Workshop: Art Handling and Display
Workshop: Art Handling and Display






Workshop: Art Handling and Display

Date: 13-Aug-2019

Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 10.30am – 3.00pm
Location: Devonport Regional Gallery, Market Square, paranaple arts centre, 145-151 Rooke St, Devonport
Presented by: Contemporary Art Tasmanian and Devonport Regional Gallery



The program includes: Condition Reporting for Small Cultural Organisations – Michelle Berry, freelance conservator; Handling and installing works of art– Joel Arthur, National Gallery of Australia; Time-based Media and Audiovisual artwork handling and installation – Scot Cotterell, Museum of Old and New Art; and Museum and Exhibition Lighting Philosophies, Techniques and Considerations – Mark Colegrave, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with additional opportunity for conversations and networking throughout the event.


Morning tea and lunch provided.
Condition Reporting for Small Cultural Organisations – Michelle Berry
Condition reporting of incoming and outgoing art works and artefacts is an important part of managing both loans and exhibitions. Tasmanian freelance conservator Michelle Berry will discuss the methods of examining and documenting changes to artworks and other loaned objects while they are in the care of the presenting organisation. Berry has spent twenty years at Museums Victoria as a senior conservator and in the last years focused on strategic preventive conservation. Since moving to Tasmania she has worked closely with a number of clients providing conservation advice, training, hands on treatment of art works as well as consulting on larger projects. Clients include Mona, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Australian Antarctic Division as well as other public institutions and private individuals.
Handling and installing works of art– Joel Arthur
National Gallery of Australia Preparator, Joel Arthur will discuss the approaches and protocols used by the National Gallery of Australia when handling, preparing and installing works of art. Arthur’s role covers varied modes of handling works of all mediums from internal movements within the institution to installation for display. The presentation will include information on best practice methods of installing works on paper, paintings and objects.


Time-based Media and Audiovisual artwork handling and installation – Scot Cotterell
Mona Time-based Media Manager, Scot Cotterell will provide an overview of the key concepts relating to Time-based Media and Audio-visual artwork handling and installation. Media carriers, file types and conservation concerns, documentation and project planning will be discussed through a range of contexts from studio practice through to small and large organisations. In addition to his role at Mona, Cotterell is co-director of Private Projects, Moonah and is an inter-disciplinary artist who has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally. Within his art practice he uses mixtures of sound, video, images and objects in gallery and live contexts to create experiences that reflect upon cultural phenomena.


Museum and Exhibition Lighting Philosophies, Techniques and Considerations – Mark Colegrave
The overall role of museum and art exhibition lighting is to showcase collection items and artworks in their best possible and most natural light without compromising their artistic integrity and to eliminate damage due to over exposure. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery lighting expert, Mark Colegrave will discuss the procedures and protocols of lighting collection objects, artefacts and artworks as well as light-sensitive material. Colegrave has over 25 years experience as a museum professional and through a Churchill Fellowship, he has undertaken research in New Zealand, America, Europe, Egypt and Japan.

A partnership event presented by Devonport Regional Gallery and Contemporary Art Tasmania with support from National Gallery of Australia.

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