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