Digital tool set to transform exhibition design

Available today, the new improved Ortelia Curator enables curators to plan and develop exhibitions virtually, long before physical artworks arrive. Exhibition designers simply set up a virtual exhibition space then add 2D and 3D artworks, wall colour, didactics, and lighting.

Now, thanks to a partnership between NETS Australia and software developers Ortelia Interactive Services, curators can even add moving image, digital and sound based works. These features allow curators to test the practical concerns of sound and light bleed within the virtual space.

"Ortelia Curator is an essential tool for all involved in exhibition design and development." Michael Rolfe, Chair NETS Australia.

The project is part of the National Touring Initiative, NETS Australia’s four-year project launched in 2012 to deliver cutting-edge, contemporary digital media art to regional and remote audiences across Australia.  The improvements to Ortelia Curator will be used extensively in the forthcoming National Touring Initiative exhibition, People Like Us.

Michael Rolfe, Chair, NETS Australia and CEO, Museums & Galleries of NSW described the value of the digital tools: 

Ortelia Curator is an essential tool for all involved in exhibition design and development. We are excited to be working with Ortelia Interactive Services to explore the future of touring exhibition delivery and design and test the possibilities available in this digital age.”

Lazaros Kastanis, Ortelia Interactive Services:

“We hope the improvements to Ortelia Curator assist the delivery of new media art to regional and remote audiences. Our partnership with NETS Australia and their adoption of Ortelia Curator to facilitate the National Touring Initiative will contribute significantly to the adoption of innovative new digital tools within the industry.”


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The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

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The Museums & Galleries of NSW supports and promotes volunteer, artist run and professionally staffed public museums and galleries, and Aboriginal cultural centres, throughout NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Museums & Galleries of NSW
(M&G NSW) provides programs and services improving the visitor experience in small to medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.

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