The Ararat Gallery TAMA will soon enter the digital age following the introduction of new position to digitalise the artwork
Thanks to the Working for Victoria initiative, the six-month digitisation support officer position will be one of 20 new roles shared among 13 galleries and museums throughout regional Victoria.
Ararat Gallery TAMA manager Jacqueline Grenfell said the successful applicant will help the gallery significantly increase its online offerings.
"Digitising works of art can be a challenge - it's a timely process that involves attaining copyright license agreements, cataloguing, and publishing works on the website," she said.
"Ararat Gallery TAMA now has uploaded 174 pieces from our 1,200-piece collection to the Victorian Collections website and secured an additional 152 licences for artwork.
"With government support, we can now attain the licences for the remaining 456 works that still require clearance and finish the project of showcasing our collection online."
Ms Grenfell said the gallery's inclusion in the initiative was recognition of its place in the community.
"For regional communities, connection to the arts provides a sense of pride. Our collection was initiated by the local community over 50 years ago; a great deal of community fundraising and effort was invested to present what gallery visitors see today," she said.
"This is such a valuable project for our region as it allows the Gallery to be easily accessible to all members of our community while preserving our collections for future generations."
Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford said the new roles would be a great support for both the galleries and prospective employees.
"We're helping creative workers get back to work in regional communities and supporting public galleries and museums to protect their collections for future generations," she said.
Since launching in April the Working for Victoria initiative has created more than 11,000 jobs.
People whose work has been affected by COVID can register for Working for Victoria by heading to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria.
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