Wednesday offsite sessions

Offsite sessions will run as part of the main conference program for AMaGA2020, select one tour only.

Wednesday 20 May 2020
1330-1700

Bus transportation is included for all offsite sessions. Once on a tour you will not be able to change or attend other tours.

Note there are no alternative sessions on Wednesday afternoon for those that do not attend the offsite sessions.


Community led local history, Indigenous collections

Location: Hall Museum and Heritage Centre
Cost: Free of charge (donation before you leave the museum would be appreciated)
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: Share the highs and lows of community based collecting and historic storytelling. Fully managed by volunteers, this organisation bats above its weight in liaising with First Peoples, managing collections and mounting regular exhibitions.


Community Challenges Old and New

Location: Lanyon Homestead and Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Cost: Free of charge
Time: 1345-1700
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: Canberra is more than the capital city – it has both a long rural history (including convicts) and a fresh and provocative contemporary art scene. See both poles in one excursion visiting a large rural property and a place where local artists challenge community perceptions.

There is a cafe at Lanyon but you will need a hat, sunscreen, walking shoes and water. The bus trip out will be about 35 mins.


Growing for Conservation, Research and Education

Location: Australian National Botanic Gardens and National Arboretum
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: National collections that are planted in the ground and treasures that are subject to weather. Get an insight into managing a living collection as you discover Australia’s distinctive plants in the Gardens and stroll through nascent forests at the Arboretum.

There are cafes at both locations but you will need a hat, sunscreen, walking shoes and water.


Big Change in a Heritage Building

Location: National Archives of Australia and the Canberra Fire Museum
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: Canberra’s first fire station holds both challenge and delight in 100 years of collection items and the installation of new permanent galleries at the NAA has held both for the staff there, who will discuss their journey during this tour.

Please wear closed toe shoes.


Practice of democracy, art collections in a working building

Location: Old Parliament House
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 55 people

 

 


First Nations GLAM professionals networking

Location: AIATSIS, Acton Peninsula
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 40 people

Focus: We warmly invite all First Peoples delegates to visit the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Learn about AIATSIS and how you can engage with us, and network with other First Nations professionals over light refreshments.


High Brutalism and Visual Heritage

Location: High Court and National Gallery
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: Both buildings are world class examples of this 20th century architectural movement and both contribute to the identity and shared story of our nation – on through preserving art and the other, our legal rights.


Collecting, Conserving and Containing – Mitchell facilities

Location: TBC
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 30 people

Focus: Visit some of the National Institutions’ large, offsite collections facilities at Mitchell to find out how diverse, and often fragile, objects are stored, repaired or restored and preserved for all Australians.


Strolling through History, Heritage and Bells

Location: Lake Burley Griffin, Blundells Cottage and the National Carillon
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: Join an experienced guide to dabble in Canberra history and the Griffin design before exclusive visits to both a worker’s cottage (built 1860, occupied for 100 years) and the largest concert instrument in Australia.

Some fitness required, wear walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, carry water.


Nolan Hack and Local Makers Experience

Locations: Canberra Museum & Gallery and Craft ACT
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 40 people

Focus: For the cool kids – enjoy a museum hack-style experience of the new Nolan Collection Gallery at CMAG, explore the collections and see the work of the best local Canberra makers.

10 minute walk one way, onsite café open until 3pm. BYO device.


Digitising collection, using collection

Location: National Film & Sound Archive Australia
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: Go behind the scenes with knowledgeable staff to learn more about the race to preserve our visual and audio heritage whilst keeping the collection in the public arena. Enjoy the Vinyl Lounge as part of this visit.


Money and Practical Magic

Location:  The Royal Australian Mint and the Ian Potter Technical Learning Centre
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 40 people

Focus: Exhibitions. The Royal Australian Mint is a working factory site providing for all of Australia’s coin currency needs. Come and see how the Mint brings the Australian story to everyday life by using the coins in your pocket. Just next door, get a behind the scenes tour of The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre, the hub for Questacon’s national outreach, exhibition production and our purpose built Maker Space for engaging school groups in a hands-on investigation of the innovation process


Regional engagement for lifelong learning

Location: National Library of Australia
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 55 people

Focus: The National Library is working to engage audiences outside Canberra across a range of community outreach activities. Find out how we connect students, teachers, library users and public event attendees with their national collection.


Chamber of Treasures

Location: National Library of Australia
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity: 15 people

Focus: Caring for books, paintings, manuscripts and more. Join expert conservators on a tour of the Library’s preservation lab. Hear about the work they do to preserve the Library’s diverse collections.


Born or Built?

Location: Questacon
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity:  TBC

Focus: Education,Exhibition.                                                                                                                                                                                                Questacon’s latest major exhibition examines the blurring lines between humanity and technology. The exhibition and accompanied theatre performance pose questions about who ‘we’ are and what we want for our future. The exhibition has helped to engage new audiences with surprising outcomes including as a conversation starter in secondary and university courses.


Museum of Australian Democracy OPEN – For Cultural Colleagues

Location: Old Parliament House
Cost: Free of charge
Capacity:  TBC

Focus: One of Australia’s youngest museums is housed in this national heritage-listed building. Visit behind the scenes and interpreted spaces with MoAD colleagues, as well as viewing current exhibitions, including the award-winning PlayUP family space.


Megalo: A behind the scenes tour and print your own adventure

Location: Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT
Cost: $20
Capacity: 40 people

Visit Megalo’s world-class printmaking facilities and enjoy a guided tour of the studies: Learn about the history of this 40 year old organisation; see samples and hear about various printmaking methods and the equipment used to make them; view the current printmaking exhibition by a contemporary Australian artist; and hand print your own tote bag and post card with our ready-made designs.


Glassworks – Make your own tumbler or vase

Location: Glassworks
Cost: $135 (includes postage)
Time: One-on-one 40 minute session, 5 sessions only – 1220, 1300, 1340, 1400 and 1500

This is a special workshop for AMAGA attendees. In this 40 minute one-on-one session with the expert guidance of a glass blowing teaching artist, learn some of the basic glass blowing techniques to make a tumbler or vase. Seated at a bench on the Hotshop floor, you will use glass blowing tools including jacks, blocks, paddles and punties to shape the molten glass into a vessel, before placing the finished work in an annealer (a kiln that cools the piece at a controlled rate to avoid stressing and cracking the glass).

Glass will need to anneal (cool down slowly in a kiln) for at least 48 hours and therefore they won’t be available to take home on the day. Postage of your work will be arranged.

Hair must be pulled back and closed in shoes must be worn.


Glassworks – Make your own glass tile

Location: Glassworks
Cost: $30 (additional $10 for postage)
Time: TBC

On this tour, groups will learn how to cut and fuse glass in a kiln to create a coloured glass tile of their own design.

Glass tiles will need to anneal (cool down slowly in a kiln) for at least 48 hours and therefore they won’t be available to take home on the day. If you are unable to collect the tile 48 hours after completion of workshop, postage of your work can be arranged and it will incur an additional charge.

Hair must be pulled back and closed in shoes must be worn.


Glassworks – Make your own glass tile plus a tour of the Canberra Glassworks

Location: Glassworks
Cost: $40 (additional $10 for postage)
Time: TBC

In this program, groups begin with a behind the scenes tour of the Canberra Glassworks and all things glass and then they proceed to the Engine room where they will learn how cut and fuse coloured glass to make their own tile.

Glass tiles will need to anneal (cool down slowly in a kiln) for at least 48 hours and therefore they won’t be available to take home on the day. If you are unable to collect the tile 48 hours after completion of workshop, postage of your work can be arranged and it will incur an additional charge.

Hair must be pulled back and closed in shoes must be worn.