Thursday, 27 September 2018

Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract to be part of the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2019 program. 

The conference will be held in Alice Springs from 13 to 17 May at two fantastic venues, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Alice Springs Convention Centre. 
The call for abstracts will close on Monday 15 October 2018.
This year, we have designed this conference with curated plenary and parallel sessions, and a mixture of invited plenary speakers, presentations by members, and outstanding keynote speakers.
There has also been an increase in lightning sessions, as they provide more presentation opportunities, improved energy and variety, and a chance to showcase innovative aspects of projects.
The theme for MGA2019 is At the Centre: Our People, Our Places, Our Practices which will investigate how museums and galleries are situated at the very centre of national conversations about identity, communities and relevance, our diverse public, and the way we are deeply implicated in both a local and national understanding of Australia’s past, present and shared future.
Click here to download the abstract submission requirements. 
Suggested formats:
a. Poster (in catering breaks)
b. Lightning talk (8 mins)
c. Presentation / Paper (20 mins + questions)
d. Panel / Debate (45 mins)
e. Curated session (90 mins)
f. Workshop
g. Other
Please note all submissions may be considered for both the Regional, Remote and Community Day (RR&C Day) program and the main conference program. 

Webinar: How to write a conference proposal


Need help with writing your first conference abstract? Want to polish up your skills?

The MGA2019 call for abstracts are open and MGA is hosting a “How to write a conference proposal” webinar at 10am on Friday 28 September with speakers @misskokolib and @lyndakelly61.

For all enquiries regarding the webinar, please contact the Museums Galleries Australia National Office, or Lucinda Davison, National Professional Development Coordinator.

For more information on the call for abstracts, please visit

Call for Abstracts: AICCM PSIG-SCC ‘Managing Risks to Collections’ Conference


The conference will be held in Melbourne from 18th - 20th February, 2019. 

Abstracts are due on Friday 2nd November, 2018.

The AICCM Preventive SIG (PSIG) and AICCM Sustainable Collections Committee (SCC) in partnership with the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 3 day symposium focusing on managing risks to collections. Using the Ten Agents of Deterioration as an orienting framework across the twelve sessions, the symposium will explore leading practice in sustainable preventive conservation and risk management tools to prioritise collection care in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific.

The program will bring together an inter-disciplinary mix of scientists, conservators, collection managers, engineers and cultural heritage academics to present technical papers, case studies and theoretical reviews on such areas as museum lighting, pest management, disaster preparedness and environmental guidelines. Particular focus will be given to exploring the theme of dissociation beyond the practical and technical to incorporate loss of personal, social and cultural narratives.

It will incorporate a range of presentation formats including papers, posters, lightning talks and panel discussions. The organising committee now welcomes abstracts of 300 words for papers, lightning talks and posters:

        Paper presentations should be tailored to 20 minutes in length.
        Lightning talks should be tailored to no more than 5 minutes in length with an abstract for publishing.
        Posters will be hard copy and pdf format with abstracts published.

To submit your abstract or for more information about the conference, please refer to the AICCM website. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The Tasmanian Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register--Apply now

Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania draw their assessment panels from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register. They are seeking expressions of interest from people engaged within the arts, cultural heritage and screen sectors to join the register now.
It is important to all artists that a broad range of views (from people from different artforms, level of practice, locations and cultural backgrounds) are represented on their assessment processes.

People who are approved for inclusion on the register and invited to participate in assessment receive payment for their time. They are not excluded from applying to Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania programs.

What is the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register?
New legislation was introduced in 2017 changing the way Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania assess funding applications. Assessment panels will now be drawn from the Cultural Creative Industries Expert Register. Screen Tasmania will also convene a standing panel from the register called the Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group.

Who can be on the register?
People working or engaged within the arts and screen sectors are encouraged to put forward an expression of interest. We are seeking a broad range of candidates in terms of art form area, age, cultural background and career stage from artists, practitioners, administrators and other sector professionals.

How do I apply?
Fill out an expression of interest form. Once assessed, the Minister for the Arts will appoint successful applicants to the register. You will be notified by email if your expression of interest has been approved.

What would I need to do?
Experts included on the register may be invited to join a panel to assess applications in support of Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania programs.  The successful applicants invited to participate in assessment may be asked to:
  • attend meetings at our offices in Hobart or Launceston
  • participate in phone or video conferences
  • access and use the online assessment system
  • review electronic documents.
There is no obligation to take part in assessments if invited.

Step up and have a go. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Grant Programs for small museums--apply now

The Friends of the Launceston Mechanics' Institute Inc.
received a Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection grant
for a display cabinet. Photograph: Peter Richardson via Arts Tasmania
The Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Grant Program offers help to museums, galleries and collections wanting to buy items for preserving or displaying objects.
You can apply for up to $1 000, or up to $2 000 with matched funding.
This grant is offered through the generosity of Ms Lynne Stacpoole, who has donated funds to Arts Tasmania to support the cultural heritage sector.
To apply for this grant you need to speak to a Roving Curator. You can email them, or call on 03 6165 6666. 
Applications close 1 October 2018

Other grants 

Help from The Arts Tasmania Roving Curator Program

The Roving Curator program gives museums, galleries and collections access to our museum professionals for up to 25 days.

Opens: 3 September 2018
Closes: 15 October 2018

See here for more details

Cultural Heritage Program
The Cultural Heritage Program supports museums, galleries and collections to deliver a range of high quality cultural heritage activities that strengthen Tasmania's robust, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage sector, engage and inspire audiences and the wider community, and preserve Tasmania's movable cultural heritage.

Opens: 3 September 2018
Closes: 15 October 2018

See here for more details

From Arts Tasmania Cultural Heritage News

Survey to develop Digital Access Plan

Making our collections interconnected
Every gallery, library, archive, museum and historical society in Tasmania is invited to provide information on its collection, and on the accessibility of Tasmania’s cultural collections. Even if your collection doesn't have an online presence  your information will still assist the research.

You are invited to take the survey

GLAM Peak is collecting information on all collections in Tasmania to develop a Digital Access Plan for museums and collections in Tasmania.

GLAM Peak is Australia’s peak representative body of the galleries, libraries, archives, historical societies and museums sectors. Its primary aim right now is to establish a shared vision and approach to digital access to Australia’s cultural collections through the development of a national framework.

To progress this, Tasmania is one of the first jurisdictions tasked with developing a Digital Access Plan. This work will be used as a pilot for other states and territories, and will help inform development of the national framework. By completing this survey you will help GLAM Peak gain greater understanding of the key issues they need to address together through Tasmania’s Digital Access Plan.

For more information please call Ross Latham on  03 6165 5579 or email
For more information about GLAM Peak please go to:

Survey closes 26 September 2018