2 June 2008
National Gallery of Australia website Prints and Printmaking announced a winner
in the “Best Web” awards
2008, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 2008.
Each year, the world-wide Museums and the Web Conference recognise the best in Museum web design and development in its “Best of the web competition”. A panel of judges review nominated sites in a number of categories.
Prints and Printmaking developed by Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, National Galley of Australia in conjunction with John O’Brien, Soul Solutions, and beneb design won the category for “research” websites.
The winning website printsandprintmaking.gov.au provides a gateway for information on printed images from Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Based on the Australian and Pacific print collection at the National Gallery of Australia there is free online access to over 17,000 images. It also provides information on 45,000 works, 16,000 artists, 5,000 exhibitions and 2,400 galleries. There is a wide variety of search options. Works can be searched by artist, subject, print techniques, print workshops, print publishers, print galleries and public and private collections.
The focus of the site is prints and printmaking by artists from Australia, Aboriginal Australia, the Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea, Maori and Pakeha Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific region including, New Caledonia, Nuie, Samoa, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands.
The website was devised by Roger Butler Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, National Galley of Australia. This access initiative is generously supported by the Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund.