Behind the Scenes by Gloria

Hello! I’m Gloria, an 18 year old student experiencing MTG for a week during April. I have put together a little photo essay on the backworkings of the museum from my perspective. Colour, shape, texture, pattern, our eyes pick up all these elements of a space subconsciously creating the overall mood or echo of a place. Light and airy, MTG Hawke’s Bay is a haven for beautiful and fine objects. Not only do our eyes observe the exhibitions but they also take in the surroundings which act as a canvas in which to display them. Check out the full photo essay over on MTG’s flickr page

Looking down the archive shelves

Historic photographs hanging

Wheels to drive the moveable shelving

Hidden histories

The stage is set

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Look up!

Gloria Reid-Parisian
Highschool student
April 2014

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Autumn exhibition changeover: the final week

The final week of the changeover process saw the three exhibition spaces completed and ready for the public to enjoy. Over the course of the week the install team at MTG have been busy installing the last of the large scale works in the exhibitions. The graphic design team had the task of producing exhibition labels and banners, which were installed into the spaces. A lighting specialist made sure the lights were perfected and each object was lit to conservation standards. Decorative gold leaf sheets were applied to an entire wall in one of the shows and visitor books were stationed in the galleries. This week was about the finishing touches, all in preparation for the opening day on Saturday 29 March.

Here is a sneak preview of the autumn suite of exhibitions and the new additions to the spaces this week. The exhibitions run until 24 August 2014, so make sure you come along and see them for yourself.

 

_DSC0105 _DSC0076A Bronwynne Cornish ceramic from the exhibition Mudlark.

_DSC0081Gold leaf and lighting creates a ethereal ambiance.

_DSC0083Standing figures by Bronwynne Cornish stand guard.

_DSC0016The visitor’s book in Katy Wallace’s exhibition Transmogrifier Machine is ready for guests.

_DSC0093Light shades made from found objects by Katy Wallace in the Transmogrifier Machine.

_DSC0095Unique furniture designs by Katy Wallace in the Transmogrifier Machine.

Check out our website to find out more about the autumn suite of exhibitions and upcoming floor talks by Bronwynne Cornish and Katy Wallace. These talks will be a great opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their process and the ideas behind their work.

http://www.mtghawkesbay.com/whats-on/upcoming-exhibitions/

Sarah Powell
Collection 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.

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

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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.

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

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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: http://mtghawkesbay.com/whats-on/upcoming-exhibitions/

Sarah Powell
Collection Assistant – Photography
March 2014