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Art gallery re-branded

Greater Shepparton City Council has approved a recommendation to rebrand and rename Shepparton Art Gallery to Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

The rebrand will involve adopting a new logo and visual identity.

Greater Shepparton Deputy Mayor and Art Gallery Advisory Committee Chairperson Michael Polan said the rebrand had come about following significant consultation.

"Consultation was carried out over a six month period, and the results show that overall the public supported the gallery adopting a new identity," Cr Polan said.

"It is hoped that by rebranding the gallery to SAM that it will appeal to a broader demographic of the community, and it will also create a point of difference from other regional galleries."

Gallery staff carried out a number of surveys with members of the public and with students from Shepparton High School, and while there was a diversity of opinion overall respondents wanted to see the gallery become SAM.

Gallery Director Kirsten Paisley said the rebrand would coincide with the reopening of the art gallery following its redevelopment.

"The reopening of the gallery after the major redevelopment, provides a fantastic opportunity for promoting our new collection galleries and new 2012 exhibition and education program. The new name announces these changes and is an opportunity to make a statement about SAM being a place where the whole of the community is welcome."

The gallery will be rolling out the new branding in the lead up to its reopening in February 2012.

For information on the art gallery redevelopment, visit www.sheppartonartgallery.com.au

The Shepparton Art Gallery is a Greater Shepparton City Council facility.

Shepparton Art Gallery to Lead The Way on Led Gallery Lighting

Over the next year, LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting will be installed throughout the whole of Shepparton Art Gallery, as part of a $1.98 million dollar upgrade of the facility.

The Shepparton Art Gallery is believed to be the first gallery in Australia to commit to a total overhaul utilising new LED technology.

Gallery Director Kirsten Paisley said the installation of LED lighting will dramatically improve the carbon emissions of the Gallery, providing an annual reduction in power cost to Council of $14,000.

“It will significantly improve the quality of light in the six new collection galleries and the two temporary galleries, and ultimately provide visitors with a much clearer and more accurate view of the artworks,” Ms Paisley said.

“A further benefit of the new lighting system is that it does not produce any UV light, making it a safe option for the conservation of fragile items such as works on paper.”

The tender for this major redevelopment was awarded to Frank Morretto Building on Tuesday 7 June 2011.
In the meantime the gallery will remain closed until the end of the year however there is now an information booth and small shop in the foyer of the Eastbank Centre open from Monday to Friday 11.00am to 3.00pm.

– Released 20 June 

Education and Community Liaison Assistant Officer (9 month Indigenous identified position)

An outstanding opportunity presents itself for an Indigenous Identified position at this leading Regional Art Gallery on the cusp of exciting change (funded through Arts Victoria Indigenous Arts Residencies).

The Assistant Education and Community Liaison Officer is responsible to the Gallery Director and Education and Public Programs Officers to assist in the development and delivery of all aspects of educational and public programs offered at the Art Gallery. The Assistant Education and Community Liaison Officer will work in a cultural liaison role during the Indigenous Ceramic Art Award fulfill the duties of a steward to the visiting Indigenous artists during the exhibition and public program delivery phase of the award.

The role will also offer an opportunity to develop a community engagement art project or program with the assistance of gallery staff.

The resident's role will act as a conduit between the local Aboriginal community and the gallery; with the aim of increasing Aboriginal participation in the public programs and projects at the gallery.

Please note: this is an Indigenous identified position.

 

Facilities upgraded at WestSide

The toilet facilities and foyer at WestSide Performing Arts Centre have recently been upgraded.

Greater Shepparton City Council and Mooroopna Secondary College worked in partnership to refurbish and repaint the facilities.

Council's Manager Performing Arts and Conventions Steve Donelly said it was important to ensure facilities were of a high standard for the school students and WestSide patrons.

"Council worked with the school to ensure the works were carried out with a minimum level of disruption to users," Mr Donelly said.

"Works included a new ceiling and dividing wall as well as a repaint, lining, new sinks and mirrors in the female toilets, a repaint and new seats, new dividing wall and doorway, new sinks and mirrors and tiling in the male toilets.

"We also installed a new ceiling and lighting in the greenroom and repainted the all abilities toilet."

Some of the other works included:

  • Dressing Rooms/Laundry – suspended ceiling with insulation, LED lighting. 
  • Foyers – repainted.
  • "Green" lighting.

Acting Principal at Mooroopna Secondary College, Lynn Emmerson, was thrilled that the works were completed within budget and according to plan.

"It is such a welcome relief to work with Council to plan and finish a project such as this with a minimum of fuss and as a team with a common objective," said Ms Emmerson.

"The WestSide Performing Arts Centre complex is shared by theatre patrons, school users and students using the Coulson Centre so it is great to be able to bring the facilities to a higher standard for all concerned."

For information about forthcoming shows at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, visit www.riverlinksvenues.com.au

– Released 14 June 2011