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Designing mystery: a case study of exhibition specific graphic design – by Serena Siegenthaler-Brown

In May, MTG Hawke’s Bay opened an exhibition that explored the story of the Forerunners, an alternative spiritualist group who were active in Havelock North in the early twentieth century. The community’s head, Dr Robert Felkin, was a medical doctor, missionary and “influential leader in one of the world’s most important occult orders.” (www.mtghawkesbay.com) This exciting exhibition lent itself to a creative suite of graphic design output that drew on the mystery and intrigue of the characters and content.

The first mission was to create an exhibition identity consisting of a colour scheme, logo and set fonts. Contained within the content of the exhibition was the perfect source of inspiration: a seven-sided vault, contained within a temple underneath Dr Felkins Havelock North home, Whare Ra. The vault was painted with a brilliant array of colours, shapes and symbols.

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I worked with the MTG Exhibition Designer to select a bold colour palette from these walls, one that would work well with the paint colour selected for the exhibition space.

The logo was created using these colours, the seven-sided star and triangle pattern found on the roof of the vault, as well as a font that echoed one found on the spine of a book originally owned by Dr Felkin. The logo also included a digitised version of three handwritten words found in an original copy of the Forerunners journal.

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The challenge was to create an identity that could create a sense of intrigue and mystery in advertising in order to generate interest in the exhibition, while still being applicable to more utilitarian uses such as exhibition labels and information panels.  Typography was used as the link between the bolder marketing graphics and the labeling and panels within the exhibition itself.

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To give a sense of continuity throughout the exhibition all the titles were treated in the same manner, as a graphic rather than simply text. This approach tied together the range of different graphic elements, from large scale illustrations and thematic panels printed directly onto MDF wall panels, to extended object labels mounted in cases.

The exhibition was broken down into four sections and each had a unique colour scheme to help clearly differentiate it from the next. This colour scheme was carried across different mediums from large MDF panels to vinyl and transluscent labeling. The use of consistent fonts and stylised titles held these sections together.

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This project had a broad scope for bold creativity and vibrant colour schemes in response to the content and was great fun to work on (and hopefully also to view).

Serena Siegenthaler-Brown
Graphic Design Assistant, MTG Hawke’s Bay.
Photographs by David Frost

 

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News Update, 24 June 2014

Kia ora

Congratulations to the Air Force Museum and Rotorua Museum. The Air Force Museum’s new wing was one of 64 finalists in 10 categories at the 2014 Property Industry Awards. They earned an award of excellence and won best in category for tourism and leisure property. The judging process involved inspections and assessments that considered all aspects of each project from the design and construction phase, the innovation and vision evident through to the financial performance, user satisfaction and environmental impact and seismic rating of the completed development – a deserved recognition for both the museum and architects Warren and Mahoney.

Rotorua Minecraft

MINECRAFT MASTERMIND: Alex Pace (right) with his Minecraft creation of the Rotorua Museum. He is pictured with brother Nathan. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER

Rotorua Museum has added to its success in the NZ Museum Awards with another four awards in the past year: Best Direct Marketing Campaign with The Edge in the national radio awards for last year’s same-sex wedding promotion; Hospitality Excellence Award in the Rotorua Business Excellence Awards; a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award; and their 80-strong team of volunteer guides were runners-up in the 2013 Trustpower Spirit of Rotorua Community Award. They have also been in the news for a minecraft replica.

The news lately has had a lot about museums. As well as the good news – such as capital grants totaling $4.1m to museums in Akaroa, Chatham Islands and Waitangi – there has been criticism of Te Papa and MTG Hawke’s Bay. In the case of MTG, it stems from a report commissioned by the Napier City Council, which was to investigate “the level of present revenue and expenditure performance” and “unexpected results from the redevelopment, especially insufficient storage…” The Independent Review attempts to benchmark MTG’s performance, and propose ‘rescue remedies’, Being commissioned by council, it does not address the expectation gap between the previous council’s plans of 3+ years ago, and the new council’s current agenda. However, the council is ‘looking forward to a positive future for MTG Hawke’s Bay’, so as long as they don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, and the media don’t do too much damage to their public reputation, we’re hopeful that will be the case.

One of the consultants who had worked on the McDermott Miller review of MTG Hawke’s Bay was Michael Volkerling. Known to many in the museum and gallery world in his past roles at the Arts Council, the Museum of New Zealand project, as well as his academic and cultural policy work, Michael had attended our MA14 conference in Napier. Sadly, Michael passed away unexpectedly earlier this month at his home in Sydney. A service was held for him at Wellington’s Old St Paul’s today, where he was remembered fondly by his family, friends and colleagues.

Police Museum Director Rowan Carroll in their new armoury

Police Museum Director Rowan Carroll in their new armoury

This a quieter time of year for us here at MA, so last Friday afternoon we got out of the office for some visits. We took a quick look at the excellent exhibitions on at Pataka (we particularly enjoyed Fiona Pardington’s EREWHON: Left for Dead in The Field of Dreams) and then carried on to the Police Museum to check out their new storage. This project has carved all sorts of useful space out of a rather inflexible building and brought their facilities up to environmentally acceptable standard. On our way back in to town we also stopped in at NZ Micrographics and got a full tour of the fascinating giant scanners and cool things they do – give them a call if you’re in the area.

Andy Fenton and Sheryl Sporle-Fahey showing Phillipa Tocker and Lillian Bayly-McCredie around NZMS

Andy Fenton and Sheryl Sporle-Fahey showing Phillipa Tocker and Lillian Bayly-McCredie around NZMS

A Washington Post Blog reported last week that there are more museums in the US than there are McDonalds and Starbucks combined. We ran the stats and discovered the same is true here. In fact there are more museums (c450) in New Zealand than there are McDonalds, Starbucks, KFCs and Burger Kings combined (332) – fast culture, not fast food!

Ngā mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

 

News Update 1 October 2013

Kia ora,

MTG Hawke’s Bay opened with a flourish last week. Douglas Lloyd Jenkins declared his a one speech maximum for the Friday night party, which was attended by colleagues, artists and friends from around the country. It was was lots of fun, and a great way to celebrate the transformation of HBMAG into MTG Hawke’s Bay.
Hon Chris Finlayson enlists young assistants to cut MTG’s big blue ribbon

Hon Chris Finlayson enlists young assistants to cut MTG’s big blue ribbon

On Saturday morning it was time for formalities, with Mayors, Ministers, iwi and other dignitaries. The big blue ribbon was cut by Hon Chris Finlayson with help from some young friends, then everyone surged through the doors to see the brand new exhibitions. There was a carnival in the street to keep visitors and locals entertained – which was a good thing, as the queue waiting to get in stretched around the block. We congratulate the whole team who have worked to effect the transformation, and look forward to being there with you for the MA14 conference.
Saturday morning queues around the block

Saturday morning queues around the block

After Napier we traveled on to Auckland for a regional meeting at Auckland Museum. We had a lively and productive workshop with over 50 people from museums and galleries around Auckland. We’re really enjoying these gatherings, and seeing new and renewed networks in action. Next up is Nelson on 9 October – see our website for details on all our upcoming forums and to RSVP.
While in Auckland we visited three very different exhibitions. California Design is proving very popular at Auckland Art Gallery, and includes stylish video of mid-20th-century design production as well as beautiful design classics. We were intrigued by WIlliam Pope.L’s Long White Cloud at Te Tuhi, although we would have liked a bit more time to experience the post-performance installation. The Fashion Museum’s latest showing, Age of Aquarius, is attracting great publicity and media coverage, and has huge appeal to those of us who remember the ’70s – and its available to tour to other venues.
There have been some recent changes in public policy and accountability requirements.
New list of Protected Records for Local Authorities – which includes CCOs
Financial Reporting requirements announced for Registered Charities
Charities with annual expenditure of:
  • $1 million or more – financial statements must be audited by a qualified accountant
  • between $500,000 and $1 million – financial statements must be reviewed by a qualified accountant
  • less than $500,000 – can choose to have their financial statements reviewed or audited, or do neither
And a reminder of several events in coming weeks: regional forums, ICOM meeting in Dunedin, Simon Knell talks Wellington and Auckland
Ngā mihi
Phillipa and Talei

News Update 16 July

It has been good to hear about exciting Matariki events in museums around the country to brighten up the stormy winter. There are also some great school holiday programmes coming up – see the postings on our Facebook page, and please add more.

Museums Aotearoa Meetings in Hawke’s Bay/Canterbury
Last week the MA Board spent a day in Napier. We arrived to a very soggy morning, and got most of the Board business completed before we were joined for lunch by staff, volunteers and committee members from around the region. A total of about 20 people from as far away as Waipawa and Onga Onga, as well as Hastings and Napier, caught up informally before work-shopping key topics with MA Board and staff. We heard from Michelle Sim of the Air Force Museum about the new ’emerging professionals’ group she is establishing with others around the country. We really appreciated the opportunity to meet more of our members ‘on the ground’, and their willingness to share issues and ideas – and the sun even came out so we could sit outside.

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (R) shows MA visitors around the new spaces at MTG Hawke's Bay

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (R) shows MA visitors around the not-yet-open MTG Hawke’s Bay redevelopment, 11 July 2013

We also had a good planning session for the MA14 conference being hosted by MTG Hawke’s Bay, 2-4 April 2014. We’ll be outlining the theme and calling for contributions in the next few weeks. While in Napier, we enjoyed a sneak preview of the former Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery which will re-open as the greatly expanded MTG Hawke’s Bay this September.

This was the first in a series of regional meetings over the next few months. The next will be at Canterbury Museum on the afternoon of Thursday 15 August. That meeting will start with afternoon tea, and is followed by a presentation by Sarah Davy of the NZ Film Archive with a screening of Temple, Prison, Restaurant, the compilation of museum representations which was shown at MA13. More details will be sent to museums in the Canterbury region later this week, and we’ll put it out on our blog and Facebook as well.

We’re planning more meetings around the country, including Dunedin, Nelson, Rotorua, Whanganui/Palmerston North, Dargaville, Auckland and Wellington. If you’re interested in hosting one of these meetings, please contact the office.

MA Board – advocacy
Your Board and staff are using these meetings to inform our work and our planning. One of our key activities is advocacy. We do this in a wide range of ways – by research and data such as the sector survey, supporting members in policy and advice, working with you on our Code of Ethics, and promoting the positive impact that museums have in our communities. In coming months we expect to work with NSTP to review museum standards, with ServiceIQ to improve training frameworks, and to engage more actively in tourism as well as continue our current conference and awards programmes.

An international example of advocacy tools which museums can use locally is the UK Museums Association’s new report and web resource Museums Change Lives, which highlights the social role of museums. This campaign builds on last year’s Museums 2020 consultation which looked to the future of museums and their impact, and drew input from around the world, including NZ and Australia. The aim of Museums Change Lives is to “enthuse people in museums to increase their impact, encourage funders to support museums in becoming more relevant to their audiences and communities, and show organisations the potential partnerships they could have with museums, to change people’s lives.” Check it out if you’re looking for some inspiration.

New Members’ Forum Coming Soon
The MA office is thrilled to have a new database and website, scheduled to launch next week. Though the general look of the website will remain the same the new ‘back end’ will bring some exciting new features, especially in the members’ only section of the site.

At launch you will be asked to login and update your contact details and communications preferences. The new development enables us to better target emails. Those of you who love our News & Notices, but would prefer not to get our job vacancies, will be able to select which of our communications you would like to receive. Additionally, when you login you will find new features such as a new private members’ forum and online directory to make it easier to keep the conversations going with your MA colleagues.

Blog, MAQ and more
We have been having such great responses to our calls for contributions to the MAQ that we have decided to start publishing regular guest blog posts including profiles of some of our members and more case studies of projects. Please contact the MA office if you are interested in being a contributor to any of our publications.

Ngā mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

News Update 18 June 2013

Kia ora,

Rā whānau ki a koe, Puke Ariki – celebrating their 10th birthday with a party at the weekend. Their Facebook page has lovely photos of their cake and photo competition.

We’re enjoying so many museums celebrating both Matariki and Maori Language week. One collaboration we like – and hope to get to – is Carter Observatory’s planetarium shows featuring a live 30 minute presentation told exclusively in Te Reo, by Khali Philip-Barbara from Te Papa.

MTG Hawke’s Bay’s team member Ken Miles supports the 1957 Grande Bagnante III sculpture as it receives a CT scan. The sculpture fondly known as the “Bather” is by Emilio Greco from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi collection, 47922.

MTG Hawke’s Bay’s team member Ken Miles supports the 1957 Grande Bagnante III sculpture as it receives a CT scan. The sculpture fondly known as the “Bather” is by Emilio Greco from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi collection, 47922.

We also liked this photo of a sculpture getting a CT scan from MTG Hawke’s Bay, part of their preparations to move back into their new building.

The Ministry for Culture & Heritage has announced the 2013/14 round of Regional Museums Policy funding with a media release from Minister Christopher Finlayson. He says that about $3 million will be available to assist “regional museums and art galleries that house collections of national significance to improve access to and care of these collections through major construction projects.” Applications close at 5pm on Friday 12 July 2013.

In Australia, a resale royalty scheme was introduced 3 years ago. This requires all resales of art over $1000 to be reported, with a 5% royalty payable to the artist on some sales, and is something that NZ has looked at as well. Now the Australian Copyright Agency is doing a Post Implementation Review, and we’ll be interested to see how the scheme is working.

Northland Museums Association met at Heritage Kaikohe last week, with over 40 people from museums large and small gathering for a presentation by Auckland Museum Director Roy Clare and workshop sessions on governance lead by Lesley Moffat. Its great to see active regional networking, and later this year MA will be convening other meetings around the country. The first is in Napier on 11 July. These will be an opportunity for members to meet, share ideas, hear from speakers, and give feedback to MA Board and staff. Keep an eye on these notices for dates and more details. And if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed in your area, please let us know.

Ngā mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

Karen Verdurmen, Curator at Mercury Bay Museum has come across an Iron Collection found at the Bay Laundromat. Unfortunately this is not something they can keep but Karen wondered if another museum might be interested. They cover the whole era of electric irons. Starting with the ones that had to be put into a light socket. For more information on the collection contact Mercury Bay Museum info@mercurybaymuseum.co.nz.

Karen Verdurmen, Curator at Mercury Bay Museum has come across an Iron Collection found at the Bay Laundromat. Unfortunately this is not something they can keep but Karen wondered if another museum might be interested. They cover the whole era of electric irons. Starting with the ones that had to be put into a light socket. For more information on the collection contact Mercury Bay Museum info@mercurybaymuseum.co.nz.

News Update 8 May 2013

Kia ora,

MTG Hawke’s Bay (formerly Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery) are beginning their move back into the Marine Parade/Herschell Street suite of buildings in Napier. After nearly 3 years away, the new $18 million building is being handed over so the staff can prepare for reopening this September. Four months seems like luxury compared with the tight timeframes experienced by some other redevelopments lately, but I expect it will fly by. We’re looking forward to seeing the new spaces as we begin planning for the MA14 conference.

MTG Hawke’s Bay Director Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and MTG Staff start the process of moving into MTG Hawke’s Bay.

MTG Hawke’s Bay Director Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and MTG Staff start the process of moving into MTG Hawke’s Bay.

ANZAC Day was commemorated around the country and attracted a good deal of media coverage for museums. There is increasing interest in WW1 and its centenary years 2014-2018, within our sector and more broadly across agencies and among the general public. It seems that since those with the last living memories have passed on, successive generations are wanting to find out about the people and events whose legacy we remember on ANZAC Day. For resources and what is happening, see the notice below and visit the New Zealand WW100 website.

Having completed and reported on the 2012 Museum Sector Survey, and run the 2013 national visitor survey, we are looking forward to other research this year. The next piece of work is a survey of individual members through Australia-based Survey Matters in partnership with the Australasian Society for Association Executives. Associations Matter – 2013 State of the Sector Study will give individual MA members the opportunity to tell us about your needs, preferences and requirements. Because this study is being run across a wide range of associations throughout Australia and NZ, we will be able to gain a better understanding of why people join associations such as ours, what we can provide to our members and how. Other participants include LIANZA and Museums Australia. The invitation to participate will go out to individual MA members in the next few days. Later in the year, Survey Matters proposes conducting a similar study of industry bodies, which would cover our museum members. We’ll keep you informed as this study and our wider research progresses.

Here in the dying city of Wellington, government policy work continues – I wonder what will happen to all the public servants when the government moves to Auckland? DIA is consulting on proposed changes to Lotteries Community Committees. Consultation is still open about financial standards, and this and other policy changes is outlined in the MAQuarterly which will be in the mail to you next week. As we build up towards the local council elections in October, we will all need to think about ensuring our sectors’ interests are understood by our candidates and voters. We’re keen to hear your suggestions and advocacy needs – please email or call us (04 499 1313) any time.

An immediate opportunity to raise profile is International Museum Day, which falls next Saturday, 18 May. With the theme of Museum (culture + memory) = Social Change, the field is wide open for interpretation in any museum context. Many museums choose this date to offer behind the scenes tours, and this year Museums Wellington are going one further – they’re taking people by bus to visit their off-site Collection Store. What are you doing on 18 May?

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei


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