Art Gallery sells four collectibles

The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is disposing of four objects from its collection.

By Dominique Tassell, Warwick Today

The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery will remove four items from its collection, with a total estimated value of $2,895.

Three of the four objects, a sculpture, a set of six dolls and a ceramic object, are declared to be outside the mandate of the Museum’s collections, have no significant historical, artistic or archival value and are considered by the Director to be n not being complementary to existing operations.

A fourth ceramic object is damaged beyond repair.

The sculpture, titled Elevated Growth (Marquette) 1972, is attributed to Guy Ngan and is worth an estimated $1,200.

The artist’s family wants the piece returned.

The set of six handmade dolls is titled Wives of Henry VIII, is attributed to Joyce Smith and is worth an estimated $900.

The artist’s family has given permission for the dolls to be donated to the Stanthorpe Museum.

The first ceramic object is titled Trio of Cups/Saucers, China Oval Place, China Round Plate. The artist is unknown and the item is worth an estimated $760.

The Gallery has no provenance for these objects. The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery will donate the items to the Stanthorpe Museum.

The second damaged ceramic item is titled Higaware Blossom Jar. It is attributed to Phillip McConnell and is worth an estimated $350.

The labor was determined to be irreparable by a USQ specialist. The work was offered to the artist.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Collection Management Policy states that the gallery has a rich history of collecting Australian art as part of community access to the arts for lifestyle enrichment and cultural understanding through study, education and enjoyment.

A thorough assessment of the significance of the collection historically identified the strengths and shortcomings of the Warwick and Stanthorpe Galleries collections and informed this policy.

Any disposal recommendation must:

• Be initiated by the director

• Give due consideration to any legal or ethical restrictions surrounding disposal of the object

• Take the form of a report to the SAGS management committee

• In all cases, the SAGS Director and Management Committee must give due consideration to the long-term impact of the disposal of the object on the collection and the communities served by the Museum.

• If in doubt as to whether to dispose of a particular object, independent advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified independent art historian or other interested art industry professional.

• When an object acquired comes from the artist, donor, bequest or institute, the source of the acquisition, or his estate, must be informed in writing of the Gallery’s intention to withdraw the work of art.

• A recommendation for withdrawal from membership must be fully approved by the SAGS Director and Management Committee before being submitted to the Board in the form of a report. The board must adopt the opt-out recommendation for it to become final and for the process of elimination to continue.

Once disposal approval has been granted:

• A permanent record of disposal must be made for the object in the Museum’s collections management database by a permanent member of properly trained Museum staff. The object accession number should never be reused.

• All other documents (catalogue worksheet, correspondence, research material, photographic images, etc.) should be compiled and placed in a separate file from the disposal records, including details of the new owner.

• Copies of all documents should be made and should accompany the item on disposal, if applicable.

• The Stanthorpe Art Gallery will retain all profits from the disposal of an object. Proceeds received will be held and used by the Gallery solely for the benefit of the collections, priority being given to new acquisitions from that same collection.

• Southern Downs Regional Council will be notified in writing of the completion of disposal of the item(s).

Once disposal is approved, disposal can be done by:

• Return to the donor or the artist, or his estate

• Exchange, donation or sale to another institution

• Public tender, auction or sale

• Destruction and/or recycling

The Southern Downs Regional Council put forward a motion to support the deaccessioning of works of art and delegate the final decision on the disposal of said items to the CEO at the recent regular Council meeting.

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