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Upcoming Programs

OAAG WORKSHOP: DIGITIZATION OF COLLECTIONS

-ONE DAY PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP-

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1W7


Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), our members and partners, as we delve into the best strategies, skills and practices associated with the digitization of collections and its concomitant issues like licensing and copyright.

THIS WORKSHOP WILL APPEAL TO:

Content Developers
Collections Assistants and Managers
Curators
IT Professionals
Art Handlers/Artists
Students
Volunteers

REGISTRATION:

Email completed registration form to Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant, members@oaag.org, with subject line – ATTN: Digitization of Collections Registration


$250 Non-Members
$150 OAAG Members
$45 Student w/ proof (Student ID)

NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. Preference given to OAAG Members.

*LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED*

CONTENT PRESENTERS:

  • Christian Bédard, Coordinator, Canadian Artists Copyright Collective
  • Matthew Hyland, Director, Oakville Galleries
  • Julie Bronson, Collections Administrator, McMaster Museum of Art
  • Suzanne Petersen, Collections Manager, Bata Shoe Museum
  • Roxane Shaughnessy, Curator, Collections and Access, Textile Museum of Canada

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

The Digital era has changed how culture and heritage is consumed. Visibility and access to collections are a key priority to museums and public art galleries. Digitization of collections increases both visibility and access. Small and medium sized public art galleries and museums in particular are interested in knowing how to move forward with the digitization of their collections.

This workshop will explore building and sustaining digital collections and making them accessible, as well as understanding the impact on the museum and gallery. The presenters will discuss and share their knowledge from their institutional perspectives providing practical solutions, knowledge and skills.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • Planning a Digitizatin Project: Case Studies from McMaster Museum of Art and Oakville Galleries
    • This component will provide participants with information about collections management and web publishing software used to publish collections information on the web. It will offer ideas for assessing an institiutions needs and establishing a digitization plan, suggestions for funding sources and descriptions of how copyright issues are handled. Additionally, an overview of ongoing triaged at the McMaster Museum of Art and Oakville Galleries.
  • Connecting Collections to Audiences
    • This topic will explore broadening audience engagement through online databases, objects, interactive websites and mobile technologies.
  • Image Licensing, Image Copyright and Image Quality
    • Through this session participants will learn about different processes for creating and producing high quality images, best practices in image licensing and the different issues and complexities of copyright.

You can find the schedule of the day, here.

For more information regarding this workshop, please contact Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant with subject line - ATTN: Digitization of Collections- to members@oaag.org or call (416) 598-0714

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Museums Assistance Program for their support.

 OAAG gratefully acknowledges the Bata Shoe Museum for providing a venue and logistical support.

 

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

-ONE DAY PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP-

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

There is no museum parking lot.

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.   

THIS WORKSHOP WILL APPEAL TO:

Exhibition Coordinators
Art Handlers
Curators
Collection Managers
Directors
Board Members
Students
VolunteersREGISTRATION:

Due by: March 12, 2017. Email completed registration form to Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant: members@oaag.org, with subject line – ATTN: Art Handling Workshop Registration.

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.

You can find the schedule of the day, here.

For more information regarding this workshop, please contact Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant, with subject line - ATTN: Art Handling Workshop Inquiry- to members@oaag.org or call (416) 598-0714

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.

CCI WORKSHOP: MODERN INFORMATION CARRIERS AND DIGITAL PRESERVATION

***** REGISTRATION FULL *****

Two-day professional development workshop
Wednesday, February 8 - Thursday, February 9, 2017
Toronto International Film Festival, 350 King St West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X5
Presented in partnership with the Ontario Museums Association and Canadian Conservation Institute.

Description

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Museum Association present Modern Information Carriers and Digital Preservation, a Canadian Conservation Institute Workshop. This workshop discusses preservation of physical carriers and best practices for preserving digital information. Topics covered include the structure, composition and format of various types of modern information recording media. Deterioration, longevity and appropriate storage and handling recommendations are discussed. Also covered are tools for taking stock of existing digital assets and for developing digital preservation policies, plans and procedures. Software and hardware solutions for digital preservation in small to medium-sized heritage institutions are also recommended.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify and explain differences in structure, composition and format of various types of recording media;
  • identify the main deterioration problems and understand their effects on media;
  • understand factors affecting longevity and choose media for maximum lifespan;
  • implement proper handling and storage procedures for various media;
  • systematically approach the task of preserving modern information carriers;
  • identify digital assets in their institution and assess risk and impacts of losing access to these;
  • develop a digital preservation policy, plan and procedures; and
  • install and use hardware and software for the purpose of preserving digital assets in smaller heritage institutions.

Topics Discussed include:

  • Structure, Composition, and Formats
  • Deterioration
  • Longevity
  • Storage and Handling
  • Decision Tree for Preservation of Media
  • Taking Stock of Existing Digital Resources
  • Digital Preservation Policy Development
  • Digital Preservation Plan Development
  • Examples of Digital Preservation Hardward and Software for Small Heritage Institutions

    Website: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1445370565233

    Registration Fees:


    $220.00 + HST - OMA or OAAG Member (Individual or Institutional)
    $275.00 + HST - Non-Member

Registration costs include workshop materials, lunch and refreshments for two days.

*****REGISTRATION FULL *****

Registration is now full! To be added on to the waiting list, please contact:

Mary Collier
Professional Development Program Manager
Ontario Museum Association
Email: pd@museumsontario.ca

For more information please visit the OMA Website:

https://members.museumsontario.ca/events/44328/info

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OAAG WORKSHOP: COLLECTIONS THROUGH THE PRISM OF DIVERSITY SERIES:
RESPONDING TO DIVERSITY THROUGH CHANGING AND GROWING THE COLLECTION

ONE-DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

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Image: Intergalatic Noise / Black Future Month Panel - Friday, Feb 26, 2016. Art Gallery of Mississauga.
Panel included: Danilo McCallum, Quentin VerCetty, Camille Turner and moderated by CBC Exhibitionists host Amanda Parris.
Photo Credit: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

Paid Parking Available: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/offstreetpaidparking
(Underground at the Civic Centre)

Registration and workshop located in Commitee Room A on the second floor.

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), our members and partners, as we delve into best practices strategies, and tools for changing and growing a collection; more specifically how institutions can consider acquiring art from culturally diverse and Indigenous communities, whilst working within the mission and mandate of one’s organization, in new and exciting ways.

THIS WORKSHOP WILL APPEAL TO:

Trustees
Directors
Curators
Collection Managers
Students and Volunteers

REGISTRATION:

Due by: November 30th, 2016email completed registration form to members@oaag.org, with subject line – ATTN Engaging Audiences

$250 Non-Members
$150 OAAG Members
$45 Student w/ valid Student ID
PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. Preference will be given to OAAG Members.

*LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED*

Please submit the Dietary Restrictions Request Form with your Registration Form

CONTENT PRESENTERS:

  • Glen Bloom, Acting Chair, Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board
  • Christine Braun, Collections/Researcher Manager, Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Laura Carusi, Curatorial and Collections Coordinator, Art Gallery of Mississauga
  • Lloyd DeWitt, Chief Curator, Chrysler Museum Art Gallery
  • Elizabeth Edwards, Executive Director, Art Dealers Association of Canada
  • Melissa LaVallee, Appraisal Coordinator, Art Dealers Association of Canada
  • Mandy Salter, Director & Curator, Art Gallery of Mississauga

 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Mandy Salter, Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga, will lead this workshop series. The AGM is engaging in a forward thinking acquisition plan reflecting the cultural diversity of the city, region, as well as the historical diversity of Canada. Public art galleries and art museums are committed to acquiring works of art from culturally diverse and Indigenous communities, however this often requires considering how their acquisition plans are aligned with their missions and mandates.

Participants will also gain knowledge, expertise and information on acquisition policies, procedures when considering acquiring new works. Participants will also learn about deaccessioning and disposal.

To view the schedule, please visit here.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • Framing the conversation on how the institution prepares and equips itself to commit to acquiring work of artists from culturally diverse and Indigenous communities.
  • Making and Maintaining Collections: This section will delve into acquisition policies, best practices and processes
  • Understanding Donations and Gifting: Participants will gain insight into donations and gifting through learning:
  • The differences between in-kind donations and Cultural Property donations
  • Requirements of a Cultural Property Application
  • The components of a fair market appraisal or how to read an appraisal
  • Choosing an appraiser
  • Deaccessioning and Disposal:
      • Provenance research
      • Involving and informing donors, heirs and estate representatives
      • Changing institutional attitudes about divesting
      • Alternatives to deaccessioning

For more information regarding this workshop, please contact Raine Laurent-Eugène: Program Coordinator, with subject line QstN Responding to Diversity - to members@oaag.org or call (416) 598-0714.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Museums Assistance Program for their support.

 OAAG gratefully acknowledges the Art Gallery of Mississauga for providing a venue and logistical support.

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OAAG WORKSHOP: COLLECTIONS THROUGH THE PRISM OF DIVERSITY SERIES:
ENGAGING AUDIENCES: NEW AND EXISTING

ONE-DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

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Image: OMA Vision Circle, April 2016. Great Hall, Mississauga Civic Centre.
Photo Credit: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

Paid Parking Available: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/offstreetpaidparking
(Underground at the Civic Centre)

Registration and workshop located in Commitee Room A on the second floor.

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), our members and partners, as we delve into best practice strategies for cultural programming and obtain tools the to reach diverse communities. Also, learn how to program niche or specialized collections, whilst working within the mission and mandate of one’s organizations, in new and exciting ways.

THIS WORKSHOP WILL APPEAL TO:
Programmers
Educators
Curators
Artists
Directors
Collection Managers
Students and Volunteers

REGISTRATION:

Due by: December 1st, 2016email completed registration form to members@oaag.org, with subject line – ATTN Engaging Audiences

$250 Non-Members
$150 OAAG Members
$45 Student w/ valid Student ID
PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. Preference will be given to OAAG Members.

*LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED*

Please submit the Dietary Restrictions Request Form with your Registration Form

CONTENT PRESENTERS:

Kendra Ainsworth, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Mississauga
Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
Ruba Kana'an, Head of Education and Scholarly Programs, Aga Khan Museum
Janis Monture, Executive Director of Woodland Cultural Centre & Co-Artistic Director of PlanetIndigenUS
Jarret Sherman, CEO, Digital Howard, Toronto
Fiona Wright, Educator, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Rachelle Dickenson, Post Graduate Student, Carleton University

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Public Art Galleries and museums are reconsidering their role in communities and the role of their audiences. Curators, Educators and other institutional content creators are implementing new programming to connect their collections and exhibitions to community and audiences. This workshop will examine public engagement programs and centre on practical and conceptual topics for understanding and implementing public programs.

To view schedule, please visit here.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • Variable meanings and models of public engagement in public art galleries and museums:  The term public engagement is framed in a variety of ways and includes: audience, participation, and education, among others. This topic will unpack the variable meanings and models of public engagement undertaken by galleries and museums, serving as a conceptual tool for the entire workshop.
  • Diversity in collections and audiences: This component will explore strategies and processes for public programs undertaken with a focus on making visible niche or specialized collections aimed at reaching diverse audiences. This topic will also consider how to reach and develop specific audiences and its niche.
  • Transforming Institutions: This component will explore best engagement strategies for a new Public to define and successfully delivery the Mission of an institution.

For more information regarding this workshop, please contact Raine Laurent-Eugène: Program Coordinator, with subject line QstN Engaging Audiences - to members@oaag.org or call (416) 598-0714.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Museums Assistance Program for their support.

 OAAG gratefully acknowledges the Art Gallery of Mississauga for providing a venue and logistical support.

2015-2016 Programs

OAAG WORKSHOP: CARING FOR COLLECTIONS, CARING FOR WORK: ENGAGING, RECRUITING & TRAINING COLLECTION CARETAKERS

Image: Pedro Reyes: Sanatorium. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2014.
Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.

One-day professional development workshop/symposium
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Museum London
421 Ridout Street North
London, ON N6A 5H4

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), its members and its partners, as we delve into the complexities, successes and potentials of training collection caretakers through experiential, practical and informative presentations and discussions.

This workshop would appeal to those who are:

  • Thinking about care work in public art galleries;
  • Seeking information on establishing a collections-based volunteer or student placement program;
  • Adopting, restructuring or animating docent volunteer training programs;
  • Developing or adopting curatorial internships and placements;
  • Emerging gallery or cultural workers requiring skill development in designing volunteer programs or engaging in collections care-taking.

Register by 10am, Wednesday, April 20, by emailing a completed registration form to cmelville@oaag.org

CONTENT PRESENTERS

  • Margaret Haupt (Deputy Director, Collections Management and Conservation, AGO)
  • Chris Gehman (Research and Collections Intern Manager, Vtape)
  • Lee Jones (Volunteer Management Consultant, Lee Jones Coaching & Consulting)
  • Steve Mavers (Curator of Education, Museum London)
  • Amanda Rataj (Visitor Services Coordinator, The Power Plant)
  • Matthew Ryan Smith (Curator, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

While volunteering in large institutions through docent programs has become a regular aspect of public art galleries, how are such programs transforming and evolving? What other dynamic models of collections engagement, care and training do public art galleries and other art institutions employ to maintain their collections and animate their exhibitions? How are such programs building future audiences and collection custodians, emerging cultural workers and art gallery leaders?
 
The workshop will assess successes and future growth associated with implementing dynamic collection care-taking programs and animating exhibitions with care, and also assess best practices and key requirements for designing such programs.

This workshop offers opportunities:

  • To discuss the complexities, successes and potentials of volunteer programs at public art galleries;
  • To reflect on dynamic care-taking programs that conserve collections and animate exhibitions;
  • To assess the requirements of collection care-taking programs and recruiting caretakers;
  • To develop and design dynamic collection care-taking programs;
  • To view current exhibitions at Museum London;
  • To exchange in meaningful networking-opportunity and knowledge exchange among colleagues;
  • To apply what they have learned at their own galleries and institutions.

To view the tentative schedule, please visit here.

Image: Opening Reception: Free Play, Museum London, London, ON, 2016.  
Photo provided by Museum London

REGISTRATION

$150 – Non Members
$125 – OAAG Members
$45 – Students

OAAG has limited registration spots. Preference will be given to OAAG Members.

To register, send a completed registration form to cmelville@oaag.org with ‘Register - OAAG Collection Care-taking Workshop’ in the subject line.

Target audience: Curators, Collections Managers, Curators of Education, Conservators, Volunteer Coordinators, Visitor Services Coordinators, Human Resource Managers, Education Coordinators, Students, Volunteers.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.

Thank you to Museum London for providing venue accommodations and support.

 

Past Programs

OAAG WORKSHOP: TRANSPORTATION OF CULTURAL PROPERTY & ARTWORK INSIDE & OUTSIDE OF CANADA


Photo credits: Thank you to the Aga Khan Museum

One-day professional development workshop
Monday, February 8, 2016
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7

Presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries with Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre.

-Registration Closed -

To be added to the waiting list, please fill out the registration form and email it to members@oaag.org

CONTENT PRESENTERS

Stephanie Allen, Chief Registrar, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Cara Krmpotich, Associate Professor, Museum Studies program; Director, Concurrent Registration Option & Collaborative Programs; Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Ceridwen Maycock, Manager, Loans & Art Transit, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Jennifer Nicoll, Collections Manager/Exhibition Coordinator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Christopher Régimbal, Exhibition and Projects Coordinator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre
Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The workshop will explore professional knowledge, skills and practices needed for managing collections and exhibitions while they travel. We will look into transporting artworks from collections within Canada and to/from Canada, including customs procedures. The workshop will address the complexities of cultural property. We will look into how to handle a variety of artwork so that the conservation of high value Canadian artwork is maintained during transportation, ensuring Canadians continued access to these artworks. The workshop will look into case-by-case studies of touring exhibitions and registrants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.

This is a timely and important topic that needs to be addressed — the last time OAAG did a similar workshop was 12 years ago. Since that time, public art galleries have seen staff turnover, their collections have grown and transportation laws have changed.

MORE PRESENTERS AND CONTENT TO BE ANNOUNCED!


Photo credits: Thank you to the National Gallery of Canada

REGISTRATION

-Registration Closed -

$150 – Non Members
$125 – OAAG Members
$45 – Students

OAAG has limited registration spots. Preference will be given to OAAG Members.

Target audience: Directors, Curators, Artists, Transit and Loans Officers, Shipping and Receiving Personnel, Collections Managers, Exhibitions Coordinators, Project Coordinators, Students, Volunteers

If you have any questions please call (416) 598-0714, or email members@oaag.org

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.

Thank you to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre.

Photo credits: Thank you to the Aga Khan Museum (image 1) and the National Gallery of Canada (image 2).

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ART GALLERIES' COMMENCES MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

From left to right: Suzanne Smoke, Naomi Johnson, Tina Chu, Astrid Ho, Patrick Macaulay, Mark V. Campbell, Pamela Edmonds, Johnson Ngo. December 2014. Photo by Calvert Quach.

TORONTO, ONTARIO—The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is pleased to announce the commencement of its Mentorship Program as part of its Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project.

The new mentorship program provides six culturally diverse mentorees with the opportunity to accelerate their careers by connecting them to senior arts leaders in public galleries in Ontario.  Each mentoree is paired with a mentor. The mentorees are given the freedom to determine their own mentoring agenda, which can include regular meetings and activities that focus on building leadership skills in the public arts sector.

The program addresses the development of skills in leadership, governance, change management, cultural pluralism, strategic planning and personal skills. By addressing these areas it serves to benefit individuals and organizations within the public art gallery sector.

Mentorees include:

  • Mark V. Campbell, Executive Director, Nia Centre for the Arts
  • Tina Chu, independent
  • Astrid Ho, Print Sales Manager and Archivist, Open Studio
  • Johnson Ngo, Assistant, Adult Program/Public Programming & Learning, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Suzanne Smoke, Aboriginal Cultural Coordinator/Curator, Georgina Arts Centre & Biindigen Gallery

Mentors include:

  • Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator, Art Gallery of York University
  • Deepali Dewan, Senior Curator, South Asian Arts & Culture, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Pamela Edmonds, Curator/Co-Director, Third Space Art Projects
  • Naomi Johnson, Artistic Director, Woodland Cultural Centre
  • Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre
  • Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Arts, Art Gallery of Windsor

Some participants in the program have chosen to remain private.

The project, which received funding in December 2013, was born out of the identification of significant gaps in culturally diversity at the executive level in the arts sector. The project consists of this Mentorship Program, workshops and a project website.

All project information – including mentorees’ and mentors’ biographies, consultant information and other resources – is available at http://www.ontarioartsleadership.com/.

OAAG WORKSHOP: NEW PRINCIPLES OF ART MUSEUM EXHIBITION DESIGN AND INSTALLATION



Marlon Griffith, Ring of Fire, 300-Person Street Procession, Sunday August 9, 2015.
Commissioned by AGYU. Curated by Emelie Chhangur. Photo: Juan Pablo Pinto Mendoza

-Registration Closed -

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 9am-5pm
Room 130 in Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON

Presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in conjunction with Art Gallery of York University

PRESENTERS

Ellen Anderson, Executive and Managing Director, Creative Spirit Art Centre, Toronto
Rebecca Gimmi, Programme Coordinator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
Christina Kerr, Lead Artist Educator, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
Stephanie Nadeau, Curator of Public Engagement, Ottawa Art Gallery
Wanda Nanibush, Curator, Image and Word Warrior
Christopher Régimbal,
Exhibition and Projects Coordinator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
Elizabeth Sweeney, Manager of Public Programs and ARTReach, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Syrus Marcus Ware, Program Coordinator of Youth Programs, Art Gallery of Ontario / PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies, York University

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


This day-long workshop is chaired by Emelie Chhangur, Curator/Assistant Director of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU). Chhangur has won the OAAG Award for Exhibition Installation and Design five times over the past nine years.

NEW PRINCIPLES OF ART MUSEUM EXHIBITION DESIGN AND INSTALLATION
focuses on the following pressing questions: Can innovation in exhibition design and installation change how art is experienced and by whom (through new models of accessible design or performative modes of engagement)? What are the potential forces of change that can transform the gallery or museum institution from within?

Emilie Chhangur opened the workshop through a reading of her introduction (Available to view and download here).

Art galleries and museums are re-imaging traditional modes of exhibition-making to broaden accessibility to all visitors. Curators are creating innovative exhibition design as performative propositions for new, embodied forms of interpretation with an eye to the diverse spectrum of bodies this encompasses.

As well, programs are emerging specifically to address systemic barriers and thus change how we experience visual art and material culture. Art galleries and museums are collaborating with artists to re-imagine what constitutes the disciplinary knowledge of contemporary art by innovating new models for its production that involve and implicate all members on staff.

As a consequence of this dynamic situation, the art gallery and museum is transforming; its roles and functions are expanding and its programming categories are collapsing.
This is good news!

This workshop for curators, exhibition coordinators, educators, and preparators is a training opportunity for public galleries and art museums in new principles for exhibition installation and design with an eye toward performativity and accessibility. It is an opportunity to collectively investigate the future place of collections within this dynamic milieu and to explore how the art gallery or museum might situate itself within a constellation of forces now acting on its traditions, policies, practices, and routines so to become an agent of change and not a custodian of the status quo.

As museums and galleries are transforming their capacities to work with contemporary artists, pressure must be put on existing mandates and changes enacted behind the scenes: public institutions must learn how to problem solve differently rather than to impose a critical path of timelines and deadlines on the work being created and to learn other protocols other than institutional ones. At times this might mean rethinking how the gallery or museum views its own trajectory: from a project-by-project timeline, to a seamless, ever-evolving entity.

There will be a framing conversation on how the institution prepares and equips itself to work with and serve artists and curators in realizing an innovative artwork that requires significant gallery transformation. This transformation means that the gallery/museum does not “absorb” new practices but performatively undertakes them, that the gallery/museum does not neutralize politics but enacts them along side the artists, curators, and communities the institution works with, and that the gallery/museum does not pay lip service to “priorities” of arts councils but instead actively leads the charge toward new cultural paradigms.

PRESENTATIONS (Alphabetical by presenter last name. Full day’s schedule to be sent to registrants.)

Ellen Anderson. The new principles of Universal Access in Exhibition and design of exhibitions includes a new normal use of electronic applications which are developed for the general public for use on computers and cell phones. Exhibitions embrace a new aesthetics of exhibitions presentation including considerations and accommodations for: visually impaired and blind people; lighting and colour design for controls on art presentation; children; mothers with infants; people with disabilities; and elderly populations.

Emelie Chhangur. Using past exhibition projects and the AGYU as a case study, Chhangur will talk about performative exhibition design and new modes of civic engagement while addressing notions of “in-reach” and the role it can play in the transformation of art galleries. She will give tour of the exhibition Marlon Griffith: Symbols of Endurance currently installed in the AGYU galleries.

Rebecca Gimmi and Christopher Régimbal will discuss the approach to exhibition design and outreach for the exhibition The Flesh of the World, currently on view at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, and Doris McCarthy Gallery. They will pay specific attention engaging audiences with a variety of physical abilities and disabilities whose unique embodiments are the subject of the exhibition. Inspired by the 2015 XVII Pan American and Parapan American Games and the work of the philosopher of phenomenology, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Flesh of the World is an exhibition presenting diverse and complex views of the body that might deepen qualities typically associated with competitive sports and games, such as the relationship between the body and technology, and how the senses might offer new forms of knowledge to corporeal performance and potential.

Christina Kerr will discuss The Art of Inclusion produced by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. It is a guide to developing and delivering accessible and inclusive programs within arts and cultural organizations. It was funded by the EnAbling Change Program through the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure in Ontario.

Stephanie Nadeau
will talk about recent work at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) towards more accessible exhibition design and increased support for artists working with OAG’s public art collections. Specifically this presentation will focus on the 2014 exhibition Open Spaces, which featured nine women artists living with the label of developmental disability, responding to their choice of artworks from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art.

Wanda Nanibush will discuss the relation of the body to curatorial practices. How and why do artists challenge museum practices with organic materials, liquids, and live bodies. How and why would a museum be interested in decomposition and intervention as opposed to preservation and unified narratives. We will also discuss how the answers to these questions affect the presentation of two often separated artistic practices: Indigenous performance art and objects from Indigenous antiquity. 

In August of 2014, Syrus Marcus Ware and Elizabeth Sweeney co-curated Re:purpose – an interactive group exhibition that focused on celebrating the work of marginalized artists, with a particular focus on the intersections of disability, gender, racialization and class. The exhibition considered the artists’ creative repurposing and reclaiming of objects (and ideas), moving beyond limited notions of access and accommodation and towards self determination and pre-figurative political imaginings. In this discussion, Syrus and Elizabeth will provide an overview of the exhibition and key themes and considerations. Drawing on Re:purpose, they will also discuss the continued lack of diversity in the Canadian arts ecology, and the pressing need to develop new ways for audiences to engage with and access art.

INTERACTIVE SESSION: Curating Public Engagement This session will focus on strategies for recognizing and disrupting institutional power dynamics inherent to the curatorial role.  Participants will be led in a guided discussion on how to embrace collaborative strategies for exhibition making from a public engagement perspective. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring their own projects or initiatives to the table. 

REGISTRATION

Program Registration Form (available in PDF or word doc format)

$125 OAAG Members
$150 General
$45 Students

Registration includes workshop materials and lunch/refreshments.

To register, please fill out the Program Registration Form (available here) and return form to Brendan Coughlin, Membership and Program Assistant, OAAG.

Registration contact:
Brendan Coughlin, Membership and Programs Assistant
members@oaag.org
Phone: (416) 598-0714

OAAG is looking into a bus from downtown Toronto and a discounted hotel rate in downtown Toronto. Please inquire.

You may be eligible for a CMA bursary for travel and other expenses: http://www.museums.ca/site/bursaries

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.

Thank you to the Department of Visual Art and Art History, York University.

Coordinated by Veronica Quach, Assistant Director, Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Photo Credit: Marlon Griffith, Ring of Fire, 300-Person Street Procession, Sunday August 9, 2015. Commissioned by AGYU. Curated by Emelie Chhangur. Photo: Juan Pablo Pinto Mendoza

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CCI WORKSHOP: EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

-Registration is Currently Full-

Two-day professional development workshop
Wednesday, February 24 - Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3
Presented by Ontario Association of Art Galleries in partnership with Ontario Museum Association and Canadian Conservation Institute

Description


The Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Museum Association present Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Institutions, a Canadian Conservation Institute Workshop. This workshop discusses the importance of preparing for emergencies, shows how to form and train an emergency response team, provides guidance in creating an effective emergency plan, and offers training in the salvage of water-damaged collections. The workshop is highly interactive and includes lectures, demonstrations, discussions, group exercises and hands-on activities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify the principal emergency risks affecting their collections
  • develop a written emergency response plan for their institution
  • create an emergency response team
  • develop the team’s decision-making skills using emergency scenario exercises
  • salvage water-damaged artifacts and collections
  • employ appropriate health and safety measures in the event of an emergency
  • identify measures to avoid, block, detect and/or respond to potential hazards

Participants will receive and learn how to use the digital CCI Emergency Response Planning Workbook, which includes an associated emergency plan template, worksheets, salvage information and related resources. These materials provide a step-by-step guide to assist participants in creating an emergency response programme on their own after the workshop that is customized to the needs of their institution.

Website: http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/training-formation/list-liste/emerg-urg-eng.aspx

Registration Fees:


$220.00 - OMA or OAAG Member (Individual or Institutional)
$275.00 - Non-Member

Registration costs include workshop materials, lunch and refreshments for two days.

-Registration is Currently Full-

To be placed on the waiting list please contact:

Mary Collier
Professional Development Program Manager
Ontario Museum Association
Email: pd@museumsontario.ca

For more information please visit the OMA Website:

https://members.museumsontario.ca/events/30870/info

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Past Programs

2015 VENICE-FLORENCE-ROME EXCHANGE: REGISTRATION CLOSED

A unique professional development opportunity developed and presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) in Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy. Previous participants rated this professional development program, overall program experience and itinerary as “Excellent.”

We received a high number of inquiries after the registration deadline and have booked additional accommodations in Venice.

This two and a half week professional exchange was an immersive, intensive program in Venice, Florence, and Rome in Italy from May 4 to 20, 2015. It was timed to coincide with the opening of the 56th Venice Biennale.

The program was developed for public art gallery directors, curators and arts professionals. It is also valuable for gallery directors who have been hired into the gallery and museum sector from the larger charitable sector, and who are also charged with developing new museum assets in their communities.

All participants must have a valid passport for travel. Canadians must present a passport, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of their expected departure.


ESTIMATED COST PER PERSON (CANADIAN DOLLARS)

Venice - Florence - Rome (May 4-20) OAAG Member General /
Non-Member
     
Shared Room $4,330 $4,405
Single Room $5,000 $5,075
     
Venice Component Only (May 4-11)    
     
Shared Room $3,310 $3,385
Single Room $3,645 $3,720


Estimated costs include:

  • Admission tickets to Venice Biennale
  • Some admission tickets to galleries and museums
  • Flight from Toronto to Venice
  • Return flight from Rome to Toronto
  • Accommodations in Venice, Florence, and Rome
  • Travel in Italy by train from Venice to Florence, and from Florence to Rome
  • Mandatory shared Italian cell phone
  • Mandatory registration fee – Members $425, General $500. Registration fees help cover the planning of the trip and tour leaders while in Italy.

Costs included some general admission costs to galleries and museums.

DESCRIPTION


The organization of this project was based on economy and mutual benefit. It will be fine-tuned in response to participants' needs.

OAAG delivered a very economical, efficient, concentrated (and safe) learning experience for up to 20 art museum directors, curators, and other visual art professionals in order to strengthen peer-to-peer resource-sharing relationships for their institutions. One hundred per cent of the 2013 participants told us their participation in this professional development activity led to an improvement of their professional knowledge, skills and practices.

OAAG is developing an extensive curriculum that aims to:

  • improve professional knowledge, skills and practices for core art museum and gallery activities and programs
  • strengthen professional standards for collections management
  • build new competencies and increase individual and institutional performance
  • significantly increase networking opportunities with Canadian and international art professionals and colleagues

The itinerary included international museums and galleries, cathedrals and the Vatican Museums. The extensive curriculum aims to provide outstanding examples of preservation and presentation of collections within heritage buildings (challenges of exhibiting within a heritage site, climate considerations, HVAC systems and storage, best practices of international colleagues) from museums and galleries, cathedrals and the Vatican Museums.

This year's intensive two-week program of professional meetings and activities also underscores three other themes: contemporary art presentation strategies in the context of historic settings; the value and role of civic art and architecture in tourist economies; and the exponential value of the hand of the artist and craftsperson in public and domestic architecture.

The first week of the program was spent in Venice at the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Okwui Enwezor was appointed Director of the Visual Arts Sector, with the specific responsibility of curating the 56th International Art Exhibition, to be held in 2015 (Venice, Giardini and Arsenale, May 9th > November 22nd, 2015).  Born in Nigeria in 1963, Okwui Enwezor is a curator, art critic, editor and writer; since 2011 he has been the Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich. He was Artistic Director of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa (1996-1998), of documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany (1998-2002), the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla in Spain (2005-2007), the 7th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (2008) and of the Triennal d’Art Contemporain of Paris at the Palais de Tokyo (2012). Enwezor’s wide-ranging practice spans the world of international exhibitions, museums, academia, and publishing. In 1994 he founded “NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art” published by Duke University Press. He is the author of numerous essays and books, among others: Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art (2008).

This was OAAG's third time taking a group to Italy. The previous programs (2013, 2011) included artist and curator guided tours of pavilions and invitations to private receptions during the Venice Biennale Preview, as well as meetings with institutional directors, curators and exhibition managers in Venice and Florence. OAAG has re-shaped this year's program based on feedback from past participants.

BURSARY OPPORTUNITY

The first five confirmed program registrants who are employed by a public, non-profit museum or related organization in a full-time capacity with no less than five years of accumulated museum work experience may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary in Mid-Career Professional Development. Depending on the number of applicants, the maximum bursary value ranges from $1,000 to $1,500 CAD each. Click here to learn more about the CMA bursary program: http://museums.in1touch.org/site/bursaries_midpd

ITINERARY


May 3, 2015 to May 20, 2015 (18 days)

Activities included visits to and meetings with professionals at the following institutions:

7 Nights in Venice, Italy

  • La Biennale di Venezia (Giardini, Arsenale, off site)
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Palazzo Grassi
  • San Marco Basilica
  • Punta della Dogana
  • Ca' Pesaro

4 Nights in Florence, Italy

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Palazzo Pitti (housing The Palatine Gallery, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Custome Gallery, The Museo delgi Argenti, The Porcelain Museum and The Boboli Gardens)
  • Palazzo Strozzi

6 Nights in Rome, Italy

  • Vatican Museums
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • MAXXI Contemporary Museum
  • National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • MARCO – Museo d'arte Contemporanea Roma
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale


Day trip options

  • Murano from Venice
  • Hadrian Villa & Villa D'est from Rome

    OAAG PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
  • Assist in the development of visual art centres in the province of Ontario
  • Promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of art
  • Support heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections
  • Improve knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions
  • Strengthen professional standards related to key museum functions for collections management
  • Support organizations in the development and delivery of resources or services that will benefit multiple museums

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