Tamworth Regional Council is delighted to be implementing Endless Access, a project that assists to digitise the Tamworth Regional Gallery and Regional Museum collections across the Tamworth region.
This project delivers digitisation of significant collections, permanent digitisation studio set up, training, online exhibitions and the employment of professional museum contractors to better support access to and engagement with the museums and their collections.
We have been successful in receiving grant funding of $309,051 for digitisation of our cultural collections.
The project is supported by a dynamic, highly specialised volunteer community who have been working hard behind the scenes to digitise the collections, ensuring the sustainability of our museums and their collections into the future.
We have partnered with five regional museums to document and digitise their collections, including the Tamworth Powerstation Museum, the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rocks, Gems, Minerals and Fossil Collections, Moonbi Museum, the Tamworth Regional Film and Sound Archive.
Throughout the project we are also offering quality specialised training to the entire New England North West Museum sector as part of the process of learning, knowledge sharing, sustainability and digitisation of these collections to national standards.
We have successfully engaged two new Digitisation Officers to deliver this project. One of these Officers is First Nations, to ensure that all relevant Indigenous content is digitised and documented in accordance with First Nations protocols, knowledge and best practice.
This project will also create an important partnership between Council and the region's Indigenous community.
Examples of artworks from the stunning Utopia Collection are now on exhibition at Tamworth Regional Gallery as part of the Endless Access digitisation project.
These include silk batiks generated by the First Nations community at Utopia, a region covering approximately 5,000 square kilometres of land northeast of Alice Springs and home to around 2,000 Aboriginal people. Aboriginal artists were already long-time masters of the tjanting (tulis) batik technique.
Their characteristic style of working is to combine tjanting work with hand-painted motifs focusing around bush tucker themes and the flora and fauna of the outback.
The Gallery exhibition showcases these themes through the batik silks now on display.
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