New exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of Ararat Gallery’s latest project

Opening this week is Ararat Art Gallery’s latest exhibition: The Digitisation Project – Behind the Scenes.

The permanent collection includes a shiny sculpture made from jet-black irrigation piping, a leather toaster, a quilt featuring a unicorn and a leopard print overcoat. It will be open to the public until October 27th.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the exhibition would give the public an idea of just how diverse the Gallery’s collection is.

One of the items from The Digitisation Project – Behind the Scenes exhibition, Covering Ground 2012, by Lucy Irvine, which is made from black irrigation piping.

“The exhibition includes pieces from the Grimwade Collection, including the overcoat, and also photographs that show the process behind the digitisation project, which will give the public insight into how it all rolled out,” he said.

“It was a fascinating project to work on – Gallery staff members really enjoyed the process and learnt a lot, from how to handle the pieces to how to preserve and protect textiles.”

Ten staff members who recently worked on a Creative Victoria project to photograph around 900 pieces from the gallery’s permanent collection chose the pieces for the exhibition.

Ararat Gallery TAMA was chosen to participate in the pilot project, with images to be uploaded to the Victorian Collections’ website in hope of making its collection more accessible for researches, teachers and the general public.

Dr Harrison said that TAMA had National Gallery of Victoria Head of Conservation Michael Varcoe-Cocks and Coordinating Conservator MaryJo Lelyveld visit to view the project in action.

“During the project the gallery team, including photographer Michelle Dunn, worked diligently, carefully bringing out the collection items, setting up the correct lighting and then photographing each of them,” he said.

“The team got to see the majority of the items in the collection and this new exhibition is a selection of their favourite pieces. We hope the exhibition will help curb people’s curiosity until they can see all the images uploaded to the Victorian Collections’ website later in the year.”