Art and Heritage Collection Policy

20 March 2013

Bayside’s New Art and Heritage Collection Policy Adopted

Bayside’s Art and Heritage Collection Policy was endorsed by Council on 19 March, 2013.

The development and management of art and heritage collections is an integral part of local government planning and a key driver of community engagement.   Developed to shape the future of Bayside City Council’s art and heritage collection, this new Policy reflects Council’s commitment to its arts and cultural interests as addressed in the recently adopted Library, Arts and Culture Strategy 2012-2017.

The new Policy has been developed to articulate Council’s vision for the future development and management of the Art and Heritage Collection and to guide the purchase of artworks and items which reflect the culture and interests of the community.

The draft Policy took seven months to develop in a process that included research on national and international trends, consultation with Council’s Arts and Culture engagement Forum, industry experts and community organisations. It will ensure that the artwork and items purchased will not only provide an educative function but will allow residents to enjoy a range of quality visual arts and associated programs.

With the growth of Bayside’s Art and Heritage Collection comes potential for it to be a valuable drawcard for cultural tourism, particularly with The Gallery @ BACC now available to showcase collection items in a professional exhibition space. It will also act as an importance reference point for historical studies and a valuable resource for schools, tertiary institutions and members of the public.

Mayor Stephen Hartney congratulated everyone associated with the development of the Policy and emphasised that an art and heritage collection is an important component of the social fabric of the Bayside community. 

“This Policy promotes professional standards and practices and demonstrates Council’s commitment to good planning in the effective development and stewardship of our cultural collection. I am particularly excited by the Policy’s focus on providing better community access to the collection, to displays and exhibitions, and our new digital initiatives.”

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