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Annual Report 2021–2022, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory



Annual Report 2021–2022, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

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46 Collection Development In June 2022, MAGNT completed a large-scale review of its collections and delivered a Collection Development Strategy that will guide the Museum in the further development of its holdings of history, cultural, art and natural science material for the next five years. Key findings of the review established areas where the collections can be strengthened through targeted acquisitions to either build on existing material or fill significant gaps. Furthermore, the review led to a better understanding of how the quality of the collections can be heightened by focusing on the documentation of collection objects, providing digital access and reassessing objects that align poorly with MAGNTs Collection Policy. The Collection Development Strategy sets out clear targets for documentation, access, assessment and acquisition until June 2027. During 20212022, there were 33 new acquisitions to the History, Culture and the Arts Collections, including the Telstra Art Award winning work, Lake Baker 2020 by Timo Hogan. This work, along with the works of five other finalists from the 2021 Telstra NATSIAA, was acquired with funding from Telstra. In addition, the MAGNT Supporters of Aboriginal Art generously donated funds that enabled the acquisition of Bees at Ggn by Dhambit Munugurr (winner of the Telstra Bark Painting Award) and Through the veil of time by Hubert Pareroultja and Mervyn Rubuntja (winners of the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award) from the 2021 Telstra NATSIAA. The continuous development of the MAGNT Collection ensures that the existing holdings are broadened and remain relevant to the community. Collecting objects that represent important moments and events in the history of the Northern Territory and neighbouring regions that capture the evolution of artistic endeavour in Australia is fundamental to staying relevant. The high-quality donations that MAGNT received bear witness to the support from which the collections benefitted in 20212022. Details of all 33 acquisitions are listed in Appendix 1. Alycia Marrday, Baladjdji, 2021, Pandanus and natural dyes. Purchased 2021, Telstra Collection, MAGNT Collection