How to make an exhibition with your community so people take action on an issue that matters
23 Oct 2018

A community issue exhibition​ uses art and artifacts as a catalyst for community action on a specific local issue.

This model is designed to: ● Invite the general public​ to get involved in making their community better in a targeted way ● Empower community...

Journal article

24 Sep 2018

This article explores how cultural heritage institutions have ordered and regulated contact with their publics via a negotiation of different visual communication technologies.


5 Sep 2018

A parliamentary inquiry seems to be carefully avoiding the real challenge for Australia’s national museums, archives and libraries, writes David Stephens.


30 May 2018

The notions of museum visit and museum object, collection and exhibition, have all been disrupted and renegotiated by the influence of five decades of digital technology. ‘Digital’ has changed the idiom of ‘museum’ (Parry, 2007; 2010). And yet, it is widely recognised that the digital...


19 Jan 2018

Researched and prepared in partnership with Oxford Economics and with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this comprehensive report quantifies the economic benefit of museums, including jobs, direct spending, and supply-chain effects.

Journal article

15 Sep 2017

Digital technologies offer opportunities for engagement with cultural heritage resources through the development of online platforms and databases. However, questions have been raised about whether this type of engagement is structurally open or bounded by pre-existing institutional frameworks.


15 Nov 2016

The purpose of the City of Melbourne Arts Infrastructure Framework (MAIF) is to provide strategic direction on the delivery of arts infrastructure by the City of Melbourne and its external partners.

Book review

30 Aug 2016

This is an opportunistic and dangerous book, which rides on the back of advocacy by First Nations Peoples (and other Nations) for the return of stolen cultural property and human remains. It is worth taking seriously because it has reached a wide audience, in particular...

Conference paper

29 Jun 2016

Cities embrace and express cultural, social and ideological agendas that are central to urban experience Cities are structured to orchestrate particular relationships between people and place, creating routines of movement, spectacle and memory. Throughout history, settlements have been formed around individual iconic buildings that codify...

Journal article

18 May 2016

This paper reflects critically on the complex coordinates of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s success as a singular tourism magnet; notably how Bilbao and the Basque Country region played a far bigger role in it than is commonly perceived.


24 Jul 2015

This research explored the skills, knowledge and qualities, and professional education needs, of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) in Australia. These cultural heritage institutions have always had a role in allowing us to experience, explore and interpret our world by enabling...

Journal article

16 Jun 2015

This paper examines how the Melbourne's Islamic Museum of Australia tells a story of an “Australian Islam” through its use of material and artistic objects; how it symbolizes and synthesizes the assumed binary of East and West, through spatial expressions that narrate a religious community's...


1 Jan 2015

Pacific islands artifacts and imageries have had a strong appeal to the popular imagination of the West over the years. However, in recent years the question of ownership of intellectual property rights has emerged as many indigenous groups around the world call for the repatriation...


10 Oct 2014


Australia’s public collecting institutions enrich public life by displaying, interpreting, making accessible and preserving the world’s shared cultural, scientific and historic heritage.

Acquisitions to collections and loans to institutions play a vital role in increasing our society’s understanding of culture. They...


16 Sep 2014

This analysis of Australia's galleries, libraries, archives and museums finds that digital innovation in the sector is inconsistent and isolated, and provides a roadmap to maximise the potential of the digital economy.

Executive summary

The GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector...


3 May 2013

We are well used to the idea that the Museum has a role in explaining national identity. Yet the National Museum - like museums around the world - has to make a place for itself not only in a national context but in a global...


3 May 2012

Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us both to understand the data we find and to evaluate what we should spend our time on.

Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the...


30 Mar 2012

The cultural heritage organizations in the RLG Partnership were eager to take advantage of user contributions to enrich the descriptive metadata created by libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). In our first report, Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Part 1: Site Reviews (Smith-Yoshimura...


25 Mar 2011

Culture and the arts can have a significant impact on Australian society, and are acknowledged as a means of bringing people together, supporting quality of life and enhancing community networks as well as generating economic outcomes through employment opportunities, business and government funding....


1 Jan 2011

Published by Museums & Galleries NSW's Strategic Audience Development Study, Guess Who's Going to the Gallery?, was launched January 2011. With core project funding from the Australia council the State report brings together over 7,000 responses from 41 galleries across NSW collected between 2007 &...



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