INSITE / November 2013 - January 2014 / Social Museums

Cover Image: This image is of Toyoake City High School students who visited Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) to participate in workshops with local Aboriginal artists and to view the selected works from the exhibition Speaking in Colour: Works from the Collection of Carrillo and Ziyin Gantner.


Barbara Sacks, The Jewish Holocaust Centre (page 2)
The Social Club at the Jewish Holocaust Centre
The Jewish Holocaust Centre had over 30,000 visitors last year making it a very vibrant and engaging museum to be in. One of the many activities that the Centre hosts for its community is a monthly Social Club. Barbara Sacks is a volunteer and museum guide at the Centre who coordinates the Club and invites a roster of speakers to engage the Club’s visitors.

Anne Kershaw, Deakin University (Page 3)
Community Participation and Museums 
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Museums have evolved their outreach to audiences through a growing range of community engagement programs that allow for visitor participation. Anne Kershaw takes us through some of the goals and benefits of participation programs in museums.

Dr Heather Gaunt, Ian Potter Museum of Art (page 4)
Art and Empathy at the Ian Potter Museum of Art
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Eighteen months ago Dr Heather Gaunt looked at new ways to make use of the collection at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. She tells INSITE about the Potter’s Academic Programs Unit and their innovative forays into working within academic programs to build students’ interpersonal skills.

Ian Tully, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery (page 5)
The ACRE Project
The Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery has initiated a very successful program that engages farming communities in art making and promotes social inclusion. Ian Tully spoke to INSITE and explained how the program started and how it has benefited the Gallery.

Marion Piper, Town Hall Gallery (page 6)
A Gallery With No Walls is Still a Gallery: relaunching Town Hall Gallery 
Town Hall Gallery, part of the new Hawthorn Arts Centre, re-opened on November 22 after a closure of two years. Throughout the closure the Gallery team have kept their community and supporters informed through social media platforms and a blog that has sustained everyone’s interest in visiting the new space.
Instagram: @townhallgallery
Twitter: @townhallgallery

Elle Credlin, Bayside City Council (page 7)
Social Inclusion: Connections art and dementia program
In response to a growing community demographic of people living with dementia the staff at The Gallery @ Bayside are using works of art to assist people living with dementia to reconnect with the world around them. Elle Credlin explains how the program began.

Dr Gerard Vaughan, Australian Institute Of Art History (page 8)
The Ones That Got Away: a view of the Felton Bequest
In 1904 the Felton Bequest provided the National Gallery of Victoria with the opportunity to build an impressive collection, but conservative tastes and politicking sometimes prevailed over good advice and vision. Dr Gerard Vaughan reflects on some of the circumstances and taste-making that hampered the collecting of Impressionist art with Felton Bequest funds.

Patricia Cook, Clunes Museum (page 10)
The Clunes Museum Redevelopment
Hepburn Shire Council:

Elizabeth Marsden, Museums Australia (Victoria) (page 11)
Environmental Sustainability: show me the policy!
Earlier this year, as part of its strategic planning, Museums Australia (Victoria) highlighted environmental sustainability as an area where we can do more to support the local sector. Elizabeth Marsden outlines what is needed and what is already being achieved in museums.

Bridget Forbes, MA (Vic) (page 13)
Exhibition and Audiences Workshops
Summary of the workshop How to Create a Small Exhibition, held in the Post Office Gallery in Bendigo and the seminar Developing Diverse Audiences, held in partnership with PGAV and NETS Victoria. The presentations at the seminar were filmed and are available on our website.

Dimity Mapstone, Museums Australia (Victoria), (Page 13) 
Apps & Online
New e-books from the SLV & NGV
The Fluker Post Research Project
Kaldor Art Projects on Google
XFR STN at the New Museum
The Internet Archive

Museum News (Page 14) 
Clunes Community & Interpretive Centre
Clunes Museum:
Hepburn Shire Council:
JHC Shoah Centre funded
AICCM inaugural symposium
Coombe –The Melba Estate to open
Bendigo Art Gallery sculpture funded
New NGV children’s gallery funded
Friends win tourism award
Keith Haring mural restored
Exhibitions coming in 2014

Laura Miles, Museums Australia (Victoria)
Branch News (page 16)
2014 Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference
Victorian Collections
New online resources

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