Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Bursary deadline for MGA conference EXTENDED

In response to Members' request for more time to get their bursary application together--here is the extension! You now have until the (post holidays date) of 
Friday 24 February 2017 to get your application in.

Simply download this HERE form and get it to our wonderful Secretary Belinda Cotton. 
Belinda is famed for her helpfulness (and listening skills) and is happy to talk you through the application process and benefits of attending the national MGA conference being held in Brisbane from the 14 to 17 May 2017. You can also read our original offer here.

Some conference attendance pluses to inspire your application.

Participating in the conference Regional and Remote Day on the Sunday 14 May. Your chance to network with other workers who live outside the major capital cities.

Immersing yourself in the fascinating conference theme
“Fuli Town along the River Gambia” Travels into the Inland Parts of Africa, Francis Moore, 1745. From http://www.doaks.org

The theme of this year's conference is the exploration of cultural landscapes made practical in these four strands:

Custodians of Cultural Landscapes: interpretation, preserving cultural objects, stories, knowledge and values; sustainable practices

Social Landscape: arts health and wellbeing, tourism, collaboration, activism, stimulate / encourage action for the environment, community and cultural issues

Digital Landscape: audience engagement, digitising, digital publishing, emerging technologies

Learning Landscape: engaging demographically diverse audiences; education and public programming

Enjoying QAGOMA (Brisbane's version of MONA)

One of the exhibitions on offer is Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific Works from the Collection
Evocations of light and its absence are explored through works ranging from installations of great majesty to intimate adornments for the body. 
Exploring the Queensland Museum and in particular its interactive science exhibitions.

Experiencing the connections between the Queensland museum, gallery and library and the whole Southbank scene. Of particular interest is the year along focus by the library on Digital Futures.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Bursaries on offer

The MGA (Tasmania) Committee, is offering two bursaries to Tasmanian members to attend the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2017 to be held in Brisbane from Sunday 14 – Wednesday 17 May 2017, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

The conference is a highlight in the national calendar for museum professionals bringing together current and future leaders and decision-makers in museums, galleries and governments from Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. The conference will include a full program of speakers, workshops, masterclasses, social activities and tours.

The bursaries are available to members of Museums Galleries Australia working in museums and galleries within Tasmania (unpaid and paid) and cover the full registration fee ($835). To apply follow this link to the application form. 

Send your application to:
Museums Galleries Australia (Tasmania)
Attention: Belinda Cotton, Secretary
PO Box 403

Applications close on Friday 20 January 2017.

The successful applicants will be announced on Friday 3 February 2017 and notified in writing.

Note: Recipients of the Museums Galleries Australia national bursary program are not eligible to apply. For institutional members, only one person per institution may apply for funding. Successful recipients must register for the conference. 

International speakers at the Museums Galleries Australia Conference 

Colleen Dilenschneider
Chief Market Engagement Officer of a market research firm called IMPACTS which works with leaders to ensure the relevance and financial success of their visitor-serving organizations. Colleen specializes in the deployment of engagement strategies informed by proprietary data that both identify and predict trends in the market’s behavior.

Dea Birkett
Dea is creative director of Kids in Museums, the visitor-led organisation working with museums, galleries and heritage sites to make them more welcoming of children and families – in particular those who have never visited before. Dea is passionate about advocating the importance of museums in providing experiences, opportunities and ambitions to young people. The annual Kids in Museums Manifesto is the foremost family friendly audit document in the museum and arts sector.