3 December 2017
A huge thank you to clients and partners for a fantastic year.
Amongst many projects, the Interpretive Master Plan and Commercial Model for a new Tauranga Museum/Cultural Centre has been a particular focus this year. This week we should know which option, and which location, will be decided. All going well, capital fundraising will commence next year.
This year also saw the opportunity for a major study of current museum and culural centre projects in Europe, throughout September. I particularly would like to thank Vanda Vitali and Francois Confino for their hosting and support in France. And thanks to Mariska Kecskemeti and Laszlo Virag for their superb advice on Hungarian cultural projects. Great guidance was also received from Oliver Jones of Berlin, and Catalonia's Oscar Nigris.
Caixa Madrid, Berlinische Gallerie, and the Topographie of Terror (Berlin), were amongst some real highlights. But also worth noting were the number of museum experiences that treat their visitors without any real consideration. There is so much work to do - to up our game.
Congratulations to clients Dunedn City Council, Te Papa, CAM Board of Directors, and Tauranga City Council for great progress made this year.
Here's to 2018.
1 May 2017
New Australian projects include concept development for the proposed Gladstone Port Cultural Centre with Positive Solutions. We are also continuing our previous involvement with Castlemaine Art Museum (previously CAGHM). Working with a consortium led by Positive Solutions and The Maytrix Group, the focus is on a business case to support the next ten years of the Museum's development.
We are also pleased to advise of our appointment to lead the development of the Museum Strategy - covering Interpretive Master Plan and Business Model for a new Tauranga Museum.
Work to support Te Papa's major renewal project in Wellington has seen two feasibility studies for fund raising: Review of the natural environment redevelopment project, and the expansion of the visual arts spaces on Level Four.
The end of 2016 saw Dunedin City Council approval for our work on a five year strategic plan for Toitu/Otago Early Settlers Museum and the Dunedin Chinese Garden. We would like to thank the strong support from the council, management and staff, and numerous Dunedin stakeholders.
3 September 2016
Positive Solutions is partnered with Neil Anderson Consulting on the completion of the new strategic cultural plan for Coffs Harbour city in New South Wales. This includes significant foundation work and research on the gallery/library concept, and the performing arts centre concept.
We also recently completed some advisory work with the Australian Centre for Moving Image on the project planning for their exciting redevelopment project.
Current New Zealand projects include; collabration with Locales on the concept description for a new Waipa cultural centre, leading the concept testing for Te Papa's new natural environment floor, and facilitating management workshops for Wellington Museum Trust's second stage of its major capital project.
30 March 2016
We are very pleased to see today's announcement of the architects for the Parramatta Cultural Centre in Western Sydney. The design jury voted unanimously to award the international design competition to a consortium of French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and Australian firms DesignInc and Lacoste + Stevenson. We are particularly happy that the design concept strongly reflects the Master Plan and architectural briefing undertaken by the Parramatta Project Team, colleagues David Hebblethwaite, Shad Mortazivi, and Neil Anderson Consulting. We look forward to the next steps of the project.
12 February 2016
With Positive Solutions and Providence Group, we are completing the major review of Creative New Zealand funding schemes. This exciting project has been amplified through outstanding contributions from CNZ staff and from funded and non-funded organisations. Advisory work has continued on proposed cultural facilities and services in Canberra (Aus), Wairarapa (NZ) and Glasgow (Scotland). Over the summer break we have had the opportunity to see the newest programming and experiences from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Sovererign Hill in Ballarat, The Bendigo Art Gallery, and NGV in Melbourne. In all cases, the range of people, and the nature of their engagement, was fantastic to see, and utterly inspiring.
17 November 2015
The opening for the Attic at Wellington Museum (New Zealand) last Thursday unveiled the new top floor. It was an outstanding event, and it launched the most magical exhibition of quirky stories and objects about the city...also a complete experiential pleasure. http://www.museumswellington.org.nz/theattic/
We look forward to the continuation of the Museum's master planned capital projects.
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum have announced the opening of Ben Quilty's exhibition After Afghanistan on January 16 2016.
Earlier this year we (with Positive Solutions) were pleased to review the performance of CAGHM and assist with a three year action plan for future brand, policy, process, operational and capital works. http://www.castlemainegallery.com/
5 October 2015
We are pleased to announce new projects for Creative New Zealand with Providence Group, and led by Positive Solutions.
Work continues for Parramatta City Council on the exciting Parramatta Discovery Centre Project.
We look forward to attending the opening of the new Attic experience at Wellington Museum in New Zealand. We were pleased to provide the feasibility study for the Wellington Museums Trust on the capital development plans for the Museum.
Neil Anderson Consulting’s voluntary activity includes work for Museums Australia on Indigenous representation and participation in the sector. We also welcome further inquiries for voluntary career mentoring across the cultural and tourism sectors.
Our voluntary work to assist LGBTI refugees escaping Iraq continues, but without enough success. But we will persevere.