Installation of the Meriba Gidhal exhibition

We’ve just finished installing the latest Treasures Wall exhibition on Level 4 – Meriba Gidhal: Torres Strait Island Treasures of the Margaret Lawrie Collection.  The install is the culmination of many months of preparation, and it is very satisfying to finally see all the collection and loan items up on display.

Exhibition installation can be an exhausting few days – climbing in and out of the wall; carrying table-tops and fitting mounts;  getting artworks hanging in just the right spot; adjusting lights; stretching and bending and squeezing in to small spaces! But at the end of the day it is lovely to look back on what you’ve done and see the transformation of an empty space in to a colourful display.  It’s one of the highlights of our job.

For the Exhibitions Conservation team, the preparation of items for Meriba Gidhal has primarily involved mounting and framing the watercolour paintings and pencil drawings, and preparing the loan items for mounts. For every item there are photographs taken and condition reports written, mount assessments done and light levels established. Behind the scenes has been a flurry of activity. We breathe a sigh of relief that everything has been safely installed, and we now begin work on the next one!

The exhibition opens tonight and will be on display until February 28, 2010.  Enjoy!

Rhiannon Walker - Exhibitions Conservator


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