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The Collections Store
Save the Date: Drinks with Samantha Hamilton
Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM
April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This is an opportunity to preview the new Collections Store at Arts Centre Melbourne, which is not open to the public until July 2023.
The visit will be hosted by Samantha Hamilton who is the Head of Collections, Preservation and Access at Arts Centre Melbourne. She leads collections management, conservation and public access programs including exhibitions and digital innovation.
The Arts Centre is custodian of the performing arts and public arts collections. Given the collection’s size and scope, The Collections Store emerged as a solution to finding new storage facilities that are accessible to audiences. The project is an opportunity to also create innovative pathways for public and industry learning, research, and engagement.
With nearly 800,000 items from iconic Australian artists and companies including Dame Nellie Melba, Barry Humphries, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Bangarra and Circus Oz, to name but a few, it’s no exaggeration to say the collection encompasses items from all realms of Australia’s live performance history. Beyond the history of the performing arts The Collections Store is also about offering a window into the work and science involved in developing, managing, preserving and sharing a collection of delicate historical objects.
The Collections Store will not only house parts of the collection, but will be a live, working space where curators, registrars, conservators and exhibitions staff do their work. The new space will include a photography studio for digitisation, a conservation lab to preserve the collection and an ‘internal street’ where the spotlighting and storytelling of collections items can be tested and shared through small displays and public engagements.
Refreshments will be provided.