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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY GalleriesWest acknowledges the First Nations peoples of Western Australia as the traditional custodians of the country that our public galleries are situated on and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging. GalleriesWest further acknowledges that sovereignty over these lands was never ceded and that all of the work that we do is built on the rich and deep culture of Western Australia’s First Nations people.

INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving, unprecedented situation. To keep you up-to-date, GalleriesWest has adapted this document prepared and generously shared by Museums & Galleries Queensland to support our sector through this challenging time.

Above all, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and those around you by observing social distancing, staying informed and adhering to the recommended health and safety measures.

Cover image: Pinjarra Massacre exhibition installed at Collie Art Gallery, image courtesy ART ON THE MOVE


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CONTENTS Advice & information


Support/assistance 5 Staying connected


Health & wellbeing


Disclaimer 8


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Up-to-date information, advice and resources from the Federal Government can be accessed from: Federal Government website www.australia.gov.au

Federal Government’s Coronavirus Australia app available at: App Store

Safe Work Australia checklists Workplace checklist https://swa.govcms.gov.au/sites/ default/files/2020-05/COVID-19_ Workplace-Checklist.pdf

Physical distancing checklist

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/ covidsafe/id1509242894

https://swa.govcms.gov.au/sites/ default/files/2020-04/COVID-19Physical-Distancing-Checklist.pdf

Google Play

Cleaning checklist

https://play.google.com/store/apps/ details?id=au.gov.health.covidsafe

https://swa.govcms.gov.au/sites/ default/files/2020-04/COVID-19_ Cleaning-Checklist.pdf

Federal Government’s WhatsApp channel https://api.whatsapp.com/ send?phone=61400253787& text=To%20learn%20more%20 about%20COVID-19%20in%20 Australia,%20press%20the% 20send%20button%20%E2% 86%92&source=&data=&auto load=false

Office of the Arts website https://www.arts.gov.au/covid19-update

Australia Council for the Arts website https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/ about/covid-19/

Health, hygiene and facilities checklist https://swa.govcms.gov.au/sites/ default/files/2020-04/COVID-19Good-Hygiene-Checklist.pdf

The Treasury – Economic Response to Coronavirus – JobKeeper payment https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/ jobkeeper

NDIS (information is available in audio and Auslan formats) https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus

Department of Health website https://www.health.gov.au/


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Business and Industry Advice https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/ department-of-the-premier-andcabinet/covid-19-coronavirusbusiness-and-industry-advice#covidsafety-plans

Worksafe WA https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/ worksafe/covid-19-coronavirus

WA Department of Health https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/ coronavirus

Support for Small Businesses fact sheet https://www.wa.gov.au/sites/default/ files/2020-05/covid-19-stategovernment-support-for-smallbusinesses-fact-sheet.pdf

Regional Development Commissions for your region http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/about/ PORTFOLIO/Independent-Partners/ Regional-Development-Commissions/ Pages/default.aspx

WA First Nations https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/ A_E/Coronavirus/Coronavirusinformation-for-Aboriginal-people


Blue Shield Australia Access the practical guide prepared by Blue Shield Australia and Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) for people who are responsible for closing collections of movable cultural heritage in collecting organisations such as archives, galleries, herbaria, historical societies, libraries and museums and at heritage sites. https://blueshieldaustralia.org.au/news/closed-by-covid-19-checklist-for-glamsand-historical-and-heritage-sites/

Arts Law Centre of Australia https://www.artslaw.com.au/ information-sheet/covid-19-faqsfor-artists/

Justice Connect Response to COVID-19 Briefing Note, Guidance for the not-forprofit-sector

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (updated regularly)

https://www.nfplaw.org.au/sites/ default/files/media/Justice_ Connect_-_Response_to_COVID-19_ briefing_note.pdf

https://www.naccho.org.au/home/ aboriginal-health-alerts-coronaviruscovid-19/

Volunteering Australia https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/ coronavirus/#/


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Economic Stimulus Package For details of the Federal Government’s Economic Response to Coronavirus see https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus


Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is working on a range of options to assist arts and cultural organisations and independent artists dealing with the impact of COVID-19. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/ department/news/news-article/ 2020/05/05/update-on-dlgsc-cultureand-the-arts-grants-due-to-covid-19


The Western Australian Government has implemented a staged lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and developed guidelines to assist businesses and community activities to reopen or recommence. https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/ department/news/newsarticle/2020/05/21/covid-safetyguidelines-and-covid-safety-plans

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Keen to develop your advocacy skills to champion the arts with confidence, but not sure where or how to begin? Every Wednesday evening, join Esther Anatolitis and Australia’s leading advocacy thinkers and practitioners online at 4pm AEST. Let’s talk arts, policy, media, political and public engagement. What works? What doesn’t? What can we achieve together? The aim is to foster confident, informed advocacy by smart, connected artists and arts leaders. Not just once-off, not just in an emergency, but in an ongoing way that precludes such policy and funding emergencies. Let’s build something that lasts. Our efforts will culminate in Arts Day on the Hill – Australia’s national day of advocacy for the arts. Pop it in your calendar: this year’s Arts Day on the Hill is on Wednesday 12 August, during the first sitting week once Parliament resumes. https://visualarts.net.au/nava-events/2020/nava-advocacy-program/ With our galleries closed to the public and many of us working from home, it is more important than ever that we stay connected. Below are some of the many ways we can, as a sector, share our stories, ideas and lessen the isolation.

Little Lunch Online (LLOL) is a quick 30-minute chance to check in, share ideas and connect with each other while grabbing a quick bite of lunch. https://artsfront.com/event/37103little-lunch-online-llol#!tab=lunches

First Nations Roundtables are an ongoing series of updates and discussions facilitated by the Australia Council for the Arts around the impacts of COVID-19 and First Nations artists and arts organisations. https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/ programs-and-resources/first-nationsroundtables/

Australia Council for the Arts is delivering a series of online webinars, titled Creative Connections, offering practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes. The webinars are Auslan interpreted and live-captioned, and will be published on the Australia Council for the Arts’ website following the ‘live’ Zoom presentation. https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/ programs-and-resources/creativeconnections/

Circuit West Professional Development training and support during times of change https://www.circuitwest.com.au/howcircuitwest-can-help-during-covid-19/


Regional Arts WA offers a myriad of programs, grants and support activities for regional organisations https://regionalartswa.events/?region =everywhere&type=events

#MuseumFromHome and #MuseumsFromHome bring together galleries and museums from across the world to share and connect. Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 is a place for Australian arts to ask questions and share ideas about how to work with COVID-19. https://www.facebook.com/ groups/867638387034820/

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Maintaining good health and wellbeing during COVID-19 is important not only for yourselves, but for those around you. Support Act

Beyond Blue



https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ the-facts/looking-after-your-mentalhealth-during-the-coronavirusoutbreak

Head to Health

Kids Helpline




Life Line https://www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp/topics/mental-health-andwellbeing-during-the-coronaviruscovid-19-outbreak


Department of Health – COVID-19 National Health Plan https://www.health.gov.au/resources/ publications/covid-19-nationalhealth-plan-supporting-the-mentalhealth-of-australians-through-thecoronavirus-pandemic

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Disclaimer This resource has been prepared by Museums & Galleries Queensland and adapted by GalleriesWest to support the sector during COVID-19. While every care has been taken in preparing this resource, we encourage users of this information to contact the individual agencies and/or support networks to check the relevancy to you or your organisation’s specific circumstances. Thoughts and opinions expressed in the website links provided in this resource belong to their authors, and not necessarily to Museums & Galleries Queensland or GalleriesWest. Resource published: June 2020

GAL LERI E SWEST E: gallerieswestchair@gmail.com P: 0484 113 830 W: www.gallerieswest.org.au

E: information@magsq.com.au P: 07 3059 9740 W: www.magsq.com.au Museum & Gallery Services Queensland Ltd trading as Museums & Galleries Queensland – ABN 32 109 874 811 is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and is assisted by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, and initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Acknowledgements GalleriesWest gratefully acknowledges the support of ART ON THE MOVE, WALGA and the National Public Galleries Alliance in adapting this resource.

E: admin@artonthemove.art W: artonthemove.art Facebook: @artonthemove.art Instagram: artonthe_move The State Government supports ART ON THE MOVE through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program 2019 presented by ART ON THE MOVE is funded by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message and is presented by ART ON THE MOVE.


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