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Ararat Gallery TAMA digitisation project

– public program session 2

Public lecture on textile conservation

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Saturday 4th May 2019


2.00pm - 3.00pm


Ararat Gallery TAMA



Ararat Gallery TAMA is inviting the community to take part in a pilot project that is currently digitising its permanent collection.

Community members are invited to attend two public sessions – an opportunity to have an object from their own collection professionally photographed, and a public lecture that will cover fashion and textile preventive care with the National Gallery of Victoria.

Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia), was selected to take part in the innovative pilot project that will see up to 1200 items in the TAMA Collection digitally photographed. In turn, the Gallery’s images will be uploaded to the Victorian Collections website for easier access to researchers, teachers and the general public.

The Gallery team would love to see the public participate in the project by attending the sessions.

Session #2 – Public Lecture

Saturday 4 May from 2pm to 3pm – Ararat Gallery TAMA, 82 Vincent Street, Ararat

  • National Gallery of Victoria’s Skye Firth, Senior Conservator of Textiles, and Ellen Doyle, Textile Display Specialist, will present a 40-minute talk followed by a Q&A session.

Please RSVP for this session by calling the Gallery on 5355 0220 or emailing gallery@ararat.vic.gov.au. This event is free of charge and will be held at Ararat Gallery TAMA, 82 Vincent Street.

TAMA is the first Victorian regional gallery to undertake the digitisation project, which will continue through April into early May. The project is a partnership between Creative Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Public Galleries Association. After TAMA, the roadshow will move to galleries in Benalla and Morwell.

As part of the project, TAMA has had National Gallery of Victoria Head of Conservation Michael Varcoe-Cocks and Coordinating Conservator MaryJo Lelyveld visit to view the digitisation effort in action.

The gallery team, including photographer Michelle Dunn, has worked diligently over the past two weeks carefully bringing out the collection items, setting up the correct lighting and then capturing each of them.

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