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Cultural Heritage Program 2016-2017

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced investment in cultural heritage organisations, for the year 2016-2017 totalling $482 150 and 50 days of Roving Curator time*.

Feedback from the Cultural Heritage Panel

The Cultural Heritage Program supports museums, galleries and collections to deliver a range of high quality cultural heritage activities that strengthen Tasmania's cultural heritage sector, engage and inspire audiences and the wider community, and preserve Tasmania's movable cultural heritage. This is the first round of the Cultural Heritage Program which replaces a range of previous funding programs available to the moveable cultural heritage sector.

Applicants to this program can apply in two categories: Program or Project.

The panel noted in this round that there were fewer applications to the Project category of the Cultural Heritage Program compared to the last round of the previous program, but recognises the short timeframe between the two closing dates. The panel was pleased that applications to the Project category were generally well targeted towards the next step in the development of each applicant museum’s practices.

In relation to applications to the Program category, the panel recommends that applicants clearly show how the Arts Tasmania funding will be used in their programs and provide rationales for why the panel should recommend investment. If applicants to this category are to apply for new or increased funding into the future, clear arguments for the investment should be provided. The panel also noted that the programs proposed by applicants should include the regular operational activities that the organisations undertake to manage their collections, such as cleaning and preservation of objects.

The panel acknowledges that there was a history of Tasmanian Government funding to organisations who applied to the Program category and reminds applicants that the quality of their applications would determine the ratings by the panel, rather than historic precedent and that future rounds of the program may be more competitive.

The panel was pleased that there was high demand for the Roving Curators but reiterated the expectation that for all applications for Roving Curator time, applicants must consult with a Roving Curator prior to making applications to determine the assistance required and the number of days to be applied for.

The panel also noted that where applicants may be applying for projects or programs that may require permission or recommendations from another organisation (such as a Council Heritage Officer) letters of endorsement should be provided with the applications.

*The Roving Curators time endorsed through this round of the Cultural Heritage Program is in addition to time allocated through the previous program for the calendar year 2016. All funding programs will now be funded on a financial year basis.

Investment

The following organisations have received funding through Arts Tasmania's 2016-17 Cultural Heritage Program.

Program Category

Burnie City Council: Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Burnie Regional Museum
$103 500
The Burnie Regional Museum and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery will both receive support for their 2016-17 annual programs through this investment.

Devonport City Council: Devonport Regional Gallery
$70 000
This investment will support Devonport Regional Gallery to present an annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania Inc
$70 000
This investment will support the employment of a Maritime Heritage Co-ordinator to work with the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and provide support for collections that are members of the Maritime Heritage Organisations of Tasmania across the state.

Narryna Heritage Museum Incorporated
$45 000
This investment will support the operations of the Narryna Heritage Museum for 2016-17.

Royal Society of Tasmania
$3 000
The Royal Society of Tasmania will deliver an annual program of activities, including the development of a 175th anniversary exhibition.

West Coast Heritage Limited: West Coast Heritage Centre
$145 000 and six days of Roving Curator time
The operations of the West Coast Heritage Centre will be supported by this investment for 2016-17 and the Roving Curator will assist with collection management.

Woolmers Foundation Inc
$20 000 and five days of Roving Curator time
The operations of Woolmers Foundation Inc will be supported by this investment for 2016-17, and the Roving Curator will support a collection management project in relation to the new visitor centre.

Project Category

The Art Society of Tasmania Incorporated: The Lady Franklin Gallery
$3 934
This investment will allow the purchase of preservation materials for the Art Society Collection and support the production of a booklet outlining the history of the Art Society of Tasmania and its collection.

Australasian Golf Museum Inc
$10 500 and six days of Roving Curator time
This investment will support a collection management project for the Australasian Golf Museum.

Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Tasmania Division Inc: Royal Australian Air Force Association (Tasmanian Division) Museum
$1 080
This investment will allow the purchase of preservation materials for the RAAFA (Tasmanian Division) Museum Collection.

Central Coast Council: Ulverstone Local History Museum
Three days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will support the development of the "Time" exhibition, which will be the story of the migrants involved in the design, building and funding of the Ulverstone Shrine of Remembrance.

Furneaux Historical Research Association Inc: Furneaux Museum
$1 350
This investment will allow the digitisation of the Furneaux Museum audio visual collection.

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council: East Coast Heritage Museum
Ten days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will support the East Coast Heritage Museum in the development of a Disaster Preparedness Plan.

Penguin History Group
Eight days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will support a collection management project for the Penguin History Group Collection.

Tasmanian Wool Centre
Twelve days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will support the development of an Interpretation Plan for the Tasmanian Wool Centre.

Panel Initiatives

The following areas will receive initiative funding for 2016-17:

Making Museums Work
$3 786
The panel has allocated funds to be used towards the professional development program "Making Museums Work" run by Arts Tasmania's Roving Curators. This funding will support workshops to be held in January to June 2017.

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection Program
$1 000
The panel allocated funds for the matching grant under the Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection Program. Applicants for that grant will apply for $2 000 (made up of $1 000 of Tasmanian government funds and $1 000 donated by past Chair of the Small Museums and Collections Panel, Lynne Stacpoole) and undertake to raise $1 000 from their community.

Museums Australia Incorporated
$4 000
The panel allocated funds to support two bursaries for Tasmanian museum workers to attend the Museums Australasia 2016 conference in New Zealand, with the assessment of bursary applicants to be administered by Museums Australia (Tasmania). This investment was announced prior to the main program announcement, and the successful recipients were Belinda Cotton from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and Geoff Dobson from the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

The Cultural Heritage Panel

The following members of the Cultural Heritage Panel participated in the assessment of the 2016-17 Cultural Heritage Program.

  • Richard Mulvaney (chair)
    Director, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
  • Jai Paterson
    Honorary Research Associate, History, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
  • Michael Smith
    Conservation Project Officer – Collections, Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority
  • Brad Williams
    Heritage Manager, Centre for Heritage at Oatlands
  • Elspeth Wishart
    Senior Curator History, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board thanks the members of the Cultural Heritage Panel for their contribution towards the assessment of applications to the Cultural Heritage Program.