Young Ambassador Program

This exciting youth program has been developed to inspire art students of the Mackay Region to engage with their art gallery, Artspace Mackay, in a mutually rewarding learning experience.

The goals of the year long program are to give its young participants exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ access to the gallery in five extra-curricular, term-based sessions which give insight into key areas of a successful regional gallery.

  1. Why regional towns need art galleries: Intro to Artspace Mackay
  2. Focus on the collection
  3. Exhibitions for the community
  4. Public programs, education and engagement

As an Artspace Mackay Young Ambassador you will learn about the gallery, its collection, exhibitions and community public engagement processes. You’ll also better understand roles of gallery staff, giving insight into exciting career pathways. Artspace Mackay will allow participants of the program access to special ‘members only’ events, invitations and information throughout their ambassador year. Students will receive presentation handouts, program brochures, and education kits when available for exhibitions they attend.

The program gives students an opportunity to support the gallery by helping to engage other young people, family and community members with the gallery’s exhibitions and events. Participants are encouraged to share their knowledge gained during the program with their teachers and peers generating an on-flow of interest in the gallery’s exhibitions and events throughout the community. Students will also be asked to follow Artspace Mackay on social media and share interesting posts and events with their friends and followers.

All Artspace Mackay Young Ambassadors will complete a workplace health and safety induction as well as a site induction to enable them to volunteer their assistance for exhibition openings and events during the year.

Upon completion of the Young Ambassador Program 2018, students will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Program overview

Participants in the program must attend the following to achieve their certificate of participation:

  • WH&S and Site inductions
  • 5 x 1.5 hour extra-curricular term-based sessions
  • 2 x Artspace Mackay exhibition floor talks (own choice – participants will be given an outline of exhibition floor talks at their first session)
  • 2 x Artspace Mackay exhibition opening events (own choice – participants will be given an outline of exhibition floor talks at their first session)

Key dates 2018

Friday 16 February Applications close for 2018 (Note, all applications should be submitted online for consideration before 5pm on this date)
Tuesday 27 February Session 1, 3:30 – 5pm,  Artspace Mackay
Tuesday 24 April Session 2, 3:30 – 5pm,  Artspace Mackay
Tuesday 22 May Session 3, 3:30 – 5pm,  Artspace Mackay (Note this session takes place during exhibition changeover so Youth Ambassadors gain a behind the scenes look at the changeover process.)
Tuesday 24 JulySession 4, 3:30 – 5pm, Artspace Mackay
Tuesday 16 OctoberSession 5, 3:30 – 5pm, Artspace Mackay

SESSION 1 - Why regional towns need art galleries: Intro to Artspace Mackay

This first session includes a behind the scenes tour of the gallery’s offices and storage areas, as well as a brief guided tour of the exhibitions on show.

1.1 Where did it come from? A brief introduction to the history of the gallery, its collection and  its award-winning architecture
1.2 Artspace Mackay staff roles and the Mackay Regional Council operational structure
1.3 The Mackay Regional Council Collection of art, housed in and managed by Artspace Mackay Regional Council
1.4 An overview of the gallery’s exhibition planning and implementation
1.5 Engaging people: a look at public programs and education
1.6 Artspace Mackay Foundation and gallery fundraising

SESSION 2 - Focus on the collection

Participants will have a hands-on experience with artists’ books from the Mackay Regional Council collection, discuss issues relating to display of works, and also learn to how to frame an artwork themselves.

2.1 Why regional galleries collect. A community legacy.
2.2 Let’s take a close look at Artspace Mackay’s collection
2.3 A collection focus – what does this mean?
2.4 What is a collection policy?
2.5 Visual Art Advisory Committee
2.6 Restoration and conservation
2.7 Framing and mounting
2.8 Marketing, promoting and accessibility

SESSION 3 - Exhibitions for the community

This session takes place during an exhibition changeover so students will witness and discuss staff roles and processes during this important period. Participants will also learn how to complete a condition report for a selected artwork.

3.1 Touring exhibitions
3.2 Touring bodies,  funding and logistics
3.3 Touring our own collection (Recycled Library)
3.4 Curating exhibitions (local artists, collection, commissioning, private art dealers, loaning work, community interest)
3.5 Marketing, promotion and the layers of public engagement
3.6 Condition reporting and installation logistics
3.7 Community exhibitions program
3.8 Libris Awards: The Australian Artist Book Prize

SESSION 4 - Public programs, education and engagement

In this session participants will discuss public engagement and will be given a case study to explore and brainstorm ideas for events or programs that may engage varying sectors in the community.

4.1 Public engagement  and education – who, what, when, where, why.
4.2 Exhibitions/collection/workshops/art classes
4.3 What type of events and programs does Artspace present?
4.4  Layering the onion – catering for target markets
4.5 Working with schools and other groups (eg Life Without Barriers) – outreach and gallery visits

SESSION 5 -Young Ambassadors chose the topic!

The topic focus of this final session is left open to allow participants to tailor the focus to suit their individual needs. E.g. Tertiary or industry pathways, folio preparation, artist talk, hands on art making skills or a more in-depth look at one of the practical skills or topics previously covered in the program.

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Registration form

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I understand that my parent and I will be contacted on the phone numbers I’ve supplied above to verify that we understand that this is a year-long commitment to attend all extra-curricular sessions required by the gallery in order to receive a certificate of attendance.