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.


 

 

 

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