Career Spotlight: So you want to be a Registrar…a what?

The movement and handling of artworks is a fascinating and specialised field, and one that is not learnt through a degree.
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Collection’s Registrar AGNSW Emma Smith demonstrates a travelling case; Photo ArtsHub courtesy AGNSW

The registrar in a cultural institution implements the policies and procedures for the storage, packing, and movement of artworks and objects. This is generally divided between the museum’s own collection and those artworks temporarily coming into the gallery for exhibition, and is a role that is usually split in larger institutions into two separate jobs.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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