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Lola Greeno Opens at Dubbo

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, the 8th Living Treasure touring exhibition is now open at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo from 18th April through to 28th June 2015.

The official opening will be on Saturday 1 May with Lola in attendance where she will also be doing a workshop and talk.

Object’s director Steve Pozel will open the exhibition, continuing our close relationship with WPCC.

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Go West

The fantastic Western Plains Cultural Centre at Dubbo has long been a popular gallery for Object’s touring exhibitions, and the latest that I am up here installing this week is Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels exhibition; the eighth in our Living Treasures series.

It is exciting to see how quickly crates, pallets of boxes and piles of legs can turn into a beautiful display.

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CUSP heads north: State Library of Queensland

CUSP has hit SLQ with a colourful bang! Housed across two locations inside the SLQ building – the Info Zone and the Gallery – CUSP has been lucky to be exhibited in amongst the creative brilliance of Naomi Takeifanga and the exhibitions team at SLQ.

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Installing Lola Greeno At QVMAG

What a day it has been here at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. The University of Tasmania students who have been part of the furniture production for the Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels exhibition which opens here this Friday ahead of coming to Object at the end of August, have been bringing into the gallery space all the components that make up this unusual yet evocative display furniture designed by Stephen Goddard of project two.
The installation video and the narrative video are now installed and all we are waiting for is the arrival of the works in their lime washed Tasmanian oak display cases.

Check out the photos form the install so far or listen to Lola’s stories here.

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Robert Baines Installation at JamFactory, Adelaide

It is day two of the Robert Baines: Metal exhibition install at JamFactory, Adelaide. This is the last venue for this Living Treasure exhibition tour, which has been across the country for two and a half years. Audiences at venues have been amazed at the artistry, intricacy and sheer beauty of Robert’s work, as well as his quirky view on the ‘historical’ development of modern objects such as CDs.

Object initiated Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft in 2005 and it celebrates the achievements of Australia’s influential crafts. Robert Baines is no exception truly being at the top of his practice.

Always a great install team here at the Jam. The exhibition will look fantastic. If you are in Adelaide why not call in too see this exhibition, as it will be your last chance before it travels overseas.

Robert Baines: Metal is on at JamFactory, Adelaide from 22 June- 28 July, 2013.

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Robert Baines: Metal arrives in Maitland.

Here i am, on day two of the Robert Baines: Metal install at Maitland Regional Gallery, near the beautiful Hunter Valley in NSW.

A beautiful old building houses a very modern group of galleries. A great install team and volunteers are making the install go smoothly.

Robert Baines will be coming up for the opening saturday afternoon and will follow with one of his stimulating artist talks, so if you are in or around Sydney or Newcastle and are looking for something to see, why not take a leisurely drive north to Maitland to see this wonderful exhibition at its second last venue on its tour.

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Delivering Design: testing a new model for developing regional audiences

Through 2012, Object worked with the University of Wollongong and the Western Plains Cultural Centre on a research project Delivering Design. Coinciding with the Western Plains Cultural Centre leg of the Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture touring exhibition, representatives from the three partner organisations worked together to devise ways to create a stronger model, with the overarching intention to ultimately lead to better ways of keeping audiences engaged.

Read the executive summary after the jump, or download the entire report here.

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Selling Yarns Conference 2013

Sandra Brown is Object’s Touring Programs Coordinator.

Here I am at the Selling Yarns 2013 conference at the National Museum of Australia here in Canberra, where they are celebrating the centenary of our nation’s capital.

This is the second conference I have attended and it is always wonderful to meet up with colleagues and our touring venues. It is a great opportunity to see what is happening in Indigenous crafts with attendees from every state.

First presentations covered the importance of the possum cloaks in eastern Australia and keeping the traditions and history alive. A presentation on the Tjumpi weavers from central Australia highlighted their use of the senses when making their works and harvesting the grasses around their homes.

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Working Together — The SLQ Perspective

A couple of weeks ago, representatives of the venue partners for CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade gathered in Sydney for a two day workshop exploring ways to exchange information and engage audiences, passing knowledge around the country. Previously, Sandra Brown outlined her reaction to the day, and here Naomi Takeifanga of the State Library of Queensland reflects on the two days.

Sitting in Brisbane at a picnic table in the middle of a swimming complex for yet another kids birthday party, the notion of design and its importance in our lives for the everyday becomes more than apparent. I won’t bore you with the details but, living in the sunshine state where swimming pools are a way of life, public swimming pools need that extra special design. Kid spotting is hard enough, let alone being set up 50m from the kids. Nothing good design in its basic sense couldn’t easily fix.

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Working Together — A CUSP Venue Partner Workshop

Wow! What a week it was last week here at Object, starting with our new exhibition, Life In Your Hands: art from solastalgia, opening last Friday night; and then fronting up Monday and Tuesday for our first ever Working Together Workshop for CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade national touring partners and Object staff. Representatives attended from Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, JamFactory in Adelaide, Casula Powerhouse and the State Library of Queensland, with a phone-in from the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo.

In my 8 years here at Object I have never known quite an event to happen where we bring representatives from the touring venues for a major national exhibition together to brainstorm and share knowledge about their venues, their touring programs, public programs and what they would like from incoming touring exhibitions. Another WOW! That in itself is pretty radical, but I must say that everyone there was soon saying ‘why hadn’t this happened before now?’

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