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News & Notices – 8 May, 2014

Kia Ora,

Last week I was in Auckland for a workshop convened by Creative NZ as the first step in a review of the visual arts and craft/object artform categories. Around 30 people, including curators, directors, artists, educators and promoters, spent two days looking at what and how Creative NZ supports in craft/object and visual arts. We talked about how that fits into the wider ‘ecology’ of support for the arts, and what challenges, changes and priorities need to be considered over the next five years. CNZ staff will now distill all that discussion into draft reports which will be published online in early June. I encourage you to take the opportunity to provide feedback when the draft reports come out, as this will then inform the final reports and recommendations to the Arts Council in July.

While in Auckland I only managed to fit in one museum visit – to Auckland Art Gallery. I found My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia to be very interesting. I really enjoyed seeing the wide range of visitors to this touring exhibition from QAGOMA, including both children and adults having fun with Gordon Hookey’s Kangaroo Crew. This is an interactive for the 21st century, with hands-on activities as well as a series of retro-flavoured video game consoles, all based on a salutary tale of The Sacred Hill. There has been good media reporting and information coming out about the many other intriguing exhibitions and programmes around the country during the school holidays and around ANZAC weekend. I hope they were all as engaging and well-attended as My Country.

Also in Auckland, Lopdell House Gallery is rebranding. When the new gallery alongside the refurbished Lopdell House opens in the spring, it will be called Te Uru, or Te Hau a uru, referring to the west wind that ‘brings change, sets direction and influences the city of Auckland’.

Back in Wellington, the news is full of Mike Houlihan’s appointment as Special Adviser on Military Heritage at MCH. As Mike will not be returning to Te Papa, Arapata Hakiwai will take over as Acting CE while ‘an international search for a new Chief Executive is undertaken’.

One of our ongoing activities is research. This year’s National Visitor Survey is now complete, and participants can access their own and national data. We are preparing a visual similar to last year and it is interesting to see that the data is very similar. In June, a Victoria University museum studies student will be doing more research as a course placement. Lillian Bayly-McCredie will be looking into governance structures and how they impact on museums and galleries. Later in the year we will be reviewing and repeating the sector survey.

Statistics NZ is progressively releasing data from the 2013 census, such as Quickstats about culture and identity. As well as providing access to data tables for the serious analyst, they are producing really nice graphics which make it easy to understand. A new infographic on major ethnic groups shows 74% European, which is very close to the ethnicity of NZ-resident visitors in this year’s National Visitor Survey. Maori and Pacific Island visitor numbers however, are lower in our survey than the general population. On the 27th May another culture and identity module comes out which will be the first chance to access detailed ethnicity, birthplace, language, religion, and iwi data down to subnational levels. Check out who your potential local audience is and see how it matches up to your visitor data – who is coming and who is missing out? To find out how you can use this data, Statistics NZ is running a series of free public seminars around the country from late May to late June.

International Museums day is the 18th May with the theme ‘Museum Collections Make Connections’. MA will be sending out a press release to promote the sector and many museums around the country have special plans to mark the occasion. Our EMP group here in Wellington are even planning their first ‘Museum Hack’ tour to celebrate. Check out the ICOM webpage to find out what museums around the world are doing and the ICOM NZ webpage for a great list of ways your museum can get involved.

Ngā mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

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News Update 1 November 2012

Kia ora,

Recent weeks have seen news of a wide range of shows and activity around the country. Dunedin Public Art Gallery has staged music and ‘exhibition’ snooker, the Muka Youth Prints continue their annual tour, The Kauri Museum has planted 127 heritage roses and celebrated their 50th anniversary, and ‘yarn-bombers’ have given a new look to the statue of CJ Monro outside Te Manawa and the Rugby Museum. The Police Museum is getting international attention after one of its 100-year-old criminal mugshots went viral on social media as a ‘babe’. Waikato Museum is negotiating the tricky business of a Lindauer painting being revealed as a fake.

The famously good looking criminal from the Police Museum website.

Auckland has been celebrating Art Week with a huge number of events. The Walters Prize has been awarded to Kate Newby, whose winning work you can still catch at the Auckland Art Gallery until 11 November. Lopdell House has been hosting the 2012 Portage Ceramic Awards at The Cloud with Jim Cooper receiving the Premier Award.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum is gearing up for re-opening in early December. Arrowtown has celebrated 150 years since the discovery of gold in fine style, with Lakes District Museum’s David Clarke and others growing beards for the occasion. Meanwhile, in Timaru, South Canterbury Museum’s Philip Howe has had his beard and hair shaved off for a child cancer fundraiser. We also note SCM’s ‘Downtown’ exhibition reported in the Timaru Herald, with photos of Timaru and Timaruvians as they used to be. We love the public toilets camouflaged with native plants for the royal visit in 1954!

Not fit for the Queen’s eyes? The men’s toilets on the corner of Strathallan and Stafford Streets, decorated for the visit of the Queen in Jan 1954.
South Canterbury Museum image, 2004/232.10

Work has begun on the new War Memorial Park in Wellington. The park is being built in preparation for New Zealand’s First World War Centenary (2014-2018) commemorations http://WW100.govt.nz/ and is due to be complete by Anzac Day 1915.  There has been speculation about what might be found during excavations for the park, and archaeologists and historian are looking forward to finding out.

War Memorial Park Turf Turning Ceremony on Monday in Wellington

In the political arena, rumbling continues over local government amalgamation, with a proposal for a ‘Lord Mayor’ for Wellington Region. The government’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, which will pave the way for further mergers, has just been reported back by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee. The Committee was unable to agree that the bill be passed, and has only recommended amendments on which all committee members agreed. There was no agreement on changing the statutory purpose of local government, which would remove the ‘four well-beings’. The different party views are explained in the Select Committee Report. Apparently to counter some of the government’s changes to local government legislation around council responsibilities, costs and transparency, Labour is introducing 3 Member’s Bills, including one to prevent councils from charging for basic public library services. This bill is due to have its first reading in Parliament before the end of the year. LIANZA is supporting the bill with a ‘keep libraries free campaign’.

Directory of New Zealand Museums and Galleries 2013
All museums and associates should have received a copy of their entry to confirm their details. Thank you to those who have already sent their response. If you have not received your listing details please contact directory@museumsaotearoa.org.nz ASAP.

Museum Sector Survey out this month
A reminder that our sector survey is currently running until the end of this week. If your organisation has not yet not taken the time respond we would encourage you to do so. Whether you are a large organisation or a small volunteer run museum your participation is important as it will enable us to gain a thorough understanding of the sector and the issues that museums face, and it will ensure your organisation is included in the information available to help lobby the government for greater support and recognition of the sector. We are interested in understanding the diversity within the sector and the range of issues that museums and galleries face. Your contribution will help provide a more comprehensive and accurate picture of New Zealand’s museum sector.

If your organisation has not received an invitation by email, or you have any queries, please contact the MA office.

MA13: Hamilton, 10-12 April 2013
We are still looking for speakers for the MA13 conference. We would love to hear from you with any contributions, ideas and suggestions – all welcome! You can download this information as a pdf, and please telephone, email or come and visit us with your ideas.

For your online enjoyment, check out the wide range of museum Hallowen activities, especially on Facebook MOTAT, Puke Ariki, Whanganui Regional Museum. And we were intrigued with Mark Johnson’s technique of photographing time.

Nga mihi, Phillipa & Talei

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