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News Update 11 August 2011

Southland Museum and Art Gallery has attracted much comment after a letter to the Editor of the Southland Times calling an exhibition of Ralph Hotere drawings ‘trash’ and ‘not appropriate for young adults’.  It’s good to see people taking an interest in their local museums and galleries, and that the letter drew extremely supportive responses from other readers!  You can read these and other news stories in the members’ area of our website here (you need to be an MA member to log in).

Activity around the country
Around the country everyone is gearing up for – or hiding away from – that sporting event which will overtake us from 9 September.  Museums and galleries have been making special efforts to put on great shows such as the inspiring and wide-ranging 2-part exhibition exploring currents of art throughout the Pacific, Oceania at Te Papa and City Gallery Wellington.  And there is a flurry of activity as opening dates loom for Auckland Art Gallery, Rotorua Museum, the relocated Whangarei Art Museum, and the NZ Rugby Museum in its new home at the redeveloped Te Manawa.

You can check out these and all the other cultural activities being promoted to our rugby visitors as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival.

Mix and Mash is here again – Digital NZ has opened a competition with $40,000 in cash and prizes for the best mashup and remix of NZ content and data. There is online information and tutorials, and you are encouraged to take part in the discussions. There was also an actual launch event in Auckland on 4 August.  The competition is open until 15 September, with winners to be annouced on 3 October.  Visit the Digital NZ mixandmash website for details.

People in the news
We all know that museum and gallery people are interesting, although we don’t always know about the things that our colleagues do outside of work time. One such person is Jennie McCormick, customer services officer at Te Tuhi. Jennie’s alter ego is an amateur astronomer, and was the subject of Radio NZ’s Spectrum documentary last week, which you can listen to here.

Also on the radio was Tina Barton, Director of the Adam Art Gallery, talking about their current show Behind Closed Doors, which brings artworks from private collectors’ homes into the gallery. You can listen to Tina on The Arts on Sunday, 31 July.  Other recent Radio NZ interviews have been with Scott Pothan (Whangarei Art Museum), Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery) and Bill Macnaught (National Library, ex-Puke Ariki).

Diversity in focus
And a reminder about the museums and galleries session which is part of the Diversity Forum in Hamilton on 22 August.  This is a great opportunity to spend some time focussing on professional practice with interested colleagues.  You can download the flyer and registration information here.  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa

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News Update 9 May 2011

It’s May already, with Christchurch still shaking and crazy weather around the country. In mid-April in Nelson, the sun shone for 2 out of our 3 conference days, and we had a great time – thanks to all who were there and all who helped. We presented the Annual Report at the AGM, and this will be posted to members later this month with the next issue of MAQuarterly.

MA11 conference links

There are some photos in our previous post, and more on Facebook, and we will add presentations to our website as they become available.

Shane Simpson spoke about deaccessioning and collections ethics. His almost completed online publication Collections Law has just been relaunched on a new website, and is highly recommended. It focuses on the subject of the business and law of public collecting organisations in Australia, and is certainly relevant to NZ as well. The Powerhouse Museum has supported the publication, and hopes it will be a useful reference guide for public museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Australia. Recently added chapters include; Philanthropy, Reproduction of Useful Things and Protection of collections during times of armed conflict.

And following the ethics theme, we discussed the very topical case of artefacts of NZ origin, which were in the collection of the British Commonwealth and Empire Museum in Bristol, which had appeared for sale through a London dealer. Some news items are in our roundup in our members’ site, and the UK Museums Journal reported the dismissal of the BCEM Director here. The NZ Listener covered it in the issue dated 16 April, but the article is not online yet. A timely case when the AGM endorsed the establishment of an Ethics Committee for MA.

2011 New Zealand Museum Awards

Congratulations again to all who made it through as finalists in this year’s Awards – and especially to the winners. We have compiled the press clippings into a separate edition here for our members, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Beloved was featured on local television here

Museum appointments

While we were in Nelson it was announced that Roy Clare, currently Chief Executive of the MLA in the UK, is to be the next Director of Auckland Museum, starting in August. His appointment is covered in the UK Museums Journal here, and in an interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio here. And last week Bill Macnaught, former Manager of Puke Ariki and MA Board member, took up his new position as National Librarian. On the negative side, Karen Williams (Taupo Museum) and Brian Patrick (Central Stories) have both had their roles disestablished in council cuts.

There has been good coverage of recent openings at Te Manawa and Aotea Utanganui (Patea) as well as progress on the Rotorua Museum and Auckland Art Gallery developments. Some other proposed developments are struggling against council budget constraints as the annual planning round progresses – and staff casualties have already been noted. We hope most councils will see the benefits of continuing to invest in the arts and culture as an essential part of their service to their communities.

Next up for Museums Aotearoa is the first meeting of the new Board, which will be in Wellington on 18 May. We will be looking at our various activities and projects, including accreditation and the Code of Ethics.

We have also invited all museums and members in the Wellington area along to meet with the Board and start planning for next year’s MA12 conference – and before we blink another year rolls around!

Other useful links:

“Journeys Towards a New Paradigm Exploring Collaboration and Access to Digital Artefacts in the GLAM Sector”, a one-day symposium sponsored by the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington on 18 April. Video from the sessions:

Personal Journeys and Research Perspectives: Prof. Wendy Duff and Kay Sanderson
Trajectories of Technological Design: Chris Todd, Adrian Kingston, and John Roberts
“The Scary Washing Machine” Discussion Amanda Cossham, Chris Todd, Adrian Kingston, John Roberts
Linked Open Data (Part 1): Brenda Chawner
A video clip of Tim Berners-Lee on Linked Open Data which was viewed at the Symposium is available here
Looking Back at the Journey: Prof. Wendy Duff

The NZ Conservators of Cultural Material have a very user-friendly new website here which includes advice, links and a directory of conservators.

ARANZ have a status report listing Christchurch archival collections, levels of access, web/email contact and a brief description of the current situation after the February earthquake, here.


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