Nov 11 – Jan 17 2021| Gallery 1
A Creative Victoria Project
Wangaratta Art Gallery is one of six public galleries in Victoria to be selected for a pilot project by Creative Victoria to create digital records of the artworks in its collection. This initiative involves digitising the collection and assisting with the Gallery’s responsibility to care for the collection and make it more accessible. Digitising a collection is a highly complex and labour-intensive task, carried out by trained staff members.
The Roadshow Project will involve experts’ conservators and digital photographers working in residence to support the project’s outcomes.
This project, and exhibition Revealed: The Regional Digitisation Roadshow gives visitors to the Gallery the opportunity to come and watch the digitisation process reveal what happens behind the scenes and discover the hidden gems within the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection.
In this process there will be an opportunity for visitors to find out about conservation processes and the nature of archival materials. Over several weeks, the process will reveal and present four main themes within the collection. These themes have been broken into, paintings and works on paper, small objects and sculpture, textiles and fabric art and the Rural City of Wangaratta Collection.
Once the digitisation is complete, Wangaratta Art Gallery will celebrate this project by presenting a salon show of highlights from the collection, revealing what the collection holds and exposing the hidden gems often kept away in storage. The project and exhibition will continue throughout the summer months right through until mid-January 2021. Gallery staff will also continue to provide ongoing online curatorial talks, live onsite lectures and workshops. Interested participants are encouraged to visit the gallery website or social platforms for programs over the summer.
This project was supported by the Creative Victoria under the Regional Digitisation Roadshow funding.
image: David Aspden, Freedom Jazz Dance, 1997, oil on canvas. Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection. © The Estate of David Aspden, courtesy Charles Nodrum Gallery.