Gallery achieve­ment recog­nised

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CHIN­CHILLA’S La­pun­yah Art Gallery may be small, but it re­cently got some big recog­ni­tion for its im­pres­sive train­ing pro­gram.

The gallery was nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist in the Gallery and Mu­seum Achieve­ment Awards Projects: Or­gan­i­sa­tions Vol­un­teer Run cat­e­gory.

The nom­i­na­tion was in recog­ni­tion of the La­pun­yah’s Ex­hi­bi­tion Fa­cil­i­ta­tors In House Trainee­ship pro­gram, de­signed to give volunteers a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the gallery’s oper­a­tional pro­ce­dures.

La­pun­yah Art Gallery sec­re­tary/di­rec­tor Helen Den­nis said the pro­gram was de­signed to train a vol­un­teer in cu­ra­to­rial prac­tices and ex­hi­bi­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tion, in­clud­ing pa­per­work, in­stalling ex­hi­bi­tions and or­gan­is­ing pre­views.

“(It in­volves) learn­ing how to in­ter­act with artists, be­ing able to source artists, find out peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in ex­hibit­ing,” Mrs Den­nis said.

She said the pro­gram was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant

be­cause all the gallery’ staff were volunteers.

“It’s all part of suc­ces­sion plan­ning, be­cause we’re just volunteers so if one of us drops off the perch, lit­er­ally, we’ve got to build up a skill base and you’ve

got to be able to pass that skill base on.

“When the mu­se­ums and gal­leries peo­ple saw (the pro­gram), they were blown away to think that a lit­tle re­gional gallery run by volunteers was able to pro­duce a pro­gram that

would en­able us to keep go­ing with our suc­ces­sion plan­ning, so we’re not floun­der­ing around look­ing for some­body,” she said.

“For our lit­tle gallery to get that was just re­ally good ac­knowl­edge­ment of what we do here.”

PHOTO: BROOKE DUN­CAN

WIN­NING PROJECT: La­pun­yah Art Gallery's Helen Den­nis and Kim Os­burn cel­e­brate the gallery's recog­ni­tion af­ter the GAMAA awards.

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