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Samantha Faulkner

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Samantha Faulkner, State Library of Queensland. A new exhibitions model, a new engaged exhibition program presentation at Opening Doors: 2019 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference.

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Samantha Faulkner

  1. 1. A new exhibitions model, a new engaged exhibition program
  2. 2. The purpose of exhibitions at State Library is to offer experiences that are inspiring, thought-provoking and transformative to people by telling stories with collections and communities.
  3. 3. 1. A new exhibitions model • consultation • findings and recommendations • establishing the team • exhibitions lifecycle • implementation • refinement 2. A new engaged exhibition program • establish approach • implementation process 3. The model in action • Home: a suburban obsession • I heard it on the radio Content
  4. 4. A new Exhibitions model
  5. 5. Realignment and consultation - Establishment of dedicated exhibitions team and program - Identified need for Exhibitions Model and framework - Engaged Blackwell’s Design Co. to consult with staff across State Library, develop report and recommend next steps. - 1 on 1 meetings with staff - Focus groups - Reporting and feedback A NEW EXHIBITONS MODEL
  6. 6. Findings A NEW EXHIBITONS MODEL challenges what’s working well Exhibitions not considered a core function of State Library Diverse program Broadly scoped in content and target audiences – impacting visitation Strength of collection and collecting opportunities Visibility – not recognised as a go to location for exhibitions Commitment to content, communities and high quality delivery Timeframes – short lead times Our building, our location Budget Expertise Roles and procedures unclear Project management methodologies
  7. 7. A NEW EXHIBITONS MODEL Recommendations Confirm and adopt the purpose of exhibitions at State Library Implement the exhibitions lifecycle Dedicated staffing for exhibition project teams Skills development and capacity building Establish Exhibitions Governance Board Holistic approach to visitor experience design Stagger exhibition scheduling Review resourcing requirements
  8. 8. Teams - Core team - Exhibition Producer - Curator - Exhibition project team - Internal: - Exhibitions - Preservation services - Marketing and Communications - Collections engagement - Commercial Services ICTS - Metadata Services - Access services - Schools engagement - Kuril dhagun - Strategic Engagement - Web development A NEW EXHIBITONS MODEL - External contributors: - Curator - Graphic designer - Educators - Installers - Designers - Builders - printers
  9. 9. Phase 1: Ideation 4 weeks Phase 2: Concept development 6-8 weeks Phase 3: Concept design 10-12 weeks Phase 4: Developed content and design 6 months Phase 5: Documented Design 4 weeks Phase 6: Installation 2-4 weeks Phase 7: Opening, maintenance and programming Exhibition period Phase 8: de-installation 1 week Phase 9: Evaluation 8 weeks Exhibition lifecycle A NEW EXHIBITONS MODEL
  10. 10. Implementation - Establishment of Exhibitions Project Governance Board (PGB) - approvals: - Phase 1: Ideation - Proposals - Phase 2: Concept development - Concept brief - Phase 3: Concept design - Project Initiation Document (PID) - Phase 4 – 8 - Monthly reporting - Phase 9 – Evaluation report - Forward schedule - Development of Exhibition policy 2018-2021 - Consultation and development of procedures and templates - Communication of forward program A NEW EXHIBITONS MODEL
  11. 11. Refinement What’s working What’s not working Engaging exhibitions as core strategic priority for State Library 2018/19 Budget restraints Dedicated exhibitions team Short lead times Curators and Exhibition producers working collaboratively Role clarity Engagement framework Scope creep Lifecycle phases A NEW EXHIBITONS MODEL
  12. 12. A new engaged exhibition program
  13. 13. A NEW ENGAGED EXHIBITION PROGRAM - Aim: establish 2019/2020/2021 exhibition program across three gallery spaces: - slq Gallery, level 2 (376m²) - Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4 (110m²) - Kuril dhagun, level 1 (38m²) - Develop ideas - work collaboratively with various departments across the state library - Consult broadly concerning exhibition concepts and scheduling - Make clear recommendations to Exhibitions PGB: - implementation process - scheduling - exhibitions for approval - budget Establish approach
  14. 14. A NEW ENGAGED EXHIBITION PROGRAM - Forward planning strategy - First year implementation (2018) - Assess existing program and confirm 2019 schedule - short lead times unavoidable - Extended exhibition display periods - Second year implementation (2019) - Ideation sessions for 2020/21 exhibition program - extended lead times - Limited scope - 5 month display periods (2 exhibitions per year per space) - Third year implementation (2020) - Ideation sessions 2022/23 - lead times in line with 18-24 month exhibition lifecycle goal by 2021 Establish approach cont…
  15. 15. A NEW ENGAGED EXHIBITION PROGRAM
  16. 16. A NEW ENGAGED EXHIBITION PROGRAM - Phase 1: Ideation - Call for ideas - Ideation sessions - Diverse groups - Brain storm - Recognise ideas are cheap - Link to purpose - Focus groups - Collection links - Link to Engagement framework - Target audiences - Potential public programming - exhibition schedule drafted - Proposal submission to Exhibitions PGB - exhibition schedule confirmed Implementation process
  17. 17. A NEW ENGAGED EXHIBITION PROGRAM - Phase 2: Concept development - Exhibition Producer and Curator confirmed - Concept development: - Collection research - Community liaison and consultation - Narrative development - Link to Engagement framework - Target audiences - Public programming opportunities - Exhibition PGB approval of concept and exhibition dates - Phase 3: Concept design - Exhibition project team established - Project Initiation Document (PID) - PID approval by Exhibitions PGB Implementation process
  18. 18. The model in action
  19. 19. Home: a suburban obsession Co-Curators: Chenoa Pettrup and Adam Jefford Exhibition Producer: Helen Sartori - Approach: - Exhibition narrative themes: - Story of Frank and Eunice Corley - Highlight the Frank and Eunice Corley House Photographs collection - Collection acquisition, digitisation and access - Showcase how a collection has the ability to create new Queensland stories - The connection between house, home and creativity - State Library Engagement framework: Collaborate - Contemporary relevance and response through collection commissions and Corley Explorer - Exhibition layout design: interpretative tools, visitor experience, collection access - Webpage development: as campaign page and access to content beyond State Library physical site
  20. 20. http://home.slq.qld.gov.au/
  21. 21. Curator: Sophia Sambono Exhibition Producer: Chloe Waters - Approach: - Work with 98.9FM to: - Tell their story - Access collections and develop exhibition content - Develop and deliver associated programming - Identify major exhibition themes - State Library Engagement framework: Involve and Collaborate - Exhibition layout design: interpretative tools and visitor experience - Webpage development: as campaign page and access to content beyond State Library physical site I heard it on the radio
  22. 22. https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/discover/exhibitions/989fm
  23. 23. Enquiries: Samantha Faulkner Coordinator, Exhibitions State Library Queensland samantha.faulkner@slq.qld.gov.au (07) 3842 9293

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