhibitions at national institutions and Beaver Galleries, and enjoyed a recap of the Museums and the Web conference by Gill Raymond.

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Arlis ACT event locations 2013-2014

 

For 2015, we are planning another gallery crawl/roadtrip and exhibition tours. We’d like to diversify our events by hosting some art library professional practice seminars and to host joint events with other GLAMR industry groups.

If you’d like to attend Arlis/ANZ events in your local chapter, individual membership is only $35 per year, valid 12 months from the date of registration.

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current financial* members on a visit to the James Turrell: A retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. The visit is on Wednesday 4 February, 8:55am-10am. We shall meet at the reception desk through main entrance 8:55am.

James Turrell: A retrospective explores the artist’s work over almost 50 years, bringing together Projection pieces, built spaces, holograms, drawings, prints and photographs. It celebrates Skyspaces, viewing chambers that affect our perception of the sky, and surveys Turrell’s life work, Roden Crater, a naked eye observatory in an extinct volcano on the edge of the Painted Desert, Arizona.

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* This visit has been organised for Arlis/ANZ financial members only and will take place prior to the exhibition being opened to the public at 10am. Perceptual cell entry is not included.

We welcome current Arlis/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the exhibition visit (and all our other fabulous events), please register and pay on theArlis/ANZ siteprior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the National Gallery’s website.

Please RSVP to Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja by COB 30 January.

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James Turrell
Virtuality squared 2014
Ganzfeld: built space, LED lights
800 x 1400 x 1940.5 cm (overall)
Collection James Turrell
Image: National Gallery of Australia

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current financial* members to a guided tour of the In the flesh exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The tour is on Wednesday 4 March, 12:30pm - 1:00pm. We shall meet in the foyer area at 12:15 ready for the 12:30 tour.

The tour will be led by curator Penny Grist. In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary figurative art that explores the concept of humanness.

Small things by Sam Jinks

* Free entry to the exhibition and tour has been arranged for Arlis/ANZ financial members only.

We welcome current Arlis/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the exhibition tour (and all our other fabulous events), please register and pay on the Arlis/ANZ site prior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery’s website.

Please RSVP via our Eventbrite listing by COB Friday 27 February. If you have any difficulties in registering for your tickets on Eventbrite, please contact Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja via email: 

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Sam Jinks

Small things 2012

Ipswich Art Gallery Collection acquired through the Ipswich Art Foundation 2012

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current financial* members to a guided tour of Jenni Kemarre Martiniello’s ReInventing the Weave exhibition at the Canberra Glassworks. The tour is on Wednesday 29 April, 12:30pm - 1:30pm. We shall meet in the foyer area at 12:25 ready for the 12:30 tour.

The tour will be led by curator Kelli Cole.

‘Weaving has been a long and durable practice within Australian Indigenous Cultures. This exhibition features the sublime, hand blown woven glass sculptures of Jenni Kemarre Martiniello which are inspired by, and draw upon, the beauty of traditional woven objects while paying respect to the elegant forms of these utilitarian vessels.  The glass weave technique explores the geometry and precision of the traditional form, fusing it with the exquisite beauty of glass and light to celebrate the juncture of object and art.’

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* Entry to the exhibition and tour has been arranged for Arlis/ANZ financial members only.

We welcome current Arlis/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the exhibition tour (and all our other fabulous events), please register and pay on the Arlis/ANZ site prior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the Canberra Glassworks’ website.

Please RSVP via our Eventbrite listing by COB Thursday 23 April. Remember to save the calendar appointment once you’ve registered. If you have any difficulties in registering for your tickets on Eventbrite, please contact Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer via 

We are also arranging carpooling, please email if you need a lift or can offer lifts.

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Credit: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, photography by David Paterson

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current financial* members to a guided tour of Echoes in Time at the Belconnen Arts Centre. The tour is on Friday 22 May. We shall meet in the foyer area at 12:25 ready for the 12:30 tour.

The tour will be led by Creative Program Director, Monika McInerney with an exhibition floor talk by Artist Vivien Lightfoot.

Vivien Lightfoot’s Australian mother became one of thousands of war brides when she married her English husband in 1946, and did not return to Australia for 20 years. Stories about the artist’s relatives on both sides of her family reveal many similar journeys and separations going back several generations. In this exhibition, Lightfoot is motivated by a desire to construct links and discover echoes between her ancestors and to pay homage to their principles, their bravery and their initiative.

Echoes in Time by Vivien Lightfoot

* Entry to the exhibition and tour has been arranged for Arlis/ANZ financial members only.

We welcome current Arlis/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the exhibition tour (and all our other delightful events), please register and pay on the Arlis/ANZ website prior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the Belconnen Arts Centre’s website.

Please RSVP via our Eventbrite listing by COB Tuesday 19 May. Remember to save the calendar appointment once you’ve registered. If you have any difficulties in registering for your tickets on Eventbrite, please contact Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja

 

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Credit: Vivien Lightfoot, Echoes in Time, 2014

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current financial* members to a guided tour of All that Fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War at the National Portrait Gallery. The tour is on Tuesday 23 June.  We shall meet in the foyer area at 12:25 ready for the 12:30 tour.

The tour will be led by exhibition curator, Dr Anne Sanders.

Focussing on the wide-ranging theme of loss and absence, this exhibition provides a moving ‘portrait’ of loss during the First World War on the Australian home front. Powerful symbolic images, including contemporary works, evoke the emotional intensity of loss. All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War is the National Portrait Gallery’s contribution to the Anzac Centenary.

Crucifixion of Civilisation

* Entry to the exhibition and tour has been arranged for Arlis/ANZ financial members only.

We welcome current Arlis/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the exhibition tour (and all our other delightful events), please register and pay on the Arlis/ANZ website prior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery’s website.

Please RSVP via our Eventbrite listing by COB Friday 19 June. Remember to save the calendar appointment once you’ve registered. If you have any difficulties in registering for your tickets on Eventbrite, please contact Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja

 

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Credit: Crucifixion of Civilisation (halftone reproduction 1932) by Rayner Hoff

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter is planning an art road trip to Goulburn, for Saturday 13 June. Members from other chapters are very welcome. Last year we went to Braidwood and this year promises to be just as fun!

 

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Our draft itinerary includes:

10:10 Optional early coffee at Grit café and viewing Big Merino

10:45 Factory (weaving) tour and morning tea at The House of Alpaca

12:15 DIY lunch and activities

(we recommend 98 chairs for lunch, and The Argyle Book Emporium for total book overload, as well as local galleries and antiques stores)

2:00 Exhibition tour of Wunderkammer at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

2:40 Return to Canberra – optional side-visit to Collector

There is still time to RSVP, and carpooling is available. We’re not using eventbrite for this event, so please confirm via email to Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer, Sonja at ill [at] nga [dot] gov [dot] au

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter had a fabulous time in Goulburn on our art road trip (Saturday 13 June).

Grit cafe stools Kate

We met up at Grit Café for a quick coffee, and to confirm our itinerary and marvel at the Big Merino.

House of Alpaca Vicki

Our first destination was The House of Alpaca, we had a factory tour of their historical building and watched the weaving looms make different throw rugs, fringing and all. Their company has a herd of about 300 Alpacas just over the ridge in Wheeo, but the weaving is done at the Goulburn factory. The spinners are located in New Zealand, but the Australian industry is trying to revive the production plants, to make local yarn production possible. Along with woven Alpaca fibre products, sheepskin Rigdi Didge ugg boots are made in the factory, the dies for each foot size hang on the workshop wall like vertical footprints. There are 16 colours of Alpaca, and the coloured fibre is washed in Melbourne – there is only one place that can undertake this process as other factories cannot risk the colour contamination in their machinery.

Thistles Vicki

There were so many steps involved in processing the yarn and then doing the weaving and finishing. When the yarn reaches the factory, it is wound onto pirns (like bobbins). Hundreds of pirns are put onto the creel and then threaded to the 1972 Dornier machine (which came from New Zealand and previously made fabric for the Lord of the Rings films). As the weaving process occurs, the machine refers to a pattern on a cartridge (looks like a piano roll), so that the rugs don’t get too long! Each rug takes about 8 minutes, but this doesn’t factor in the growing/yarn process, as well as time to thread up hundreds of pirns, plus monitoring the production and fixing any breaks or jams. Fabric is brushed on a separate machine with teasel brushes, which are made from 400 dried thistles!

Morning tea at Alpaca factory Eleanor

We enjoyed a fantastic morning tea, it was a great spread with fruit, sandwiches, fairy cakes, scones, slice and more. We bought lots of alpaca products – to support local business but it’s also good weather timing for slippers and blankets! It was great to learn about the journey from “paddock to product”.

Sated with sandwiches and slice, we set off to explore the town before our next rendezvous.

Grenade at St Clair Eleanor

The St Clair Villa Museum & Archives are opposite The House of Alpaca. Eleanor was amused to see a grenade in their social history exhibition – carefully labelled as “used”! (we assumed it was no longer active) The archives are an important resource for Goulburn, as they are “…the only place you can get your house’s original plans.”

Argyle stacks Sonja

Most of the group took a short walk to The Argyle Book Emporium, which is a wondrous cavernous bookshop in the old Police station. The architecture is amazing – it even still has the old strong-doors – but it’s the volume and variety of books, records and comics that make it a must-see (plus an obvious go-to for a group of art librarians). Vicki found a beautiful orchid book and Kate had a great swag of titles.

Black ironwork on Sloane Street Kate

Vicki, Margaret and June hunted for Accolade Antiques (Auburn Street) but it was no longer there. They found Michael at the nearby Vinnies and Red Cross op shops, where there were some great finds with reasonable prices, and a whole dancing costume! Eleanor, Debbie and Megan tried to find Yarra Glen Pottery (Ada Street) but they also had no luck. Vicki, Margaret and June stopped off at Goulburn’s Antiques & Collectables (Hume Street) on the way home and bought a very nice old iron to use as a door stop.

Janette and Angie tried all the chutneys at the markets. Eleanor found the little bumper cars very enticing, but decided she was over the maximum height requirement.

Wunderkammer at GRAG Sonja

The Wunderkammer exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery was very moving, and really showed the impact of hunting as well as giving a new perspective on the traditional wunderkammer. We really enjoyed the walk-through and talk by Angela D’Elia (Curator and Exhibitions Officer), which gave us better insight and appreciation of the artist’s aims and process.

Wind farms on the way Kate

We spent the rest of the afternoon seeing the public art, the walking brochures were really helpful. There is a full suite of guides including “Art in public places”, cultural features, bike rides and roses! The pretty Visit Goulburn book can also be viewed on issuu.

It was a speedy trip home, Goulburn was really worth the visit. We hope to see the upcoming Rosalie Gascoigne exhibition (opening this Friday) at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery soon.

Thanks to Kate, Eleanor, Vicki, and Sonja for the photos.

 

The Arlis/ANZ ACT chapter invites current financial* members to a guided tour of Un-resettling (James Tylor) and The Waves + Control Rooms (Chris Bennie)at PhotoAccess.

Thursday 23 July 12:30 - we shall meet in the foyer area at 12:25 ready for the 12:30 tour.

The tour will be led by PhotoAccess Program Manager, Claire Capel-Stanley.

  • Un-resettling, by Adelaide-based artist James Tylor, an exhibition presented through the PhotoAccess Indigenous Photomedia Artists Program.
  • The Waves + Control Rooms, new work by Brisbane-based mid-career artist Chris Bennie, developed during a recent Asialink Residency at Youkobo Artspace, Japan. Exhibition programmed by PhotoAccess in partnership with Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

James Tylor Un-resettling

* Entry to the exhibitions and tour has been arranged for Arlis/ANZ financial members only.

We welcome current Arlis/ANZ members from other chapters. Institutional members are welcome to have two attendees per each institutional membership.

We would love to meet new members, so if you’d like to come to the exhibition tour (and all our other delightful events), please register and pay on the Arlis/ANZ website prior to sending your RSVP.

You can find out more about the exhibition on PhotoAccess’ website.

Please RSVP via our Eventbrite listing by COB Thursday 22 July. Remember to save the calendar appointment once you’ve registered. If you have any difficulties in registering for your tickets on Eventbrite, please contact Arlis/ANZ ACT Events Officer Sonja

Chris Bennie Control rooms 

 Photo credits:

Image: James Tylor,Un-resettling (Hunting Kangaroo)(detail), 2014, hand-coloured inkjet print on photorag paper, 50.0 x 50.0cm

Image: Chris Bennie,Control rooms, 2014, video with sound 20' 24", installation view at Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo, 2014