MAAS Regional Programs

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Interns at the Powerhouse

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is committed to regional and outreach programs across NSW and nationally. Along with sector partners, it plays a critical role in supporting vibrant arts and culture nationally and across NSW.

We do this through our programming, exhibitions and community engagement; and by supporting the NSW cultural sector to deliver their goals through skills sharing, professional development and access to our collections.

MAAS Strategic Plan 2014-2020 articulates our commitment to regional NSW. The plan sets a clear direction for the Museum and its iconic venues – Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Discovery Centre. The plan outlines our vision, ambition, areas of focus and a new interdisciplinary model of working.

Touring Exhibitions

MAAS has a strong history of developing exhibitions to tour. A range of MAAS developed exhibitions tour regionally, nationally and internationally. For more details.

Western Sydney

Significant investment is being undertaken at Castle Hill Discovery Centre and from July 2015 we reopen for Open Weekends, school visits and booked group visits in conjunction with Sydney Living Museums and Australian Museum.


MAAS provides opportunities for regional students and schools through a range of programs including digital engagement through dedicated websites; student exhibitions, including designTECH, as well as student workshops and educator led school tours. Our digital and video-conference programs enable Education programs to support primary and secondary learning across NSW and nationally. For more details.

Advisory Service

MAAS provides free access to professional skills and knowledge across collections management, program development and other areas of museum practice to a limited number of NSW cultural organisations each year through a simple expression of interest. Guidelines for applications will be announced in early 2015. For more details on services and for more details on museum practice resources.

Workshops and Presentations

MAAS staff are available for presentations and workshops in specific professional areas of collection management including registration and conservation services, curation, program development and other areas of our practice. Our staff regularly present and provide professional development programs at local and national conferences and gatherings. Guidelines for applications will be announced in 2015. For more details on conservation resources.

Regional Stakeholder Forum

MAAS coproduces this forum with Museums & Galleries NSW, and in collaboration with key State cultural organisations. The forum is held annually in November. If you are a new regional museum and would like to join our database for updates on the forum program email your details to

Collections Access and Loans

MAAS’s extensive and diverse collection is available for loan to regional and remote museums, with some subsidised fees available for organisations that face financial hardship. For more details.

Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress. There are currently approximately 150 items in the register from organizations other than the Museum. For more details on contributing to the register.

Internships, Fellowships and Placements

MAAS will continue to support a limited number of internships, fellowships and placements for tertiary and early career professionals and volunteers. Guidelines for applications will be announced early 2015.

Exhibition texts and publishing

MAAS has a number of publications available for purchase, some of these are useful for regional collecting institutions, for example, the Australian Dress Register resources booklet and All is not lost: the collection recovery book. For more details.

For further enquiries on regional services please email or contact Deborah Vaughan +61 2 9217 0104