Autumn exhibition changeover: week three

This week of the changeover saw our upcoming exhibitions brought to life as we began to install objects in the galleries. We welcomed Bronwynne Cornish and Katy Wallace to MTG to oversee the installation of their work in the exhibitions. The week started with the last of the plinths being placed in the spaces and the assembling of over 150 object mounts ready for install.

An object mount is a custom-made stand, each made by our mount makers to a unique design.  Their role is to provide effective and safe support to the object, all while taking into account the intent of the artist and the viewer experience.

_DSC9886Finished object mounts ready for installation

The mounts are made from stainless steel rods which are fashioned into the desired shape. Once shaped the steel is then coated with inert silicon tubing, or treated with a specially coloured plastic.  This coating protects the object from direct contact with the metal and enables us to ensure the mount sit unobtrusively against the object it supports.  Object mounts ensure the safety of objects on display, particularly as a safeguard against the risk of earthquake damage.  MTG staff installed objects one by one over the course of the week.

_DSC9920MTG staff installing objects into the Mudlark exhibition

_DSC9892Objects waiting to be installed

_DSC9862Pins, which are another type of mount used to secure the object, are assembled into the base of a plinth

_DSC9929An object being installed into its mount

_DSC9878An installed object with a specially designed mount support and pin

Next week will see two large scale works installed, the mounting of graphics and final touches made to gallery lighting. Find out more about our new exhibitions, which open to the public next Saturday 29th March on our website:

Sarah Powell

Collections Assistant- Photography

March 2014


Autumn exhibition changeover: week two

During the course of the second week of the changeover, the gallery spaces were transformed into beautiful and welcoming spaces. One space in particular has walls painted in a jaw-dropping electric blue, complemented with a lemon pastel yellow; these hues (named weathered yellow and digital blue) can’t help but command your attention when you walk through the space. The freshly painted walls have been given time to off-gas (a process which allows the chemicals to evaporate), and exhibition furniture such as plinths and false walls have been moved into the spaces.

A specially designed soundscape has also been installed into one of the galleries, which will create an atmospheric backdrop to the exhibition Mudlark, a survey of Bronwynne Cornish’s ceramic sculpture from 1982 – 2013. Lights are laid out and ready to be installed for next week and the objects’ specifically designed mounts are being given the final touches in preparation for installation. In order not to give too much away I have included a sneak preview of the progress of the spaces from this week for you to enjoy.

_DSC9688Exhibition furniture against a background of the boldly painted walls.

_DSC9706Tom Rowell and Tim McAsey move a false wall into the gallery.

_DSC9705Lights laid out waiting to be installed.

_DSC9695A ladder used to install the lights in the gallery spaces.

Sarah Powell
Collections Assistant – Photography
March 2014

Autumn exhibition changeover

This week saw us saying a fond farewell to Architecture of the heart as the changeover of exhibitions began in the Crombie, Arnott, Malden and Nelson galleries. This process will take four weeks and our autumn suite of exhibitions will open to the public on Saturday 29th March. If you are visiting MTG in March take the opportunity to have a peek into the galleries to see the staff transform the galleries and learn more about the process of deinstalling and installing new exhibitions.

The first week of the changeover saw the deinstallation of Architecture of the heart.  This exhibition included over 100 artworks and objects from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust collection as well as a small number of works on loan from private lenders and other institutions.  Artworks were taken off display, condition checked, then carefully packed.  Works from private lenders and other museum and galleries were packed into transport packaging and returned to various parts of New Zealand.


Nina Finigan and Dena Hale rolling a rug from the installation Atelier Martine Reprised (2013) by Gavin Chilcott.


Nina Finigan and Jonathon Brown carefully place Claudia Pond Eyley’s Turquoise Shield, (1983-1984) into its specially designed travel frame.

Two of the larger works had oversized travel crates which had to be hoisted up over the glass balcony with scaffolding and rigging before the works could be taken off display. The crates were then hoisted back down carefully over the balcony.


The crate is lifted over the glass barrier on the first floor balcony.


Sara Browne, Sasha Smith and James Price carefully place an artwork into its large travel crate, ready to be hoisted down over the first floor balcony.

_DSC9620The crate is carefully hoisted back down over the balcony.

After all the objects are removed from the gallery the exhibition furniture is swapped for the new design layouts and the walls are painted in the new colour schemes. A period of time has to be given to allow for off-gassing of the chemicals within the paint, so theoretically we could call this process “watching paint dry!”

Find out more about our new exhibitions opening on 29th March on our website:

Sarah Powell
Collection Assistant – Photography
March 2014