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Annual Report 1999/00 Arts and Museums



Annual Report 1999/00 Arts and Museums

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Increased visitation to the museums and art galleries of the Territory Nine major MAGNT and touring exhibitions, totalling 13 installations, were installed during the year. (Appendix E refers) Attendance figures showed a small increase (3.8%) at MAGNT Bullocky Point compared with the previous year, although overall visitation was slightly down on 1998/99, a major factor being the closure of the Museum of Central Australia for two months during its relocation to the Alice Springs Cultural Precinct. P e rfo rm a n c e by O u tc o m e s A highlight of the year was the travelling exhibition Spiders!, from the Australian Museum. Supported by sponsor media NTD 8, this popular exhibition attracted 10,266 visitors. Total Visitors 1997/98 1998/99 1999/00 Bullocky Point - MAGNT 159,635 140,196 145,499 Fannie Bay Gaol 31,223 29,875 27,899 Lyons Cottage 19,998 20,099 20,256 Australian Pearling Exhibition 14,1 17 14,463 13,478 Museum of Central Australia 28,415 18,289 *14,975 The Residency 9,034 1 1,254 10,670 Central Australian Aviation Museums 15,527 15,443 15,647 * Attendance figures for ten months only, due to relocation More effective public usage of MAC/NT educational and interpretive programs An Education Manager was appointed to the Education Unit in January 2000 with provision for an Education Officer in the next financial year. The new staffing structure extends opportunities available for development and implementation of educational and interpretive programs. Refurbishment of the Discovery Centre enhanced hands-on and interpretive programs and activities to primary, secondary and tertiary groups as well as community groups. A variety of educational programs were delivered to complement the travelling and permanent exhibitions. Staff prepared and delivered over 20 floor talks and lectures to school and university students and public interest groups on topics as diverse as venomous animals, ceramic craft, thylacines, taxonomy and identification, fine art, geology and fossils. Over 45 teachers attended the Teacher Previews associated with the Spiders!, The Tasmanian Tiger and Artists in the Field exhibitions. The Month of Frogs display presented during March was highly successful attracting 92 groups totalling 2,516 students and saw an increase in visitation to the Discovery Centre, especially on weekends. V 45

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