Monday, January 31, 2011

Maryborough collections project

I wrote a little while back about a new project I have been selected to be part of…..I have cut and pasted some of that info to remind you what it was all about.

Curator Judy Barrass wrote with this information for the selected artists:
‘The project approaches the museum as a place of relevance to contemporary culture and local community. The intention is to stimulate audience engagement and interest in museums through innovative approaches to interpreting and examining their collections.
Six artists will be asked to focus their attention on the historical collections in Maryborough. Each of the artists will be allocated a collection and asked to develop artworks for an exhibition to be held in Gatakers Artspace in May 2011. Artist interventions within museum spaces are also possible as part of the exhibition.
The artists will be expected to interact with the objects in the collections in creative ways, and to explore and invigorate the interface between the collection and the audience. They will be encouraged to question the assumptions and expectations interwoven into museum practice and the acquisition, ordering and display of objects in the museum context.’

Susan and I travelled to Maryborough for the two day workshop…where we met the other artists involved as well as the curator Judy Barrass and Fiona Mohr from Qld Museums.

It was a very interesting weekend, which included a visit to the historical museum in Kent Street.

I have been chosen to develop my artwork in response to the MAVISBANK collection.

On Sunday I went with Fiona to meet Elizabeth who, with her husband Patrick,  is owner of MAVISBANK, a beautiful old home full of treasures dating from about  1720 - 1920.

Elizabeth is a most gracious host and I am really looking forward to getting to know her and to meeting Patrick.  Check out their website using the link below.

I will be visiting MAVISBANK next Wednesday, to take some photos and become more familiar with the collection.

Till soon.  C x

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