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Press release from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery – Who’s Missing?‏

NZ National Portrait GalleryPress release from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery
01 May 2015


Who’s Missing? Tell us who is missing from our national Portrait collection!

For the month of May, the New Zealand Portrait Gallery is looking to the New Zealand public to choose the next portrait we commission for our collection.

“We think the voice of the New Zealand public should play an important part in the development of the gallery and are excited to see who you think should be represented in the national collection; someone whom you believe is expressive of New Zealand’s distinct identity, our culture and traditions” says gallery Director, Gaelen Macdonald.

At the end of the month, guided by the numbers alone a subject will be chosen and we will set about getting a portrait commissioned.

“A subject chosen by the New Zealand public is a great opportunity to see who we as a country see as our leaders, history makers and cultural icons” Macdonald says.

There are several ways to nominate your top three choices:

* EMAIL send your top three to office@nzportraitgallery.org.nz<mailto:%20office@nzportraitgallery.org.nz?subject=Who’s%20Missing?%20My%20top%20three>
* FACEBOOK leave a comment on our page facebook.com/newzealandportraitgallery<https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandPortraitGallery?ref=hl>
* TWITTER tweet at us @nzportraitgal<https://twitter.com/NZPortraitGal>
* ONSITE fill in an entry for­­m at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington   Waterfront.
“The New Zealand Portrait Gallery is committed to presenting portraits from all cultural and political standpoints, people who have shaped our country and influenced the way we think about ourselves” says Macdonald.
“Our collection is steadily growing as portraits are donated and sponsored.”


For further information contact:
Gaelen Macdonald, Director                                                                                                                      e-mail: director@nzportraitgallery.org.nz<mailto:director@nzportraitgallery.org.nz>

Or Ruby Eade, Administrator/Outreach Officer                                                                                                    e-mail: office@nzportraitgallery.org.nz<mailto:office@nzportraitgallery.org.nz>

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FIHRM call for papers still open


Don’t miss your chance to take part in this thought provoking event that will bring together speakers from all over the world to discuss the role of human rights in museums.

FIHRM 2015 Access is a Human Right

Beyond the new museology? Taking stock of inclusion, access and decolonisation

When 22- 24 September 2015


Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand 

Access is a human right – the conference theme

Social inclusion reshaped cultural policy and challenged museums to become agents of change, diversity and human rights. Growing audiences and digital media prompted new efforts to provide access and community engagement. The crises of ethnographic authority and decolonisation led to soul searching by museums of anthropology in the old world, and in post-settler societies ushered in radical new approaches to preservation and interpretation such as the indigenous museologies emerging in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US.

Now in 2015, it is time to take stock of the museum’s record in all these areas. After all this work on inclusion and access policies, community and audience, rights and needs – what has been achieved? Where has it taken us?

  • How can we prove the museum has made a difference to people’s lives? Have there been more losses than gains?
  • What lies beyond the no longer ‘new’ museology?
  • What is the next step in settler-indigenous relations?
  • What happens when indigenous rights clash with other rights? How do we prioritise rights?
  • What are the limits and/or opportunities of consultation, collaboration, and partnership, and the realities, risks and challenges of democratising museums?
  • How can ‘social museology’ move from the margins to the core, from front of house to back of house?

About the conference Where better to consider these issues than at Te Papa which has been a flag bearer for new approaches to the visitor experience since 1998, recognised for its bicultural initiatives through which authority for the management of taonga (treasures) has been shared with Māori people. In a period of unprecedented tribal social development following the settlement of Treaty claims, Māori are renegotiating their relationship with museums and other organisations leading to new models of cultural heritage. In 2015, Te Papa celebrates its 150th anniversary as Aotearoa New Zealand’s national museum, and considers its own mission to change hearts, minds and lives. Join us as we explore these and other issues over three days. A fourth optional day is available for site visits.

  • Day One: Social inclusion, its contents and discontents
  • Day Two: Indigenising Museology
  • Day Three: Current practice and future directions
  • Day Four (optional): Site visits
  • Proposals are welcome for papers, case studies, panel discussions and workshops. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, submitted with a brief (150 words) biography. Send proposals to fihrm@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk Deadline 30 April 2015

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New Director for TMAG

Janet_Carding_smlHOBART – The Board of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is pleased to announce Janet Carding as the new Director of TMAG, following an extensive national and international recruitment process.

Ms Carding is currently Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, a position she has held since 2010, and was previously Assistant Director, Public Programs and Operations at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

She has been a museum professional for over two decades, and is originally from the UK, where she studied at Cambridge University and the University of London before beginning her museum career as a curator at London’s Science Museum.

Ms Carding was the first woman to be appointed Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum, and her achievements there have included introducing a range of innovative events, novel programming and critically acclaimed major exhibitions, as well as presiding over the museum’s centenary celebrations in 2014.

Chairman of Trustees Geoff Willis said that TMAG was delighted to be able to appoint a Director of Ms Carding’s experience to the role.

“We had strong national and international interest in the role, which reflects the strong national and international interest in the arts and culture movement in Tasmania,” Mr Willis said.

“Ms Carding is exceptionally well-equipped for this role, and we are so pleased that she now wants to return to Australia to join us at this exciting time.”

Mr Willis also paid tribute to Acting Director, Jennifer Storer, who has been in the role since Bill Bleathman announced his retirement as Director of TMAG in December 2013.

Ms Carding will shortly make the move to Hobart, and will take up the role at TMAG on 8 April 2015.

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International Council of Museums (ICOM) is appalled by the intentional destruction of objects from the Mosul Museum in Iraq

In the wake of the devastating images of the intentional destruction of objects from the Mosul Museum, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is deeply concerned for the safety of museum professionals in Iraq and mourns the loss of invaluable cultural heritage due to this reprehensible attack.

 Download a PDF version of these statement.

The international museum community shares the pain of the Iraqi people in the face of such brutal assaults on their collective history and identity. When cultural objects of a country disappear, all people are denied a part of their shared history and are taken as hostages alongside the heritage.

 The international community must not only strongly condemn the destruction of such an important collection, but must take immediate measures to prevent further deplorable assaults on the culture and history of humankind.

Voluntary destruction of elements of Iraq’s millennial culture and history, and those of the broader region, has been occurring for many years. This recent calculated provocation is also an attack on the concept of museums, and a forceful rejection of the ways in which the world approaches and values ancient societies.

 Concerned about the frequency of such systematic destruction of heritage, ICOM calls on the responsibility of all for protecting the cultural heritage of the world, of which the ancient royal cities of Nineveh, Nimrud and Hatra in northern Iraq are great vestiges.
These senseless acts are in complete violation of national and international legislation, encompassing the recent United Nations resolution 2199, which condemns the destruction of cultural property and aims to prevent the trade in items of cultural, scientific and religious importance that have been illegally removed from their country of origin during periods of conflict.
For over a decade, ICOM has dedicated itself to emergency preparedness and response for museum professionals and to the protection of Iraqi cultural objects at risk of illicit trade. In this regard, a revised version of the Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk will soon be published.

In extending solidarity and support to our colleagues in Iraq, ICOM wishes to further contribute to future capacity-building efforts for museum professionals of the region who could be confronted with such exceptional and tragic situations.

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Museum International / call for papers

Vol. 67 No. 267-268 – Museums, heritage and capacity building

Call for Papers

ICOM is preparing a double issue of Museum International on the theme Museums, heritage and capacity building. The issue will be prepared under the direction of the Editorial Board with Prof. Dr Tereza Scheiner as Editor in Chief. All proposals submitted will be assessed for suitability and subsequent articles will go through a peer review process. The issue is expected to be published, in collaboration with Wiley Blackwell, by March 2016.

More information: http://icom.museum/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/MI/Cap_building_CFP_final_EN.pdf

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International conference “Company museums today”

Nuclear Icebreaker "Lenin"

Nuclear Icebreaker “Lenin”

INTERNATIONAL Conference «Company museums today», Devoted to the 70-th anniversary of the nuclear industry 2nd 4th of July, Murmansk  – Nuclear Icebreaker “Lenin”

In the last few years, museums in the world have changed dramatically and now they began to play a more significant role in society. Now they
not only preserve and popularize the tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage, but also strengthen cultural identity, support social cohesion and play a role of a mediator in the field of intercultural interaction, and also form a variety of services, organize social and cultural activities. At the same time, museums and monuments are the main factors that attract tourists and promote the development of small and medium businesses and the regional economy. In many regions museums become a community center and engine of economic and social development.

Similar processes take place in the sector of corporate and departmental museums. First of all, it should be noted that around the world, these museums are no longer seen as non-core assets. Now, company museums not merely preserves the history of the Company or Department, and unique examples of industrial heritage, but also an element of corporate ethics and one of the main tools for creating a positive brand. Company museums are open to the experimental approach in the formation of the exhibition, design, architecture, and work with the audience. Innovative approaches often attract the widest possible audience to such museums, which consequently leads to high level of attendance (an example is the BMW Museum in Munich, which receives more than 300,000 visitors per year), and therefore leads to the exit for a partial self-support of such Museums. However, the value of company and departmental museums is not limited to the formation of a corporate spirit, a positive image of the company and the loyalty of its customers and partners, their value moves to a national level – they preserve and popularize different areas of science and industry, social sphere, inculcate interest to industrial heritage, production, innovation, science and technology to the younger generation. Without doubts today it is a matter of national and international importance even in time of transition to a postindustrial economy.

This conference is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the nuclear industry, so special attention will be given to the development of museums of this sector of industry.

Conference also will be an excellent platform to discuss the first results of an open International architectural contest for the new building of the
Pavilion of atomic energy on VDNH in Moscow.

*Upcoming conference will discuss following topics:*

o    Company (departmental) museums: social policy and the Company. The Company brand and industry;
o    Architectural solutions in modern museums;
o    Presentation of the International architectural contest for the new building of the Pavilion of atomic energy at VDNH in Moscow;
o    The construction of the Exposition in the modern museum (company museum). Innovations in museum practice;
o    Museums-ships

Everybody could participate in the conference with a paper, relevant to themes indicated above. If you would like to present a paper during the conference, you should send an abstract (not more than 300 words) to the conference organizing committee – IVKlopova@rosatom.ru and icom.russia@gmail.com. Abstract should include the title, your name and surname, country and institution represented by the author, position,
contact phone numbers, e-mail.

*Submission deadline – 30 of April 2015*.

Conference is organized by ICOM Russia and State company “Rosatom”.

The conference will be held in the city of Murmansk on a board of the world’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker “Lenin”, which now is a museum object – Arctic exhibition center “Nuclear icebreaker “Lenin”. In the frameworks of the conference program it is scheduled tours to the atomic icebreaker “Lenin”, one of the acting Nuclear-powered icebreakers, and for the post-conference tour participants will be able to choose a tour to the Severomorsk (closed city) or to a Saami village.

Everyone who wants to participate in the conference can send filled in Registration
form to the conference organizers: Mrs. Irina Klopova (IVKlopova@rosatom.ru) and Mr. Afanasy Gnedovsky (icom.russia@gmail.com). Please note that the number of seats is limited, so please apply for participation in the conference as soon as possible.

Reception of applications for participation will be closed when the number of participants will reach 100 persons.

You could receive more information about the conference in ICOM Russia – icom.russia@gmail.com.

Executive Directorate ICOM Russia\ Исполнительная дирекция ИКОМ России +7
(495) 951 0408, +7 (495) 953 34 54

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Auckland Art Gallery Director to attend Global Museums Leaders Colloquium‏

Rhana Devenport, Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Rhana Devenport, Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Photo: Govett-Brewster

Rhana Devenport, Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, has accepted an invitation to participate in the upcoming Global Museum Leaders Colloquium.  From 13 – 23 April this year, Devenport will join another fourteen museum leaders from across the globe to take part in this an invitational program for a sustained exchange of ideas and expertise that is hosted by the Metropolitan Museum, New York.  Devenport’s involvement in this year’s Colloquium is a first for Australasia.

15 International Museum Leaders to Convene for Metropolitan Museum’s Second Global Museum Leaders Colloquium in April 2015

(New York, January 29, 2015)—Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today the 15 participants in the second annual Global Museum Leaders Colloquium, to be held at the Museum April 13–23, 2015. The Metropolitan Museum hosts the colloquium to broaden international dialogue about museum management among directors from collecting institutions.

“Last year’s inaugural GMLC established a significant new venue for deeper dialogue among museum leaders and a growing network of institutions and directors worldwide,” said Mr. Campbell. “I am encouraged by the many new collaborations, contacts, and initiatives that have evolved out of the GMLC already. For all of us here at the Met, it is an invaluable opportunity to get to know our international colleagues and benefit from their perspective and expertise.”

The 2015 GMLC participants include directors of national, municipal, private, and academic museums. They oversee museums with a total annual attendance of more than five million visitors and collections of nearly six million objects. Several of the participants in this invitational program are directors of the largest or second-largest museums in their respective countries. Some of the institutions are undergoing major renovation and expansion projects or are in the process of rethinking their strategic priorities. With the exception of China, India, and Peru, all of the represented countries are new to the GMLC.

The participants, listed by country, are:

  • BENIN, Fondation Zinsou / Musée d’Ouidah, Ouidah – Director Marie-Cecile Zinsou
  • CAMEROON, Doual’art, Douala – Director Marilyn Douala Bell
  • CHINA, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Xi’an – Director Wang Weilin
  • COLOMBIA, Museo del Oro, Bogotá – Director Maria Alicia Uribe Villegas
  • EGYPT, Museums of Upper Egypt, Cairo – Director Sanaa Aly
  • INDIA, The National Museum, New Delhi – Director Venu Vasudevan
  • IRAN, The National Museum of Iran, Tehran – Director General Mahnaz Gorji
  • NEW ZEALAND, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland – Director Rhana Devenport
  • NIGERIA, The National Commission for Museums and Monuments – Director General Mallam Yusuf Abdallah Usman
  • PERU, Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Lima – Director Natalia Majluf
  • PHILIPPINES, The National Museum of the Philippines, Manila – Director Jeremy Barns
  • SPAIN, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona – Director Pepe Serra
  • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Sharjah Museums Department, Sharjah – Director General Manal Ataya
  • UNITED KINGDOM, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford – Director Alexander Sturgis
  • VIETNAM, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, Da Nang – Director Vo Van Thang

“One of the assumptions behind the GMLC is that, despite their varied circumstances, museums share many common challenges,” said András Szántó, a museum analyst and writer on arts institutions who oversees the Colloquium and serves as its moderator. “As we add another group of museum leaders from more than a dozen new countries, the global reach and impact of the GMLC network are certain to increase exponentially.”

Over the course of 11 days, the GMLC provides a 360-degree view of current museum practices worldwide, placing a strong emphasis on institutional leadership and strategic problem solving. A significant portion of the program is reserved for open dialogue among the invited directors, who present case studies on their institutions and meet in group workshops to address timely issues confronting museums and propose new models for collaboration. The GMLC participants will work with Metropolitan Museum experts across all departments and make group site visits to cultural institutions in New York and Washington, D.C.

The Global Museum Leaders Colloquium is made possible by Gilbert and Ildiko Butler.
Additional support has been provided by Jan and Marica Vilcek.
The Colloquium is also made possible in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and Sotheby’s.

Information about the GMLC, including a video and the 2014 annual report, is available on the Metropolitan Museum’s GMLC webpage.

 Follow #MetGMLC and the Metropolitan Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to join the conversation.

The Met Around the World

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest museums, with collections spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The Museum’s main building, located at the edge of Central Park along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in northern Manhattan, received 6.2 million visitors last year.

The Museum’s far-ranging international activities include loans of individual works of art and exhibitions, which travel to and from institutions around the world. Last year, two exhibitions were sent on loan abroad—Ancient Egyptian Queens and Goddesses: Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (July 19 – September 23, 2014) and Kobe City Museum, Japan (October 13, 2014 – January 12, 2015); and The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925 at The Nanjing Museum, China (September 29, 2014–January 18, 2015). Each year, the Met also takes part in hundreds of international conservation projects, excavations, fellowships, and other exchanges of scholars, researchers, and staff.

Extensive information about the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibitions, collections, programs, and other activities is available on its website. Details about the Museum’s international activities can be found on the Met Around the World page of the website.

* * *Please note:

The GMLC program is not open to the public. Press interested in covering a session should contact the Metropolitan Museum’s Communications Department at communications@metmuseum.org or 212-570-3951; access will be limited.


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