Student collaboration with the NCACL ‘Seeing Stories’ Exhibition

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Publish date: 
5 Sep 2016
Author: 
Jessica Goodvinn

Photo: Steve Brown, Canberra Artwork, Phillip, ACT – NCACL Facebook page.

Students at the University of Canberra studying the Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation degree have had the exciting opportunity of working with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature and their current Exhibition Program.

Through this partnership with the NCACL, the students have been exposed to all levels of exhibition practice, installation and management of the NCACL’S current exhibition 'Seeing Stories'.  Projects were undertaken individually and in group-work over a six-month period, allowing for both team approaches as well as individual research.

This process allowed students to see the exhibition from the very beginning of its conceptions right through to its implementation and management. The exhibition space chosen had previously been used as a commercial business front, this enabling students to be involved in the conversion into an exhibition space, with environmental monitoring and preservation related upgrades.

Overall, students were exposed to a broad range of opportunities throughout the exhibition process; including the installation of artworks and related ephemera, the exhibition design, labeling, marketing and audio visual presentations. This partnership between the NCACL and the Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation degree, has encouraged students to apply skills learnt within their degree and put them into practical application.