Digitisation Roadshow expanded following a successful pilot in Ararat

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley announced earlier this week that Geelong, Horsham, Swan Hill, Ballarat and Wangaratta galleries are next to be a part of the Andrews Government’s Regional Digitisation Roadshow after a successful pilot in Ararat.

The next round will start at Geelong Gallery in December where a team will undertake the enormous task of scanning and photographing more than 3,500 works on paper and a collection of paintings that tell the story of Geelong from the mid-1800s to today.

PHOTO: Ararat Gallery TAMA

“Our regional museums and galleries are a vital part of what makes Victoria the creative state. We’re proud to support the work they do in telling our stories and caring for our cultural treasures,” Martin Foley said.

Once digitised the items are shared on the Victorian Collections website for anyone to see. The initiative is being expanded following a successful pilot in Ararat, Benalla and the Latrobe Valley.

“The digital era has brought a new type of gallery visitor with it. This project takes our renowned regional galleries to Australia and the world while preserving their wonderful collections for future generations,” Foley said.

PHOTO: Ararat Gallery TAMA

Ararat Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the Ararat Gallery TAMA became involved in the Regional Digitisation Roadshow after the State Government’s Creative Victoria approached them.

“The Gallery staff – and TAMA as a whole – gained so much experience from the project and worked really well with the professionals who visited from the National Gallery of Victoria,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to hear that the success of Ararat Gallery TAMA’s participation in the project has seen it expand to other regional Victorian galleries. I’m sure they will all gain as much as we did from the fantastic experience.”

To find collection items from Victoria’s cultural and creative organisations, head to victoriancollections.net.au.