Museums of the future: three industry insights

The 50th birthday of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a perfect time to discuss how museums are adapting to the challenges of new technology.

In 2017 RMIT and the NGV announced a partnership to strengthen Victoria’s design industry through a combination of academic research and student work.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Design and Social Context and Vice-President Professor Paul Gough said RMIT had been collaborating with the NGV since the inception of its Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture in early 2015.

“The Gallery is the first in Australia to embrace architecture and design as a collective and we applaud and support NGV’s vision for Victoria as an international hub for design,” he said.

In this month’s RMIT in 3 video, Professor Gough spoke to NGV Associate Director of Audience and Engagement, Donna McColm.

McColm provided insight into how galleries are faring in the face of digital disruption, and the prospects for those who have their sights set firmly on a job in this sector:

People still want to connect with the real thing

The popularity of museums and galleries is booming despite the fact that anyone, anywhere can look at any piece of art online. Proof of the power of art and design.

The industry provides a unique form of societal commentary

Museums and galleries reflect and tackle real social and political issues in their programs and displays and people continue to seek these observations and interpretations. The industry has rapidly evolved and will continue to do so as society flexes and changes.

There are a plethora of hidden careers available

The career prospects in a gallery or museum may not be as narrow as one might expect, with roles spanning customer service, publishing and memberships, through to accounting and logistics.

 

Story: Karen Phelan

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