Detail: Mawalan Marika Untitled c.1957
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
National Gallery of Australia
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The National Gallery’s collection is accessioned and documented
in order to account for each work of art in the collection. Works of art
are then catalogued to provide information about the collection and to
enable access to that information.
The National Gallery maintains appropriate records of works of art by
applying professional standards of collection documentation. The collection
is documented by:
- ensuring all works of art are accessioned on acquisition;
- utilising a computerised collection management system;
- undertaking research and scholarship on the collections and documenting
such research and scholarship;
- updating and amending information as appropriate about collections;
- auditing collection documentation records on a regular basis.
Following a comprehensive review of collection management systems, the
National Gallery has selected the Electronic Museum Collection Management
System (EMu CMS) to upgrade the ageing Titan system. Implementation of
the Emu system has commenced, with the phasing-in of the system, testing
and training of staff expected to continue into the latter half of 2001.
As a Windows product, the system is user-friendly, fully web-enabled and
has multimedia capabilities which will allow improved collection management.
The system is also able to generate statistics, summaries and management
reports directly from data. The total number of works that have been digitised
for the new collection management system is 17,000, with 499 digitised
In accordance with government policy, the national collection was revalued
during the year. The collection is revalued triennially by an independent
art valuer in liaison with Gallery curators.