Marlene Szepsy, of the Friends of the Gallery, accepts 2011 Imagine Award.
Marlene Szepsy, of the Friends of the Gallery, accepts 2011 Imagine Award.

IMAGinE accolades

LAST week was a big one for the Grafton Regional Gallery, just days after launching its online gallery, it won a major award.

The Grafton Regional Gallery was a finalist in all four categories of the 2011 IMAGinE Awards for the section with one to four paid staff.

The gallery won the Collection Management Award and gained a Highly Commended in the Education and Audience Development section.

The gallery won the Collection Management Award for its Collection Online Project.

The Collection Online Project commenced last year in October with the aim of uploading the majority of the gallery's collection items.

To achieve this a stocktake was carried out, condition reports were updated, all items were photographed to ensure uniform digitatisation of the collection and a web designer was employed to enable the collection to go online.

Grafton Regional Gallery director Jude McBean was particularly proud of the award, as it gave recognition to the gallery's volunteers.

"They are too often the unsung heroes of what we do. The project which involved 1600 of our 3200 pieces took about a year to co-ordinate and in my opinion was a huge success," Jude said.

Mayor Richie Williamson attended the awards night and said that the award highlights the significance of the gallery to the region.

"There really is an incredible list of volunteers that give their time to the gallery and I fully appreciate the work they are doing," he said.

"I also offer my congratulations to the Port of Yamba Historical Society who was given a highly commended in the IMAGinE awards."



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