National Gallery of Australia
Pyrus was contracted to post a ‘best practice’ accessible virtual event during COVID-19 with enough appeal to secure paying delegates, delivered on budget and in the creative space that upholds the NGA’s reputation was challenging.
NGA required a supplier with excellent technical capabilities, with proven event management and production expertise and the ability to lead when necessary as well as work in tandem with the complementary skills of the internal team.
Pyrus first came to the attention of the NGA following Director Adam Bannister’s participation in a panel presentation on the logistics and technology required to deliver an accessible virtual event/festival with multiple presenters and audience with disability impressed and inspired the Gallery. Initially a project consultant to NGA, it soon became evident that Pyrus was the right supplier to take the lead to deliver the conference to NGA’s high standard.
With many years of project and event production experience in Australia and overseas, Adam and his talent team were engaged to advise on and deliver the KMN Virtual Conference. This included:
Working with Pyrus resulted in the NGA being able to deliver a high quality accessible online conference that other providers had not been able to delivery technically or within the Gallery's parameters.
Key to the seamless execution of the conference was Pyrus’ understanding of potential audience challenges including internet connectivity and technical know-how and their attention to detail across every facet of the conference, including co-ordinating all the speakers on the day and in pre-event rehearsals.
Pyrus set up a broadcast studio onsite, supplying the equipment and knowledge in order to work collaboratively with the Gallery’s technical staff, providing valuable professional development to maintain a high level of accessibility for future events. allowing them to learn in the process too.
Co-Producers of the Know My Name Conference, Jessi England and Adriane Boag reported extremely positively on the impact of working with Pyrus commenting that “Pyrus brought a number of core attributes to the outcome of the conference, including an understanding and passion for artists and audiences with disabilities, an openness to engage with the visual arts, a generosity in their working processes and interaction with Gallery staff, delegates and presenters, and an understanding of all aspects of online events and audience needs.
“Pyrus has the technical ability to fill a void in our internal resourcing, they have an amazing reputation within the sector. The team are highly professional and being regionally based made Adam and his team important allies for the Gallery’s national agenda. The industry feedback we received post-conference on the inclusiveness and high standard achieved through Pyrus’ delivery, was that this needs to become the norm for conferencing in Australia. Together we have set the bar very high within the industry.”