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ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ART GALLERIES PRESENTS:

THE ART OF DEACCESSIONING
ONE-DAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

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March 15, 2018 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Art Gallery of Guelph
358 Gordon St.
Guelph, ON N1G 1Y1

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), our members and partners, as we delve into the best strategies, skills and practices associated with the digitization of collections and its concomitant issues like licensing and copyright.


THIS WORKSHOP WILL APPEAL TO:

Art Handlers
Collections Managers
Curators
Directors
Educators
Programmers
Registrars
Students and Volunteers
Trustees


REGISTRATION:

Email completed registration forms to Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant, members@oaag.org, with subject line - ATTN: Deaccessioning Workshop


REGISTRATION FEES:

$250 Non-Members
$150 OAAG Members
$45 Student w/proof (Student ID)

NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. Preference given to OAAG Members.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Deaccessioning is the permanent removal (by sale, trade, gift, trade, recycle and/or destruction) of collection items. In recent years, the deaccessioning of artifacts, places of artwork and entire collections from museums, galleries, libraries, and universities archives have ignited many expository discussions amongst directors, curators, arts administrations, artists, lawyers, politicians and the public alike. As it stands, many cultural institutions within North America, for various reasons, are either currently deaccessioning items from their collections, or will resort to such tactics in the near future. If approached appropriately, deaccessioning can be an intrinsic component in maintaining the integrity of a collection, as well as strengthens its value. If done poorly, deaccessioning can result in negative publicity, unbidden financial obligation and in severe cases indictment. This workshop will examine the collection disposal process through best practice strategies and conceptual topics.


WORKSHOP TOPICS:

1. Defining the terms Deaccessioning and Disposal will cover areas in:

  • Policy
  • Procedure
  • Documentation
  • Resources

2. Learning from the Past: Case Studies/Contexts

Presenters will speak about their contexts and cases of deaccessioning and disposal. This session will highlight why institutions chose to dispose and the methods and considerations taken. A range of approaches and angles will be discussed and panelists will include participants from Art Gallery of Guelph, Glenhyrst, A.H. Wilkens Auctions and Appraisals, and other galleries. Participants will gain insights into how their own institution may consider disposal and deaccessioning their collection.

3. Legal, ethical and professional standards: This section will cover key areas such as:

  • Legal restriction that will affect a cultural institution from disposing certain items from their collection
  • Unacceptable reasons to dispose of an item or collection
  • Upon deciding to dispose of an item or collection, whose views should be sought in the process
  • Proper use of the proceedings from disposal
  • Strategies for cultural institutions to communicate the divestment of a collection to the press in a positive manner

4. Methods of Disposal topic will cover:

  • Free gift or transfer to another accredited cultural institution
  • Exchange of items between cultural institutions
  • Sale of items to an accredited cultural institution
  • Return to donor
  • transfer outside the public domain
  • sale outside the public domain
  • recycling vs. destruction


For more information regarding this workshop, please contact Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant, with the subject line - ATTN: Deaccessioning Workshop to members@oaag.org.

Location is Partially Accessible: the venue includes: ramp access to entrance, elevator access to basement, 1st and 2nd floor, two accessible parkign spots, washrooms in basement via elevator. This venue does not have automatic doors at entrance.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Museums Assistance Program for their support.

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OAAG gratefully acknowledges the Art Gallery of Guelph for venue and logistical support.

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