About the event

Legal Ethical Frameworks workshop 2018
Presenter, Ian McDonald at Legal and ethical frameworks: Practical issues for museum and gallery staff workshop, Supreme Court Library Queensland, Brisbane, 2018. Courtesy of M&G QLD.

Date: 10 August 2018, 10am – 3pm
Supreme Court Library Queensland, Brisbane

The workshop covered a range of issues that affect the day-to-day management of collections and organisations. Sessions dealt with:

  • Governance (including how organisation type can affect or determine decision-making);
  • Institutional ethics (including recognising and managing conflicts);
  • Acquisition issues and processes (including due diligence and provenance issues);
  • Managing and documenting loans; and
  • Managing deaccessioning and disposal processes.

Participants had plenty of time to ask questions and to explore issues, including through group hypotheticals.

Places were limited to one representative per organisation and priority was given to those that have not previously attended this workshop.

About Ian McDonald

The workshop was delivered by Ian McDonald, Special Counsel with Simpsons Solicitors.

Ian advises a number of Australia’s top museums and galleries. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Ian lectures on ethics and law as these apply to cultural property in the Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW: Art + Design and is currently revising Collections Law, an online resource for the museum and gallery sectors.


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This workshop was an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland, supported by Public Galleries Queensland and AMaGA Queensland.


Training & Professional Development team

Museums & Galleries Queensland

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