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  • 28 Jun 2014 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    If you are reading this, you have clearly found your way to the new Friends of TMAG website. Your committee has been hard at work, getting the site ready for you. In future this will be the major point for dealing with membership applications, renewals, registration for events and more.

    For now, we are populating the site with what we hope will be useful and interesting information for members. On the Home page, for example, you can download copies of recent Friends Newsletters.

    In the About Us section, we have placed a copy of our Constitution document, for interest and reference. (This is a scanned copy of the hard copy we have - if any member has the current constitution as a word processor document, could you please forward it to us at friends@tmag.tas.gov.au - we'd be grateful and it will save someone a lot of typing!)

    Also on the About Us page you'll find our new Privacy Policy. Like any organisation in Australia, the Friends of TMAG is subject to the Australian Privacy Principles and associated legislation. The Policy details what personal information we collect, how it is managed and what uses it is put to. 

  • 28 Jun 2014 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Your personalised membership renewal letters and forms are on their way to you. There is even a reply-paid envelope to return the form, plus we have offered a range of options for payment.

    We hope you find the renewal process easy, and encourage you to renew promptly so you don't miss out on any of the events that we have coming up.

  • 07 May 2014 2:06 PM | Anonymous
    We had a brilliant tour of Shene Estate last Sunday afternoon. Anne and David Kernke gave a wonderful tour of the magnificent gothic stables, the great barn and through their homestead before treating us to afternoon tea. Take a look at the Photos page for a taster or reminder.

    Due to the overwhelming response to this activity and the large number of members who missed out, we have secured a second tour of Shene on Sunday 25 May. A notice is being sent to those who missed out on the first tour. Depending on the uptake by those members, a wider notification may be sent.
  • 04 May 2014 10:47 AM | Anonymous
    Artist Donna Ritchie, who works as a Visitor Services Officer at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, is having an exhibition at the SideSpace Gallery of the Salamanca Arts Centre this month, and members are warmly welcomed to pop along for a look.

    The exhibition, entitled Burnt Rubber, explores social behaviour and the consequences of greed. 

    Donna writes "by using nostalgic triggers, such as matchbox cars, I aim to give the viewer a personal connection to my work whilst filtering messages through."

    "The use of matchbox cars emphasises the 'play' involved in our human existence - when this becomes a 'power play' it has the ability to become an unsustainable process where irreversible damage can be done."

    The main materials used are mass produced matchbox cars alongside handcrafted Italian glass.

    The exhibition runs from Wednesday 7 until Sunday 11 May 2014, from 9 - 5 daily. The Sidespace Gallery is adjacent to the Long Gallery, on the first floor of the Salamanca Arts Centre at 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.

    For more details, see Donna's website www.donnaritchie.com.au/
  • 22 Apr 2014 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    It is approaching that time of year again when we ask you to renew your membership of the Friends of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. It is hard to believe that it is more than a year since the reopening of TMAG following the first stage of its redevelopment. In that time visitation has grown, as has membership of TMAG.

    Your committee has been hard at work implementing a new, very 21st century membership management system that will, in due course, enable those of you who have the inclination to manage your own subscriptions via a website, as well as access news, information about forthcoming events, make payments and donations and generally stay in touch with the activities of the Friends of TMAG.

    We will be using the system from this membership renewal onwards. On this occasion we will be writing to all members and asking you to complete the information a pre-filled form and return it to us by post.

    We will also be asking you to provide your preferred method of contact. We know from our survey of a couple of years ago that many of you are keen for contact to be via email and the web, which this new system will soon be providing. Those who are not so keen, never fear; we shall continue to allow you to subscribe, receive news and make payment by post and cheque for as long as the banks keep accepting them.

    However, given the increasing costs and workload associated with mailing to our growing membership, we do ask that if you have access to email, that you do seriously consider using that channel; the more money we can save on postage, the more we have to support TMAG and its work.

  • 20 Sep 2013 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Your committee is implementing a new computerised cloud-based membership database system to help us stay in touch and better serve our rapidly growing number of Friends. 

    This new, very 21st century membership management system will, in due course, enable those of you who have the inclination to manage your own subscriptions via a website, as well as access news, information about forthcoming events, make payments and donations and generally stay in touch with the activities of the Friends of TMAG. 

    The system, from Canadian developers Wild Apricot, offers a range of benefits, including:

    • A choice of payment options, including direct debit and online payments while still allowing us to accept postal orders and cheques.
    • Managing RSVPs and payments for Friends’ events
    • A Friends website, which could include news, a calendar of events and options for members to manage their own membership preferences online
    • Communication by either email or traditional post
    • It can be managed by any committee member or other authorised person from any location – it doesn’t require someone sitting in a particular office.

    We anticipate that it will take a few months for us to transfer all the membership information and the years of corporate knowledge that are held within Jean’s estimable card index system. Members should not notice any change or interruption to services at present, until we reach the point where we can begin email communications for those who have opted for it.

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