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2017 Legal and ethical frameworks: practical issues for museum and gallery staff

M&G QLD Skills Development Workshop

When: Friday 10 November 2017, 10am - 3pm
Where: Queensland Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, South Brisbane

The workshop covered a range of issues that affect the day-to-day management of collections and organisations. Sessions dealt with:

  • Governance (including how organisation type can affect or determine decision-making);
  • Institutional ethics (including recognising and managing conflicts);
  • Acquisition issues and processes (including due diligence and provenance issues);
  • Managing and documenting loans; and
  • Managing deaccessioning and disposal processes.

Participants had plenty of time to ask questions and to explore issues, including through group hypotheticals.

The workshop was delivered by Ian McDonald, Special Counsel with Simpsons Solicitors.

Ian advises a number of Australia’s top museums and galleries. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Ian lectures on ethics and law as these apply to cultural property in the Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW: Art + Design and is currently revising Collections Law, an online resource for the museum and gallery sectors.

This workshop was an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland, supported by the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.



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