Author: Christine Rutz WILSON

MGAWA’s Successful 2017

We’ve had an eventful year with many successful programs including: The Collections Sector Review; Cultural Sector Training Partnerships with Art on the Move – ‘Building our Stories’; Regional Arts Partnership Programs; MGAWA has been working with the Collection Sector Working Group to advance a solution toward digitisation and collections access; MGAWA also facilitated training and sector coordination at eight regional chapter meetings at Mandurah (x 2), Fremantle, Sandstone, Toodyay, New Norcia, Bunbury and Manjimup. MGAWA facilitated and attended 7 further launches of Remembering Them (MGAWA is coordinating Lotterywest funding for this initiative) at Brookton, Karratha, Katanning & King Cottage...

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Agents of Change : Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 4 -7 June 2018

Museums Galleries Australia invites you to take part in this significant national conference. Bringing together current and future leaders and decision-makers in museums, galleries and governments from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the conference will be an outstanding three-day experience for all. The MGA2018 conference will include a full program of speakers, workshops, masterclasses, social activities and extended tours, with multiple opportunities for interaction between delegates and sponsors and for showcasing products and services. We invite you to join us in June 2018 This is the leading opportunity for organisations and supporters to participate in this flagship event...

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Welcome to Our New Committee   At the conclusion of the advertised nominations period, the submitted nominations either did not exceed the number of vacancies available or were the only nomination received for the appointment. An election therefore was not required. Members are accordingly advised that the Museums Galleries Australia Western Australia Committee for 2017/18 will therefore be as follows. President                  Soula Veyradier        Commencing two year term until 2019 Vice President         Jane King                    Completing two year term in 2018 Treasurer                 Being Sourced Secretary                  Not required              By General Meeting resolution in 2013 Committee Members Emma Banks                                Completing two year term in 2018 Christen Bell                                 Commencing two year term until 2019 Ana Doria Buchan                       Commencing two year term until 2019 AiLin Chen-Van Leeuwen           Commencing two year term until 2019 Rikki Clarke                                   Commencing two year term until 2019 Tanya Edwards                            Commencing two...

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TELLING OUR STORIES: PARTNERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM If you work in the arts, heritage and culture sector ART ON THE MOVE and Museums Galleries Australia WA are combining their collective and extensive skills to offer you a two day intensive professional development program. The training will explore curating, preparing, presenting and interpreting an exhibition, be it artistic or historic. Roebourne Dates: Thursday and Friday, September 28 – 29, 2017 Venue: Ngurin Pilbara Aboriginal Centre, Roe Street, Roebourne WA (opposite the old Victoria Hotel) Time: 8.30am – 5pm daily Cost: $240.00* includes refreshments and lunch *Individuals requiring financial assistance will be considered on...

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DE-ACCESSIONING ETHICS AND PRACTICE Recently several inquiries have been received at collecting institutions from concerned members of the public regarding identification or accession numbers, clearly of museum origin, on items being offered for sale on websites or at auction. Section 6 of the Museums Australia Code of Ethics provides the broad guidelines governing the disposal of items from a collection. The Museums Australia Code of Ethics is currently under review but further guidance can be found in Section 2 of the ICOM Code of Ethics.   In libraries, books identified for disposal are able to be stamped DISCARD or equivalent, a practice not practicable for most collection items being disposed. In most cases, in addition to scrupulous adherence to the ethical principles, with objects leaving the public collection domain, accession numbers should be removed and appropriate documentation provided to the new custodian or owner. This protects both the de-accessioning collection and the recipient and maintains public confidence in our collection policies and processes. Given our reliance on established provenance and respect for cultural heritage, it is prudent to follow up instances where items offered for sale with accession numbers are investigated when brought to attention. A case in point is a pair of Doulton vases being offered for sale. They bear clear accession numbers. If you think that they have been inappropriately removed from your collection please advise Museums...

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