ART HANDLING FOR STORAGE AND EXHIBITION INSTALLATION; EXAMINING REAL LIFE SITUATIONS

Published March 15, 2017


OAAG WORKSHOP: ART HANDLING FOR STORAGE AND EXHIBITION INSTALLATION; EXAMINING REAL LIFE SITUATIONS

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue (Dundas St. West & University Ave., St Patrick subway)
Toronto, ON M5G 2H5

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), our members and partners, as we delve into the best strategies, skills and practices for handling an art collection; learning how to better preserve Canadian cultural property and artwork in storage and during exhibition installation within one’s organizations and institutions.   

CONTENT PRESENTERS:

  • Hillary Anderson, Conservator, Textile Museum of Canada
  • Julia Fenn, Retired Ethnographic Conservator, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Imma Gobunquin, Assistant Registrar, Aga Khan Museum
  • Alexandra Kim, Acting Curator, Montgomery’s Inn
  • Suzanne Petersen, Collections Manager, Bata Shoe Museum
  • Jennifer Nicoll, Collections Manager/Exhibition Coordinator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Scott Wallis, Preparator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The public art museum and gallery sector is experiencing baby boomer retirement. Through succession planning, many galleries and museums find that there is no sufficient training for art handling for the next generation of art museum and gallery professionals, including emerging professionals new to the sector and mid-level professionals who will be in senior positions in the future.

This workshop will share professional standards for art handling during storage and exhibition installation. We will look into art handling policies that adhere to conservation and documentation standards.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • Policies and Art Handling
    • This session will delve into the making of policies and procedure for handling artwork while maintaining high levels of conservation. The exploration of storage and exhibition processes, staff training, who should be handling the artwork, managing errors and mitigating risk will be covered. There will be a focus on larger and smaller scale institutions as well as trianing of new staff/emerging professionals.
  • Interactive Session on Art Handling Policies: When Policies Are and Are not Followed
    • This topic will explore situation-based problem solving in art handling practices. The session will discuss how mistakes occur and identify procedures that require a one-time change or overall revision of the procedure. Participants will learn about different risk management steps.
  • The Basics of Art Handling: Practical Crash Course
    • Through this workshop participants will understand best practices and gain knowledge and skills on handling objects, photographs, and drawings.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Museums Assistance Program for their support. OAAG gratefully acknowledges the Textile Museum of Canada for venue and logistical support.