Written by Catherine Bennetts-Cash – Gallery Registrar at Bunjil Place Gallery
Opened in October 2017, Bunjil Place is the first facility of its kind, bringing together creativity, entertainment and community in a way that is unparalleled in Australia. Within the $125 million dollar building, designed by award-winning international architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), is housed an 800 seat theatre, a 200 seat black-box studio, a function center with capacity to seat 350 people, a three-story public library, an outdoor community plaza, an art gallery and offices for 800 City of Casey staff. These spaces are all connected by the foyer in which sits the heart of the architectural design, the large interlocking timber gridshell.
Bunjil Place Gallery is a standard regional gallery for Melbourne’s South-East with facilities that are designed to meet and exceed current international museum standards to allow for the loan of objects of national and international significance. The exhibition program consists of a diverse range of exhibitions that includes the City of Casey and surrounds, Australian and international content, historical and contemporary works and covers a wide range of media. The program is developed with a whole precinct approach, to reimagine and enliven the audience experience, and increase the potential for artistic innovation. Bunjil Place values artists, at all stages of their careers, and places them at the centre of creative programming, including commissions and focussed projects and programs.
Bunjil Place Gallery adopted Vernon CMS from the outset to effectively manage incoming loans for exhibition and with the view to use the system to catalogue and manage a future art collection for the people of the City of Casey. The Gallery also plans to migrate data of the City of Casey’s extensive Public Art Collection and Civic Memorabilia Collection to Vernon and publish these collections online via the Browser module.
Vernon was selected over other collection management systems due to its user-friendly interface, high-level customer support and extensive scope for detailed documentation and information management.
Link to Bunjil Place Gallery website https://www.bunjilplace.com.au/about/gallery