- Thursday 17 August 2017
A new policy has been adopted by Sunshine Coast Council to manage three significant art and heritage collections in its care - the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, Public Art Collection and Cultural Heritage Collection.
Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said council recognised the significance of the region’s art and cultural heritage and the unique character and identity of the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s important for people to connect with arts and heritage experiences that celebrate the character and identity of a region,” Cr Baberowski said.
“It’s exciting to see that the new policy includes defined focus areas for the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, being Arts and Culture of the Sunshine Coast, Contemporary Australian Art, with a niche focus on the ‘art of sport’, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.
“By protecting and growing the art and heritage collections we can continue to build our region’s cultural identity, share and celebrate our history, lifestyle, people and places, and develop an enduring cultural asset that can be enjoyed by generations to come.”
The Art and Heritage Collections Policy is designed to guide the development, management, accessibility and appreciation of the significant collections in council’s care.
Through the Art and Heritage Collections Policy, council will be able to ensure:
- art and heritage collections are identified, documented, cared for and developed;
- art and heritage collections are valued and actively promoted, made accessible and interpreted;
- the acquisition, commissioning, deaccessioning and lending of works from the collections are conducted in an ethical, consistent and transparent manner, that conforms to and supports council’s corporate vision, policies and strategies; and
- additions to the collections have artistic or heritage merit.
The Sunshine Coast Art Collection includes 385 pieces and has a value of $550,000, the Public Art Collection has 209 pieces and the Cultural Heritage Collection includes heritage objects (including two State Heritage-listed houses), content (including digital), images and documents retained and managed for the purposes of historic significance, conservation, interpretation, access and research.