Volunteers trained in collection management

A workshop on Cataloguing and Condition Reporting was held on Sunday to help equip gallery volunteers with the skills required to manage the Shire of Collie’s art collection.

Seven gallery volunteers were provided with a host of information and practical experience in the processes of accessioning, cataloguing essentials, condition reporting and an overview of collection management software.

Volunteers had the opportunity to put their learning into practice, using eight artworks from the Shire of Collie’s collection.

The workshop has been designed to assist gallery volunteers to assess, report, catalogue and provide provenance for the Shire’s existing art collection as well as for any new pieces acquired.

The Shire’s art collection includes number of items acquired over several decades as well as the Claude Hotchkins Bequest, which was donated in 1954. Items include paintings, prints, sketches, photographs, woodwork, ceramics and artefacts.

Another session is being run by Art on the Move early next year, which will include training in working with touring exhibitions, further information on art handling and condition reporting as well as installation and lighting techniques.

Training is offered at no cost to participants, but a commitment to volunteer at the gallery is an expectation.