Travelling exhibitions

Travelling exhibitions

Travelling exhibitions from Museum of Applied Art and Sciences are designed for a range of venues and audiences including galleries, museums, libraries and small local venues. Exhibition packages generally include the display and also promotional and educational material. In many cases, Museum staff can assist with installation, opening, publicising and dismantling of the exhibition. The level of security, climate control and size of venue required by each show varies and is assessed by a facilities report.

Expressions of Interest

MAAS is seeking feedback from venues interested in hosting a number of MAAS exhibitions. If you would like to put in an EOI or have any questions please contact Niki Mortimer at

Expressions of Interest close on Wednesday 9 March 2016. We will then review all submissions.

Parisian Fashion Plates

2003/16/3-8/1 Fashion plate, Costumes Parisiens 61, pochoir (engraved and screen printed / stencilled) print / designed by Georges Barbier, Journal des Dames et des Modes, Paris, France, 1913

This exhibition features exquisite, rarely exhibited, early 20th century Parisians haute couture fashion plates, presenting fashionable men, women and children’s outfits.

Originally released as limited edition inserts in the Journal des Dames et des Modes (published in Paris from 1 June 1912 through to 1914), these delicate artist-designed, pochoir printed fashion plates were designed to appeal to an audience of connoisseurs and aesthetes, and to reflect the optimistic intellectual and artistic atmosphere of Parisian culture and fashion at the time. Their opulence and beauty documents the final stages of the Belle Epoque period, which, like the Journal, ended with the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

Pochoir plates like these were inserted into illustrated French fashion, architecture and design magazines from the turn of the century through the 1930s, promoting Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. The iridescent quality of the plates is achieved using the timeconsuming and expensive pochoir printing process, where each print is meticulously created by hand using a combination of copper plate engraving for the crisp black lines and hand painted stencils for the vibrant colours.

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Toy Trains

Recollect: Toy Trains exhibition views.

Almost from the beginning of the railway age, toy trains have captured the imagination of generations of children and adults. The exhibition showcases up to 150 miniature trains from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ extensive collection. Toy Trains is part of the Recollect series, a series of displays developed by MAAS to reveal the breadth and scope of our extraordinary collections. The majority of the toy trains, buildings and accessories in this exhibition are printed tinplate made between 1880 and 1960 by English manufacture Hornby, and German makers Bing and Marklin. They represent trains of the steam era available for sale from Australian retailers.

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Gravity (and Wonder)

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This exhibition explores the concept and science of gravity. It looks at how the study of gravity has revealed great knowledge and understanding about our universe, as well the truly wondrous developments that have resulted from this knowledge, such as space exploration.

It will also address gravity as an invisible force – and one that is surrounded by mystery and wonder– which has generated a multiplicity of spiritual, artistic and poetic responses. Through the inclusion of contemporary art (on loan and commissioned) the exhibition aims to introduce alternate ways of thinking about the multi-dimensionaility of matter, time and space.

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Collette Dinigan: Unlaced

Collette Dinnigan: unlaced, exhibition views:

Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced is the first exhibition to celebrate the career of internationally acclaimed Australian designer Collette Dinnigan. Featuring approximately 30 garments and archival material from the Museum’s collection and Dinnigan’s personal archive the exhibition explores Dinnigan’s creative process and the romantic, feminine designs that have seen her work sought after by a star-studded clientele of international actresses and royalty.

Best known for her signature lace and embellished designs the exhibition showcases Dinnigan’s ability to reconceptualise vintage forms and materials in designs that are fresh and modern in a series of striking themed sets.

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Million Dollar Mermaid: Annette Kellerman

Annette Kellermann, [Kellerman] How to Swim, [book] George H. Doran Company, New York, 1918. Research Library 797.2 KEL.

This is the story of Australia’s Annette Kellerman (1886–1975), who became an international celebrity as an endurance swimmer, an entertainer of the vaudeville stage, a star of American silent films and a proponent of health and fitness for women.

She developed a style of aquatic performance based on underwater ballet and high diving, popularised the women’s one-piece swimsuit, paved the way for synchronised swimming, starred as an action hero in feature films and ran a fitness instruction business.

She defied convention to present a unique style of performance centred on her physicality. In the presentation of her body as a spectacle, she challenged existing standards of modesty and rejected past practices of corsetry and cumbersome swimsuits. As an innovative exponent of a new female athleticism, she was a trailblazer for the modern woman.

The exhibition will interpret the performance, artistry and achievements of Annette Kellerman with a display from the significant MAAS collection of costumes and accessories.

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Fablab is a new exhibition model for the Museum that will integrate a participatory maker space with a display of 3D printed objects and related content. The exhibition will explore how new digital technologies have revolutionised design practice, production methods and the dissemination of ideas and innovation research. These new technologies have moved design practice and research from a closed black box mentality to an open box format where open source design practice is becoming embedded in research facilities, designer studios and the DIY home workshop. The exhibition will also give visitors access to 3D printing machines.

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Currently Travelling

Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia


Australian Muslim women dress in diverse styles and are increasingly choosing to engage with global fashion trends while also expressing their faith. Faith, fashion, fusion explores Australia’s emerging modest fashion market and the work of a new generation of fashion designers, retailers and bloggers offering stylish clothing and fashion advice to Muslim women.

Faith, fashion and Muslim identity are further explored through the experiences and achievements of a group of Australian Muslim women. Their stories reflect on the diversity of the Muslim community and the importance of the Muslim faith in all aspects of their lives. more..

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
November 2015 – 28 February 2016

Fairfield City Museum & Gallery
12 March – 15 May 2016

National Archives of Australia
28 May – 4 September 2016

Winning Sky Photos


Winning Sky Photos is the exhibition of the top entries from the David Malin Awards astrophotography competition held annually by the Central West Astronomical Society and open
to photographers around Australia. The photographs are judged by world renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. The competition aims to encourage photographers to use their vision, imagination and skill to produce inspiring and beautiful images of the sky. There are seven categories: deep sky; wide-field; solar system: high-res (field of view less than one moon-width); solar system: wide field (field of view greater than one moon-width); animated sequences: scientific; and animated sequences: aesthetic.

Winning Sky Photos 2015

Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga
3 December 2015 – 18 February 2016

Sir John Gorton Exhibition Foyer, Kerang Library
1 March – 31 March 2016

9 April – 19 June 2016

Winning Sky Photos 2016

Lavington Library, Albury
8 November 2016 – 8 January 2017

RiAus, Adelaide
18 January – 19 March 2017

Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga
28 March – 21 May 2017

31 May – 19 July 2017