The second of a series of monthly lunchtime talks by museum experts from Te Papa continues at Expressions on Tuesday 10 May at 1pm.
Ian Wards is a Museum Development Officer for Te Papa’s outreach service National Services Te Paerangi. In his job, he travels the North Island providing advice, resources and contacts for galleries and museums large and small.
Having worked in a real variety of museums and galleries over the years, mainly in the South Island, Ian has broad practical experience and is something of a jack of all trades. Ian has a lot of interesting ‘on the road’ stories to tell, and some hints for great museums and galleries you might want to visit.
‘Over the last decade or so I’ve found myself in all manner of interesting situations from dusting an aboriginal bark canoe to being covered in concrete dust. I’ve also been involved in some challenging but fun exhibitions projects: like the Scarfies student culture exhibition at Otago Museum or interviews with retired wharfies for the Watersiders of Port Chalmers documentary’ says Ian.
Prior to taking on the role of Museum Development Officer for National Services Te Paerangi Wards was curator (collections and exhibitions) at the North Otago Museum in Oamaru. He has a Masters degree in Anthropology and a diploma in Museum Studies, but more importantly has broad practical experience in collection management and exhibition development in large and small museums.
Wards plans to discuss the changing views of collections in museums and galleries and show a slide show illustrating new and interesting ways ‘things’ can be interpreted.
‘The first talk in this series proved to be very popular with our audience and this is another great opportunity for the public to hear from a professional in the museums and gallery sector who will share his experiences and knowledge with us’ says Expressions Education Coordinator Rebecca Pubben.
This series of lunch time talks known as ‘Te Papa Tuesdays’’ continues monthly on Tuesdays 10 May, 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 13 September and 4 October. The floor talks are free, but donations are welcomed for Expressions permanent art collection fund.