Museum, CSU combine for window project

Combined effort: Students from CSU, their lecturers, Mayor Peter Besseling, Uncle Bill O’Brien, MP Luke Hartsuyker and Port Macquarie Historical Museum staff. Photo: Matt AttardThe Port Macquarie Museum collaborated with Charles Sturt University staff and students to formally unveil the museum’s new front window designs on February 22.

The windows feature images and objects from the museum’s collection and showcase the talents of CSU Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design students.

“When the designs were installed late last year, we were unable to thank the students involved as they were overseas on a study tour and then went straight into University holidays,” said Debbie Sommers, Port Macquarie Museum’s Volunteer Curator.

“The designs were funded in part by a small grant under CSU’s 2016 Community University Partnership (CUP) Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program.

“The Museum provided the students with a number of images from its extensive collection and provided a brief for the project then it was over to the students to work on their designs.

“Our Graphic Design students worked in teams on this project for a number of months.”

Willhemina Wahlin, CSU Graphic Design Lecturer, said the first and second year students were divided into mixed teams.

“This created an opportunity for them to work collaboratively so they could tease out the best approach to the window designs,” she said.

“We loved being a part of this project because it gave us all a chance to learn more about the history of the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.

“Design can provide some really interesting solutions for organisations that want to communicate effectively, and our students now have such a great project as part of their portfolio of work.

“We are delighted with the window designs and extremely impressed with the quality of the students work.”

Student Melissa Streater worked on one particular window, saying she was proud of the outcome and happy to gain valuable experience.

“It’s nice that CSU students have a chance to work on projects like this in the community. It was a great way to showcase our skills and get real world experience,” she said.

“I was doing the Indigenous window with my friend, Tom, and it was nice to be able to showcase Australia’s black history and is something for us to be really proud of.”

The Port Macquarie Museum is located at 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, within Port Macquarie’s cultural heritage precinct.

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