Ararat Gallery’s collection to be digitised and preserved for future generations

Ararat Gallery’s art collection is going to be more accessible to the community through a new Victorian Government initiative.

Ararat Gallery, Textile Art Museum Australia, has been chosen to participate in an innovative pilot project which will see up to 1,200 items digitalised.

PHOTO: Ararat Gallery TAMA (Facebook)

TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) is the first Victorian regional gallery to accept the project that will continue through April into early May.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley said: “Collections like TAMA’s don’t just have a significant economic value; historically and culturally they are priceless.”

“This regional roadshow and our broader digitisation strategy will ensure that Victoria’s cultural collections and their rich history are preserved for future generations and made accessible for anyone to explore and enjoy.”

Ararat Rural city council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the gallery was really excited to be participating in the project, allowing a large range of art to be recorded digitally for the future.

PHOTO: Ararat Gallery TAMA (Facebook)

Dr Harrison also said that it meant the community could see selected parts of the collection that haven’t been viewed in quite some time.

“During the project we will have specific times when the public can come in and view the collection being photographed.” he said

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see some rarely-viewed objects in our collection, including the Lady Grimwade costume collection and a collection of rare Japanese fabric and paper packaging.”

PHOTO: Ararat Gallery TAMA (Facebook)

TAMA has recently welcomed National Gallery of Victoria Head of Conservation Michael Varcoe-Cocks and Coordinating Conservator MaryJo Lelyveld who visited the gallery to see 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,” Dr Harrison said.

“It has been a procession line of beautiful objects and artworks coming out of storage and the team has really enjoyed seeing each and every one of them.

“We hope visitors to the gallery will also enjoy watching the project as well when we announce the viewing sessions shortly.”

The project – a partnership between Creative Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Public Galleries Association – will head to Benalla and Morwell following the stint at TAMA.

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