PGAV Event

Open Collection Stores


Open Collection Stores

Tuesday 5 Sep 2023, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Collection stores – a vital part of gallery operations yet these spaces have remained off-limits to audiences in Australia until now. Join us for a tour of the newly opened City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection store and Art Centre Melbourne’s soon to be opened Australian Performing Arts Collection store. See how these stores are providing audiences with behind-the-scenes access to collections, along with insights into preservation, conservation and digitisation.

In this special industry event, Eddie Butler-Bowdon, City of Melbourne’s Art and Heritage Collection Program Manager and Samantha Hamilton, Head of Collections, Preservation and Access at Arts Centre Melbourne will share insights into how the stores came into being, what was involved in their realisation – including management of risk to the collection, and the benefits to be gained for organisations and audiences.

Participants will meet at Melbourne Town Hall for the first tour, followed by lunch. Participants will then reconvene at Hamer Hall for the second tour.

Places are limited – maximum 2 people per gallery.
Book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost: $40 inc GST (includes lunch)

Image: City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection store, Managing the city room, 2023, photo by Tobias Titz.

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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