Friday, 25 March 2016

National Artist or Curator Residency (ACR) Program 2017 - Applications Open

Image: Ngurini, Jessie Boylan collaboration with Linda Dement and Nuclear Futures, The Block QUT, 2015, Immersive 360° video installation. 
Jessie Boylan and Linda Dement were supported through a 2016 ACR grant to undertake a residency at Burrinja Gallery, Vic.

The ACR program offers the opportunity for regional galleries nationally to engage artists or curators to undertake a residency activity. The Artist or Curator Residency program is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and is managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW. The program is designed to provide artists or curators with the time and space to research, create and/or develop new work. By providing this financial assistance the ACR program aims to support the generation of, and public engagement with, innovative and adventurous contemporary art in regional Australia. To be successful, applicants will need to demonstrate a tangible benefit to the artist or curator’s work. In return, the resident is expected to contribute generally to the host gallery’s education and public program activities.

Key dates

Amount available: 5 residencies of $11,250 each
Opening date: Tuesday 22 March 2016
Closing date: Monday 5 September 2016, 5.00pm

Key documents

Some 2016 program recipients

  • Burrinja Gallery, Vic, for artists Jessie Boylan and Linda Dement to undertake a residency at the gallery developing new work for the touring exhibition Black Mist, Burnt Country.
  • Mildura Arts Centre Regional Gallery, Vic, for curator Sven Mehzoud to undertake a residency to design, curate and implement an exhibition and related public programs. 
  • The Barn, Tas, for curator Jane Deeth to research an exhibition during her residency looking at 'decoding' contemporary art for local audiences.

Need more information? 

Email the Gallery Program and Touring Exhibitions Manager: 
Previous Artist or Curator Residency recipients and case studies:


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Disaster! Be prepared WORKSHOP

Photo by Anita K. McNeece. Courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Laboratory of Anthropology

Major natural disasters are a significant threat to collections. Over the last few years Australian has experienced floods, fires, and cyclones that have devastated communities throughout our states and affected the heritage held within institutions as well as those in the private sector, family memorabilia amongst them.  Is your museum prepared?

Disaster Preparedness Workshop

This workshop led by Kim Morris aims to provide theoretical training and hands-on experience in collection disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Participants will gain knowledge and experience in all aspects of collection disaster planning and response and be able to participate effectively, efficiently and confidently in future disaster planning activities and incident responses. 

Kim Morris is known to Tassie museums having previously delivered successful workshops to our sector

Venue and Date

When:    Thursday, 21 April 2016             9:15 am - 5:00 pm
       Friday, 22 April, 2016               9:15 am - 4:30 pm
Where:   Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
             – Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road, Launceston

To Register

Cost   (2 day Workshop)
$75 Museums Australia (Tasmania) members
$150 others

Registration is due by Wednesday, 13 April 2016
By phone:    03 6165 6666
By post:       Arts Tasmania, 146 Elizabeth Street Hobart TAS 7000

There is a maximum of 20 participants for the workshop. Register now.


Day 1:
 9:30 am - 10:30 am         Disaster preparedness
10:30 am - 10:45 am         Morning tea
10:45 am - 11:45 am         Disaster prevention
11:45 am - 12:30 pm         Prioritisation exercise
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm          Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Disaster response
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Disaster recovery
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon tea
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Tutorial room scenario session: including scenarios of small, medium and large scale disasters.

Day 2:
9:15 am - 10:30 am The disaster recovery team
10:30 am - 3:30 pm Hands-on disaster scenario: participants will deal with a simulated disaster involving the recovery and treatment of water damaged collection material. This scenario can focus on recovery teamwork, management, prioritisation, material treatments, etc. as required.
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  Disaster debrief session and discussion
For Day 2, participants need to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can get wet and dirty during the scenario exercise.
Morning/afternoon tea will be provided. BYO lunch.

Kim Morris

Kim has been a practicing conservation professional in the field of Cultural Conservation and Preservation since 1982. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in the Conservation of Cultural Material from the University of Canberra (formerly the Canberra College of Advanced Education). Kim is a specialist paper conservator who also has extensive experience in the treatment and restoration of textiles, paintings and objects. He has worked in and managed the preservation laboratories of the Australian War Memorial and the National Library of Australia. During his work with these large and varied collections he developed many strategies to enable greater preservation focus for collections and those who work with them.

In 2000 Kim became director of Art & Archival Pty Ltd, a busy private conservation consultancy specialising in a full range of materials conservation, collection preservation, exhibition preparation, training, and collection disaster planning, response and recovery.  In 2006 Kim was awarded the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) 'Conservator of the Year Award', in recognition of his contribution to the conservation profession. Art & Archival Pty Ltd and Kim Morris are members of the AICCM.

The Making Museums Work: Disaster Preparedness Workshop is delivered by Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curators in association with Museums Australia (Tasmania).