Archive for December, 2010

MA11 registration and Awards applications now open

MA11 conference registration is now open online here, with earlybird rates available until 25 February 2011. The website includes the conference programme, our three international keynote speakers – Annabel Westman, Alec Coles and Shane Simpson – sessions at Whakatu Marae, governance and decorative arts workshops, and Collections BarCamp, as well as the all-important social events.

Our hosts at The Suter and Nelson Provincial Museum have been telling us all about their wonderful region, where the sun shines, and the arts and culture are celebrated daily. So plan to join your friends and colleagues in Nelson, 13-16 April 2011. If you have any queries, or would prefer not to register online, just contact us.

We will be celebrating the 2011 NZ Museum Awards alongside the conference, and entries are now open.

This year, we have expanded the number of awards, and simplified the award categories to just two. The Museum Achievement Awards will include exhibitions, public programmes, research or other kinds of museum and gallery projects. The judges will recognise a range of achievements such as exhibition design, small museum project, innovation and technology.

We also invite nominations for the Individual Achievement Award for 2011.

We are delighted to have Story Inc on board again as our major sponsor, with Selecon again providing a major prize in the Museum Achievement category – a $3,000 study grant.

For more information and application forms, check out our website here.

In the run-up to the awards and MA11 conference, follow us through our website, these blog posts, Facebook and Twitter – stay connected!

We look forward to sharing the great work you do with colleagues and promoting it to the public, so make sure you enter by 24 February 2011.

And we also wish you a happy and relaxing holiday season.

Naku noa, na

Phillipa and Sophie

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News Update 22 December 2010

Kia ora

Check out the latest batch of museum news, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view).

This is an action-packed last round-up for 2010. The notices include:

  • MA11 conference registration
  • 2011 NZ Museum Awards applications
  • Attingham Summer School 2011
  • National Visitor Research project (February 2011)

All these are activities which happen early in the new year, and have deadlines, so please note them for your January ‘to do’ list!

The news includes items about some wonderful exhibitions and public programmes in museums and galleries around the country, so it’s going to be a busy summer. One that has captured media attention is Outrageous Fortune at Auckland Museum (details here). Coinciding nicely with the end of the long-running series, the exhibition promises lots of fun and through the exhibition, the show will live on, with the public invited to submit scripts to be filmed in the exhibition’s set. It is also an opportunity to consider why this particular TV show captured the attention of the nation so successfully.

Which reminds me that it also coincides with 50 years of Coronation Street. Kim Hill interviewed Sean Egan, writer of an unofficial history of ‘the street’ on 11 December, exploring some of the reasons why the series has survived so long, and remains popular in so many cultures outside of its setting in the north of England. You can listen to the interview online here. I recommend the Radio NZ website for a wide range of replayable material – great for putting onto an iPod or media player for listening on those long holiday car journeys, or while relaxing in the garden.

Other news covers the roll out of Creative NZ’s Arts Leadership Investment funding, which replaces the ‘recurrent’ scheme. So far 22 organisations have been confirmed, including Objectspace, The Physics Room and Capital E’s National Theatre for Children, and another 10 asked to provide more detailed information over the next few months. Seven other organisations that expressed interest have missed out, and are instead being directed towards another of CNZ’s new schemes, Arts Development Investment. Some newspapers have covered the story, and full details are on the CNZ website here.

Annual report ‘season’ is nearly complete for the larger museums and related organisations such as Historic Places Trust and MCH, and many of these are available online. They make interesting reading if you want to know where our money comes from/goes to and why. There is plenty of other ‘holiday reading’ online, such as:

  • Minister’s Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce report, Growing the pie released 17 December. As well as improving general promotion and recognition, recommendations include: developing a new mentoring and advice initiative; introducing ‘gift aid’; exploring cultural gifting; and matched government funding for private giving.
  • We already mentioned CNZ’s October research report, The art of the possible, on options for strengthening private sector support for the arts.
  • Shane Simpson’s book on Collections Law, covers a wide range of areas such as governance, collection management, acquisitions, deaccessioning and disposal, digitisation, import/export and repatriation, exhibitions and loans, copyright and commercial. Shane will be speaking at MA11 and this nearly completed resource makes great background.

The Board and staff of Museums Aotearoa wish all our members, friends and colleagues an enjoyable summer, and look forward to a happy and productive new year.

We’re closing the Museums Aotearoa office from Friday 24 December, and will re-open on Monday 10 January 2011.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te tau hou,

Phillipa and Sophie


MA11 conference registration

Is opening tomorrow! Look out for our announcement email launching the new website, with programme and registration information on the conference (13-15 April), keynote speakers, workshops, social events and collections BarCamp (16 April).


2011 NZ Museum Awards applications

Also opening officially tomorrow! We’ve simplified the application process and added more awards, including a ‘small museum’ category, and we’re planning a great celebration event in Nelson on 14 April. We will send out further details tomorrow, including links to download the application forms. Applications are due on 24 February 2011, so think about all those great projects and individuals you could enter from your museum or gallery.


Attingham Summer School 2011

Expressions of interest are now invited for the July 2011 Attingham Summer School. This year, The Clark Collection / Creative NZ Scholarship is not being offered. However, to ensure the continuation of this valuable opportunity, support is available through the generosity of Mr Clark for an approved candidate to attend the Attingham Summer School. Full details are on our website, here.


National Visitor Research project (February 2011)

Early in 2010 we undertook a pilot visitor research project with Victoria University of Wellington and 12 museums and galleries from around the country. The pilot was reported at the MA10 conference, and further work has now been completed to develop the methodology, survey and guidelines into a national project. Early in 2011, museums will be invited to participate in this important work to gather and benchmark visitor information nationally.


 

 

 

News Update

It seems that museums just can’t stay out of the news! While some of it is not so flattering, there is plenty of robust debate and some very positive media coverage over the last fortnight, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view).

The debate over a ‘national art gallery’ has been reopened with comments from new Chair of the Te Papa Board, Sir Wira Gardiner, supported by fellow Board member and long-time advocate for a separate art gallery, Chris Parkin. Journalists have had a field day sourcing comments on all sides of the debate from Hamish Keith, Luit Beiringa, Jenny Gibbs, Jenny Harper, Cam McCracken, Roger Blackley, Denis Adam, Rosemary McLeod, Mike Houlihan, Chris Finlayson, and even John Key. While most agree that the way the national art collection is displayed in Te Papa is not ideal, there is a wide range of opinions on the best way to address this. It is good to see informed discussion about matters which affect us all.

Other good news is the rise in discussion – and action – on philanthropy. Creative NZ has released a report on strengthening private sector support for the arts, The art of the possible, downloadable from their website here, and we expect the Minister’s Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce to report back early in the new year. The value of the removal of the cap on tax rebates for donations to charities was reinforced by last week’s announcement of a $500,000 donation to the Arts Foundation by retiring trustee Sir Eion Edgar.

We explored some of these initiatives in ‘Policy Matters!’ in the Museums Aotearoa Quarterly posted to members last week. Other articles report on conferences, Museums Aotearoa activities, profile museums and services, and a ‘favourite thing’ from Wellington City Archives. You can download the Museums Aotearoa Quarterly from the members’ area of our website.

International news shows that others are dealing with similar challenges. In Australia there has been an important legal decision overturning the Australian Tax Office contention that groups lobbying against government policy were not eligible for charity status – providing their campaigning is intended for public benefit, see here

In the UK the government funding cuts and their fallout continue. There has been further uproar over proposed deaccessioning to bail out struggling regional museums and galleries. The suggestion by TV art critic Brian Sewell that galleries should sell collection items was hotly denounced by the UK Museums Association. As the MA’s Maurice Davies said, “It is a bit like selling your house to pay for the hire purchase on your sofa.”

There is also much debate over how the Arts Council England will take on the functions of the Museums Libraries Archives Council (MLA) and its flagship Renaissance programme when the MLA is disbanded. The UK Museums Association has up to date news, and a cuts monitor here and there is an active twitter hashtag (#museumcuts) with people contributing feedback. If you’re on twitter, remember to follow us @museumsaotearoa

Many NZ museums and galleries will have been among the 483 applications for the NZ2011 Festival Lottery Fund seeking a total of over $76.8 million for 570 proposed events/activities, when the fund had only $9.48 available for distribution. Museums Aotearoa was advised last week that we are one of the 318 unsuccessful applications – hopefully some other museum projects will be among the lucky 165 applications supported.

Our next installment of News & Notices in a fortnight’s time will be the last for 2010. December is rushing past, and before the summer break we hope to open online registration for MA11, and have the 2011 edition of the Directory of New Zealand Museums & Galleries at the printer, if not back again. We are also finalising slight revisions to the Awards programme for next year and will be advising you about how to enter.

So we wish you good cheer as we roll on through a busy few weeks.

Ka kite,

Phillipa and Sophie


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