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Behind-the-scenes Ararat exhibition

Ararat Art Gallery and Town Hall.

Ararat Art Gallery.

A sculpture made from jet-black irrigation piping, a leather toaster, a quilt featuring a unicorn, and a leopard-print overcoat are among items from Ararat Gallery TAMA’s permanent collection that will be on display in its newest exhibition.
The Digitisation Project – Behind the Scenes, includes pieces chosen by staff members who worked on a recent Creative Victoria project to digitally photograph about 900 pieces from the gallery’s permanent collection.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said the exhibition would give the public an idea of the diversity of the gallery’s collection.
“The exhibition includes pieces from the Grimwade Collection, including the overcoat and also photographs that show the process behind the digitisation project, which will give the public insight into how it all rolled out,” he said.
“It was a fascinating project to work on – gallery staff really enjoyed the process and learnt a lot, from how to handle the pieces to how to preserve and protect textiles.”
The digitisation project aims to make the gallery’s highly-valued collection more accessible to the community by photographing collection pieces.
Ararat Gallery TAMA had an invitation to be part of the pilot project, which will lead to images uploaded to the Victorian Collections’ website for easier access to researchers, teachers and the general public.
TAMA was the first Victorian regional gallery to undertake the project, in April and early May.
The project was a partnership between Creative Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Public Galleries Association, with the possibility of it being rolled out to other regional galleries in the future.
Dr Harrison said National Gallery of Victoria Head of Conservation Michael Varcoe-Cocks and coordinating conservator MaryJo Lelyveld visited Ararat to view the project in action.
He said school groups had also watched the project unfold and there were discussions about collection management and preservation.
“During the project the gallery team, including photographer Michelle Dunn, worked diligently, carefully bringing out the collection items, setting up the correct lighting and then photographing each of them,” Dr Harrison said.
“The team got to see the majority of the items in the collection and this new exhibition is a selection of their favourite pieces. We hope the exhibition will help curb people’s curiosity until they can see all the images uploaded to the Victorian Collections’ website later in the year.”

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Posted on Jun 19 2019

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