INSITE magazine is about the people and stories that together make up our diverse Victorian museum and gallery community. With interviews, articles, and industry news, it is essential reading for all staff and volunteers in the sector. INSITE is a hard-copy magazine that is published four times a year.

INSITE Magazine

November 2018 - January 2019 / Contemporary Collecting

This issue is on the theme ‘Contemporary Collecting’ and features articles that explore topics including the co-production of artworks, the use of artists interviews for conservation information, selecting and preserving digital material, building a collection through acquisitive prizes, and collecting from protests and marches.

Other items in this issue are a recap of this year’s Victorian Museum Awards and an outline of the objectives of the Veteran’s Heritage Project 2018-2021. There are our regular columns of Museum News, Apps & Online and Branch News that will bring you up-to-date with sector info.


Find a full list of the contents for the issue here.

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In this Issue

Installation view of MASS by Ron Mueck, 2017 on display at NGV Triennial at NGV International, 2017. Photo: Tom Ross.

Collaborating and Co-Curating with Living Artists

The National Gallery of Victoria commissioned artist Ron Mueck to create an artwork for the NGV Triennial held in 2017. The creation of the work was managed across several production venues in Melbourne involving specialist contractors and NGV staff. In this article Michael Varcoe-Cocks, Head of Conservation, National Gallery of Victoria, takes us through the process of collaboration with the artist and the valuable conservation and curatorial information that this model of production provided to the Gallery.

Mirka Mora, soft sculpture, Untitled, circa 1978, private collection. Photo: Sabine Cotte, © Mirka Mora estate.

Artist Interviews for Conservation

Taking artist interviews provides museums with a valuable tool for the future. In this article conservator, Sabine Cotte, Honorary Fellow of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne, outlines some of the benefits of an artist interview in the preparation of conservation treatments.

Digital Photograph, Organisers lead the Women’s March on Melbourne, 21 January, 2017. Copyright: Alison Eldridge / All Rights Reserved. Photo: Alison Eldridge.

Collecting Contemporary Protest

Museums of all types collect contemporary material that will contribute to the stories they are able to tell in the future. In this article, Michelle Stevenson, Senior Curator, Politics and Society, Museums Victoria, takes us through how staff at Museums Victoria have collected from protests and shares some of the issues that cropped up during the process.





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