It may be cold outside, but there’s plenty happening in our museums and galleries this winter. Now that the school holidays are here, there are some great family and children’s programmes on offer around the country. Indoor activities in museums and galleries are a great way to enthuse youngsters and help caregivers combat winter ‘cabin fever’. Talei is on leave with her small boys and I hope that you’re all enjoying the break from routine.
While there may not be much snow down south for the skiers, there is plenty happening in Dunedin over the school holidays. Art, science and technology are being brought together to explore climate change in a collaboration between the US State Department and Dunedin’s International Science Festival. Two US artist/designers are working for a month with local communities, and the results of their project will be shown at Otago Museum.
During Leadership Week (1-8 July), the 2016 Blake Medalist (Sir Peter Gluckman) and Blake Leaders were announced at Auckland Museum, and the Sir Peter Blake Trust teamed up with Fulbright NZ to host an inspiring lineup of speakers to explore ‘Creating Enduring Leadership’ in Wellington. Check out the Fulbright’s video and #believeyoucan on Twitter to share some of their gems, eg MC Brad Jackson, ‘leadership is about asking questions, not dictating answers’.
Small museums can also take on big subjects, such as Aotea Utanganui in Patea looking at the history and future of transport in Crossing the Centreline. Further north, Mangawhai Museum has a new exhibition about local artist and farmer John Foster, and These are just two of the many museum and gallery stories that have come to us recently – if you’re out and about over the holidays, look up your colleagues in museums and galleries.
Whanganui Regional Museum is embarking on a ‘transformation’. Director Frank Stark says that, “the upcoming Whakahoutanga project is designed to rejuvenate the Museum’s buildings and their contents with a combination of earthquake strengthening, reconstruction and refurbishment’. The museum building will be closed for about 18 months from 5 September 2016, with LEOTC programmes and admin being run from temporary premises.
Looking forward for MA, we’re working on our revised strategic plan, MA17 conference in Palmerston North, and regional meetings August – October 2016. This year we will focus on advocacy and collaboration, and are seeking your input to make them relevant and fun. If your museum or gallery would like to host, or you have ideas for topics, please contact us.