We are excited to announce some big news for AMaGA WA. We warmly welcome back Natalie Evans, who has been on leave to care for her adorable baby boy. Nat will be stepping back into her role as Executive Director this month, so no doubt you will be hearing from her soon!
We would like to give our thanks to the wonderful Claire Savage for her incredible work, taking on the role for nine months. Claire has kept the team positive and working hard during COVID, fires and floods. We cannot thank her enough for sharing her expertise and good humour to ensure AMaGA WA has never skipped a beat. Thank you Claire, and welcome back Nat!
In other breaking news, we are thrilled to announce that AMaGA WA has secured a new office space at Goolugatup Heathcote. Located in close proximity to their art gallery, museum, studio spaces and other community organisations, we will feel right at home at Goolugatup Heathcote. Thank you to their team and the City of Melville.
And while all these big changes have been underway, the AMaGA team has still found time to hit the road to deliver workshops and visit members.
Sam Beard and Sarah Cole’s first stop was the Merredin Railway Museum, who generously hosted the Open the Doors workshop in the original refreshments room at the historic train station.
Attendees came from far and wide, from Kellerberrin, Narembeen, Bruce Rock and the Merredin Railway Museum itself. Over two full days, the group discussed collection management policies, brainstormed methods to market themselves, and planned out how to digitise their collections, along with wonderful morning teas by volunteer Julie – thank you!
On the way out to Merredin, we could not resist visiting the Cunderdin Museum. There, we caught up with museum manager, Michelle Samson, and museum cat, Boo. Michelle showed us around the amazing Number 3 Pump Station, which is well worth a visit!
Next stop, Northam! And what an amazing couple of days at the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre. Attendees represented all aspects of the collecting sector, from those managing private art collections to libraries and family history archives. Special thanks to Robyn for touring the group through the amazing exhibition space at Bilya Koort Boodja.
Along the way, Sarah and Sam visited many museums and galleries across the region – click here to find AMaGA WA’s Instagram and follow our travels. Thank you to all who participated in these latest Open the Doors workshops. Stay tuned for more workshops to come!
Along with the Open the Doors workshops, the AMaGA WA team presented another Collections WA workshop at the new Belmont Hub. A very big thank you to everyone who came along and participated in this workshop. It was lovely to meet you all and hear about your collections. We cannot wait to see what you all upload to Collections WA. Make sure to let Julie and Sarah know when you are ready to turn your account from private to public. We would like to extend our gratitude to Edith from the City of Belmont, WA for hosting us and helping to set up and pack up. Edith also baked some very yummy banana muffins for morning tea!
Now, having settled in to our new home at Goolugatup Heathcote, we are planning more events and workshops. So, stay tuned and connect, and we look forward to seeing you all soon.