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Before applying for a mentorship or fellowship please contact M&G NSW on the details below. M&G NSW staff can assist you with choosing the most appropriate host for your placement.
Professional Development Coordinator
P: +612 9339 9914
Applications close: Friday, 20 April 2012
M&G NSW’s International Fellowship Program has been designed to provide mid-level and senior staff at NSW regional museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international institution. This year there are two Fellowships available and Arts NSW will fund each placement up to $6000. These placements include:
- International Gallery Fellowship: Dallas Museum of Art
- International Museum Fellowship: National Heritage Board of Singapore Museums
Fellowship applicants also have the option to choose their own institution. M&G NSW staff are available to provide advice on possible placements and make contact with institutions on your behalf.
Amount available: Up to $6000 for each Fellowship
Applications close: Friday, 20 April 2012
M&G NSW Mentorships are a valuable professional development opportunity for emerging and mid-level regional museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with the team of a metropolitan or regional institution of their choice. M&G NSW will match successful applicants with an institution and contribute up to $3000 towards their costs, including travel, accommodation and per diems. Applicants can choose from state and national institutions or smaller, more specialised organisations, depending on their professional needs and goals.This year the following placements are on offer:
- Museum Mentorship: Australian Museum
- Open Museum Mentorship: Choose your own institution
- Gallery Mentorship: National Centre for Creative Learning, MCA
- Open Gallery Mentorship: Choose your own host institution
Amount available: 4x up $3000 for each Mentorship
This year the following placements are on offer:
Gallery Fellowship: Dallas Museum of Art
Having undertaken extensive audience research in 2005-2008, the Dallas Museum of Art has undergone a number of significant developments that places it among the world’s most interesting institutions. The research has had far-reaching impacts on exhibitions, programming and the development of the Center for Creative Connections (C3), resulting in a 100% increase in visitation.
The Center for Creative Connections (C3) is an experimental learning environment providing interactive encounters with works of art and artists. It is designed to stimulate curiosity, inquiry, and reflection in visitors of all ages and learning styles. The Center serves as a bridge between the everyday experience of looking and the transformational experiences of seeing, creating, and connecting deeply with works of art. Included in the Center are:
- Encountering Space- an innovative exhibition space where collection items are interpreted in a variety of ways either through the use of design elements (such as soundscapes) or different perspectives on their interpretation
- Community partner response installations- collaborative exhibition based projects with the museum and community partners in response to other exhibitions in the museum
- Tech Lab- an art and technology experimental space where visitors can work with new technology either on their own or through workshops and classes
- The Art Studio- a large art making space where visitors are encouraged to explore their own creativity either on their own or through artist led workshops and activities
- C3 Theater- a theatre that provides a range of films, videos, storytelling, lectures and performances related to current exhibitions
- Arturo’s Nest- a space for children 4 and under to learn about art and engage in creativity through storytelling and workshops
- Playing with space- young learners (5-8) are allowed to experiment with their own creativity through a range of activities
This placement offers opportunity to witness first-hand the dynamic approach of the Museum and its success in designing innovative exhibitions and programs that cross art-forms and truly engage audiences.
Museum Fellowship: National Heritage Board of Singapore Museums
This placement provides an opportunity for the applicant to spend time with the museums of the National Heritage Board of Singapore, including the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranaken Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Opened in 1887 and redeveloped in 2006, the National Museum of Singapore combines heritage architecture with contemporary multimedia exhibitions reflecting aspects of Singapore’s multicultural community alongside international blockbusters. The museum has a strong schools program and runs a range of annual public events including night festivals, performances and workshops. The Asian Civilisations Museum explores and presents the cultures and civilisations of Asia to promote awareness and appreciation of the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans and their links to Southeast Asia and the world. The Peranaken Museum is a more intimate museum that operates in collaboration with the Peranaken community of Singapore.
This placement will benefit those with an interest in approaches to collaborating with and interpreting multicultural communities as well as those interested in the use of digital media within an exhibition environment. It offers an excellent opportunity for applicants to observe leading international practise and extend their cross-cultural communications skills.
Museum Mentorship: Australian Museum
There is a growing interest in video conferencing as a means of delivering museum experiences into schools either as a stand alone workshop, as an opportunity to prepare students for an on-site visit or as an ongoing collaboration. Working closely with Karen Player, Coordinator of Museum Outreach, this mentorship will provide an excellent introduction to videoconferencing within the museum context. The mentoree will be exposed to a range of programs on offer by the museum and guided by staff with many years of experience delivering engaging lessons and interactions around the Australian Museum’s extraordinary collection of objects.
Gallery Mentorship: National Creative Centre for Learning, Museum of Contemporary Art
The National Centre of Creative Learning is one of the most significant additions to the redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art. It features a multimedia studio, a digital studio, two practical creative art studios, a lecture theatre, seminar room, library, as well as space for the Bella Program that serves children with special needs. This mentorship is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge around creative learning, the technology and practice of videoconferencing, and the digital resources that MCA will be utilizing in 2012. This placement would be particularly valuable to regional education and audience development staff looking to build contacts, networks and skills to inform the design and delivery of their own digital learning strategies and education programs. Please note, this mentorship will be offered in November 2012.
Sandy Earle (Tocal Homestead) with her host at Historic Houses Trust of NSW
Exterior of Dallas Museum of Art, image courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.
Skin of Leaves 1990-2000 by Giuseppe Penone, image courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.
National Museum of Singapore.
Entry to the History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore.
Exterior of the Australian Museum, courtesy of the Australian Museum.
Example of video conferencing, image courtesy of the Australian Museum.