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Expert advice for local museums and gallery

Left: Roger Leung inspects the 1870’s doll from Lawrence Museum. Right: Roger Leung discusses a pair of 1920’s wedding shoes with Bessie Webb from Glenreagh Museum. Images: Contributed.

Local museums and gallery members were treated to an expert workshop on Wednesday June 21.
Roger Leung, senior curator at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, presented “How to curate your collection” workshop at Grafton Regional Gallery. The workshop helped participants to develop further skills in developing exhibitions. Roger explained strategies to store, display and interpret dress and textiles objects from their collections.
Roger Leung, has worked at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria before joining MAAS in Sydney in 2014. He has recently organised over eighteen exhibitions, encompassing fashion, painting, drawings, decorative arts and costumes from the Ballet Russes. Most recently Roger curated ‘Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life’ at MAAS in 2016.
Participants included volunteers from Bellingen, Copmanhurst, Glenreagh, Grafton, Iluka, Lawrence and Yamba museums and also staff from the Grafton Regional Gallery. They were invited to bring an object from their collection for discussion. These included a 1920’s pair of wedding shoes from Glenreagh, an 1870’s doll from Lawrence, swimming costumes from Port of Yamba, a 1950’s dress, 50’s petticoat, a tea shawl, and the Grafton mayoral robes.
The workshop was organised by Libby Newell, museum advisor with Clarence Valley Council and Marea Buist, Port of Yamba Museum, who successfully applied for a grant from Museums & Galleries NSW to fund the workshop.
Roz Jones