Outstanding Outward Loan Program
The number of loan requests to QVMAG has increased over the past year with institutions wanting to exhibit our significant and varied collection. Great consideration is given before applications are approved. QVMAG Curators and Conservators promote access to the collection and carry out a number of tasks to ensure that artworks and objects can be loaned whenever suitable. Factors including the condition of the item, how it will be transported and where it will be displayed all determine the final collective decision for outward loan.
Most recently, our Curator of History, Curator of 19th Century Art, Senior Conservator and Exhibition Officer worked collaboratively to prepare a loan of photographic works for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. We are one of over 35 lending institutions that have contributed to the upcoming exhibition ‘The photograph and Australia’ which is a nationally significant display exploring the history of photography. After being displayed in New South Wales the exhibition will tour to the Queensland Art Gallery.
This loan includes wonderful x-rays, daguerreotypes, tintypes, stereographs and a painted photograph. Senior Conservator Amy Bartlett treated, remounted and framed a number of these works to ensure that they were stable for transport and ready for display. Custom made supports were also constructed for the daguerreotypes. Exhibition Officer Tony Mitchell built an art-grade crate which provides unique methods to safeguard the photographic materials against potential damage during transport.
Outward loans provide an opportunity for QVMAG to treat and preserve collection items that are storage. They are also an important way of providing access to the collection for exhibition and loans enhance research possibilities both nationwide and sometimes internationally.
Amy Bartlett, Senior Conservator