Thursday, 28 January 2016

'Bursaries or Bust …can the money be better spent?' MAT Event

Anne Morrison, Maelstrom, 2015, Acrylic on linen, Courtesy the artist & Despard Gallery

'Bursaries or Bust …can the money be better spent?'

This FREE event is the first in MAT's 2016 Program of Professional Development and we are hoping you will bring along your ideas for an evening of discussion and camaraderie. 

When: Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 4pm
Where:  Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, 145-151 Rooke St, Devonport
followed by exhibition viewing at Devonport Regional Gallery

RSVP: Essential by Monday 8 February 2016
T 03 6323 3719

Hear wonderful panelists 
Invaluable local arts workers discuss best ways to support fellow workers and then participate in a lively Q+A session
 Dr Ellie Ray, Director, Devonport Regional Gallery
 Wendy Morrow, Professional Development Officer, Arts Tasmania
 Belinda Cotton, Program Committee MA16 National Conference

Let's talk about
Ways to grow MAT membership to better represent your interests.
The professional development programs to be offered.
The amount of socializing in the program mix.

The official announcement of the 2016 MAT & Art Tasmania Bursary recipients.


Handy downloads

About the speakers

Wendy Morrow
From Sawtooth. Photo by Mel De Ruyter 

Wendy’s life has been in the arts. She has tertiary qualifications in Dance (Australian Ballet School) and Visual Arts (Sculpture) and has performed and taught overseas and with most professional dance companies and tertiary arts institutions around Australia. A recipient of an Australia Council Dance Fellowship in 2004 she continues to create solo and collaborative interdisciplinary work. Wendy has been the Professional Development Officer for Arts Tasmania since 2008.

Dr Ellie Ray
From The Advocate
'A gallery of warmth and intimacy'

Currently Director at Devonport Regional Gallery she previously worked part-time in a commercial gallery 12 years before she attended the School of Art University of Tasmania achieving First Class Honours.  Later she gained her Doctorate in Fine Arts, (Printmaking and Photography).  She has been a nurse and worked in amateur theatre and later professional theatre companies, where she designed and built stage sets. Curator of the Anne Morrison exhibition.

Belinda Cotton
From The Mercury 'Planetarium
to shine a light'
Science Week

Belinda is Public Programs Coordinator at the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston. Previously at the National Gallery of Australia ; Deputy Director of the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale New South Wales (1990-99) and also Sotheby’s in London.  An associate member of the Australasian Registrars Committee,  BJ is also very active in Museums Australia  being a MAT Committee Member and on the Programming Committee for the 2016 Conference in New Zealand.  

Artist Anne Morrison
Born in Scotland in 1966, studying at the Glasgow School of Art, the Royal College of Art, and then the University of Tasmania, Morrison’s practice is one informed and enriched by travel, by exposure to foreign landscapes, ancient cultures, – the result is a sensitive and nuanced approach to painting – and the processes and metaphors that evoke the intimate connection between body and land. Morrison challenges preconceptions of how we see, experience and know the world, allowing us the opportunity to navigate and explore that binding connection through her work.  Anne now lives in Forth, Tasmania. She is represented in Australia by Despard Gallery, Hobart.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Don't miss out on a bursary

Please email applications to to get there by Friday 29 January 2016

Post the signed hard copy to:
Museums Australia (Tasmania)
Attention: Merilyn Heritage
PO Box 403

Remember there are two available to Museums Australia Members and two via Arts Tasmania for cultural workers.

For details on how to apply and the application form, click on the link below.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Bursaries for Museums Australasia Joint Conference 2016 in Auckland CLOSING SOON

Ato Teu (Decorative Bag), Fakaofo, Tokelau. Purchased Auckland Museum 1970 AM 43814.
Woven using the new shoots of the coconut leaves  usually used by women as a handbag,
or presented by them as gifts to visitors.

PACK THOSE BAGS: it's going to be an exciting conference

The Tasmanian Branch of Museums Australia is offering not just two bursaries but FOUR $2000 bursaries for people to attend the Museums Australasia Joint Conference in May 2016. The bursaries are available to people working in museums and galleries within Tasmania (unpaid and paid).

Two of the bursaries are supported by Museums Australia, and are only available to financial members of that organisation (see previous blog post). For institutional members, only one person per institution may apply for funding, but individual financial members working within those institutions may apply in their own right.

The other two bursaries are supported by the Minister for the Arts through Arts Tasmania. They are open to all Tasmanian museum and gallery workers (limited to one application per museum, gallery or institution).

For details on how to apply and application forms, click on the links below.

Applications close Friday, 29 January 2016.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Job opportunity in Ulverstone: Applications close soon


Applications close at 12 noon on Friday, 22 January 2016.

The Central Coast Council is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated individual on a part time basis (18 hours per fortnight) to coordinate and produce exhibitions for the Ulverstone History Museum.
Essential: Relevant experience and demonstrated  ability in administrative duties with skills sufficient to coordinate museum exhibitions and volunteers.
Salary and conditions: Central Coast Council’s Enterprise Agreement – Administrative/Clerical.
A Position Description and Application Form are available from the Council’s website or at the Council’s Administration Centre. Click here for the PD
For how to apply go here. Applications must be on the prescribed form, address the selection criteria in the Position Description and addressed to:


Sarah Swyer
Human Resource Systems Officer
Central Coast Council
PO Box 220

For any enquiries please phone (03) 6429 8956.
Applications close at 12 noon on Friday, 22 January 2016. 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

MAT sponsorship report from AICCM

 Banner used on the AICCM website and Facebook advertising conference before and during

Sponsoring contemporary practice in materials conservation

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) is an active and vibrant professional community of Conservators dedicated to the preservation of Australia's cultural heritage.  Late last year (2015) the AICCM Tasmanian Division hosted the biennial AICCM National Conference in Hobart with the theme Illuminating the new: contemporary practice and issues in materials conservation, which was chosen to reflect the UNESCO International Year of Light. AICCM was very grateful to receive sponsorship from Museums Australia Tasmania.  This generous support, along with funding from other organisations contributed to the running of the conference which was an enormous success. It drew participants from Australia, New Zealand, America and Asia. For a full conference report see here.

Registration Desk - left to right -
Nikki King Smith (Tasmanian Division Treasurer), Amy Bartlett (Tasmanian Division President),
Stephanie McDonald (Tasmanian Division Secretary)

Prior to 2015, the last time the conference had been held in Tasmania was 1990. A lot has changed since then and delegates were able to enjoy attractions such as the Museum of Old and New Art in addition to the conference. A welcome reception was hosted by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery where Director Janet Carding spoke about the collection while emphasising the importance of the conservation profession within a cultural institution. She described the Conservator as the enabler - those with the authority to make the inaccessible available for exhibit or research. 

Tasmanian Member Mar Gomez Lobon presenting
Throughout the conference, presentations were divided into a number of themes with digital technologies and new media being a focus. Keynote speaker Professor Sarah Kenderdine, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales and Director of the iGLAM Lab (Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) spoke about various types of interactive exhibitions that highlight cultural materials and provide access to closed historical sites, rare collections and fragile items. She spoke on the importance of the Conservator's role regarding documentation and conference delegates were captivated by her presentation.  

Contemporary conservation issues such as dealing with electrical components and time-based media, along with the use of new technologies such as 3D printing for conservation treatments were presented. Changing approaches to treatments, the maintenance of displays, risk management and broadening environmental parameters were communicated in addition to speciality sessions for objects, paper and paintings. These included taxidermy, sculptures, plastics, textiles, posters, painted photographs, paintings and gilded surfaces to name a few.

Field trips took place on the second day of the conference with site visits to the Shene Estate and Mawson's Hut Replica Museum. A group also went on a guided, scenic tour of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington. In addition, a number of AICCM Special Interest Groups used the conference as an opportunity to catch up. The Book Paper Group, Photon (photographic materials), Conservation Framing, Conservation Science, Electron (digital and audio-visual), Exhibitions' Objects, Paintings and Preventive Conservation all met to discuss future projects and symposiums.

I would like to thank Museums Australia Tasmania for their sponsorship. Overall, AICCM has received very positive feedback about the conference and it had the largest attendance rate for many years with 150 delegates including students. Not only was it a fantastic learning opportunity for all involved, but it provided a wonderful chance for networking and to promote Tasmanian arts internationally.

Amy Bartlett
President, AICCM Tasmanian Division
Senior Conservator, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Modular display panels for sale

Image from

LINC Tasmania is currently hosting a travelling exhibition (Scottish Diaspora Tapestries, featuring  305 embroidered tapestries telling tales of Scottish experiences) at its Reading Room at 91 Murray Street. So worth the visit!

Once the season finishes on 23 January 2016 the local exhibition coordinator (Dr Neil McGlashan) will have no further need for the impressive set of modular display panels that were crafted to display many of the tapestries. He would like to see the panels go to a good home and will sell them as a set or in segments. Open to offers!

There are two sizes:

·        approx. 115cm (width) x 180cm (Height) of which there are 9 panels
·        approx. 230cm (width) x 180cm (Height) of which there are 10 panels

Each panel is constructed of lightweight timber, painted white and have footings.  They can be configured many ways.

Neil can be contacted on 03 6229 6272 or

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Opportunity knocks: MA Conference 2016 bursary


Bursaries for the 2016 Museums Australasia Joint Conference

Museums Australia Tasmania is pleased to offer two bursaries for the National Museums Australasia Conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand. There are two bursaries valued at a generous $2000 each.

Applications due: 29 January 2016 
Announcement of recipients: 10 February 2016

These bursaries should cover all costs to attend a conference that is bound to be culturally fascinating and content stimulating. 

Available to MAT Members only. Join here

Here is the Conference website

Here is the Bursary Application form

See you in Auckland!