Laura is a Chartered Director with a BSc in Psychology (biological sciences) and a MSc in science and arts' communication. She is a former science journalist with experience in media relations, media training, event management and not-for-profit associations. She was a founding director of www.alphagalileo.org, promoting museums and science centres including the National Museum of Science and Industry (UK), Natural History Museum (UK), Cite des Sciences (France) and the Nehru Planetarium (India). She has contributed to best practice in arts and science communication via trade publications, strategic partnerships, online networks and media-training. She has published a dissertation on public engagement with museums via Web 2.0 and is committed to the societal benefits of knowledge-sharing with the museum community and wider publics.
Bridget has worked with MA (Vic) since 2003 when she was Office Administrator. She then became MAP Manager and after the past few years of kid wrangling and working on and off for MA (Vic) as Office Assistant, she is now our new Events Coordinator. Bridget has a Post Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Social Science in Communication and Cultural Studies.
Manager, Exhibition Services
As Exhibition Services Manager for MA (Vic), Kitty Owens delivers the Roving Curator Program, assisting small museums with exhibition development projects. Kitty has previously undertaken curatorial roles at the Koorie Heritage Trust, the University of Melbourne, and the Arts Centre. During her time as a Manager of the MA (Vic) Museum Accreditation Program, Kitty wrote assessment reports about the activities of more than 30 Victorian museums and galleries, and she is the author of the 2016 MA (Vic) report on Local Government and Cultural Collections in Victoria.
Manager, Victorian Collections
Ashley relocated to Australia from the United States in 2012 to pursue a PhD in Indonesian Studies at the University of Melbourne, having completed her degree in 2016. She also holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews. She has worked for the National Museum of Scotland, UNESCO, and Museums Victoria, specialising in collections management, heritage consultancy, and historical research. In her spare time, she enjoys studying languages and playing traditional Indonesian percussion music as a member of Putra Panji Asmara Gamelan.
Manager, Victorian Collections
Belinda is an historian who makes films. She has worked part-time for Museums Australia (Victoria) since 2012 in the role of Co-Manager of the Victorian Collections program. Belinda also makes film content for and about museums with Tiny Empire Collective, and has produced several short form documentaries for Museums Australia (Victoria) in collaboration with Culture Victoria. Belinda is currently undertaking a Centenary of World War One Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, developing a film exploring a fundraising football match between factory workers from Ballarat's Lucas Factory (the Lucas Girls) and Melbourne's Federal Khaki Clothing Factory. This is one of the first documented women's football matches in Victoria.
Operations Coordinator, Victorian Collections
Lauren joined MA (Vic) team in August 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Ancient Cultures and Archaeology) and is currently completing a Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University, focusing on unaccessioned or orphaned items found in collections across Victoria. She has worked across a range of collections from the Jewish Museum of Australia, Shrine of Remembrance and Sydney Living Museums, specialising in collections management and online collection access. When not perusing galleries or cataloguing objects with delight, Lauren can be found outside, hiking and gardening.
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program
Simone joined MA (Vic) as Green Museum Project Manager in February 2017. She has a particular interest in assisting regional communities to care for collections while taking the lead on climate change. She has recently completed her Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University and has been an enthusiastic volunteer within the sector, having spent time working with a variety of fine art, medical, and social history collections. When not noodling around galleries and museums, she will often be found in her garden.
Lana joined the MA (Vic) team in August 2017. She holds a Masters of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Tourism Management and Marketing from RMIT. She’s currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing. Lana is a marketing professional with extensive experience in cultural tourism and heritage organisations. Her previous roles included working for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Bendigo Trust. When not juggling life with two small children, Lana’s interests include community radio, museums, music and reading. Having grown up in Melbourne, Lana is passionate about the local food and wine scene and discovering that next amazing cup of coffee.
Editor, INSITE Magazine
INSITE Editor since 2000, Roisin has worked with MA (Vic) since 1996 when she was our Administrative Assistant. Before this, she completed a studio residency from the Australia Council in New York and another at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne. Roisin has a Post Graduate Diploma in Art History & Cinema Studies (The University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Painting (RMIT). Her interests include visual arts, cinema and knitting.
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program
Amelia joined MA (Vic) in 2017. She has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Museums Studies and Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and has a particular interest in the relationship between museums and social justice. Typically she can be found exploring art and social history exhibitions, or scouring Victoria’s op-shops, and on a really good day crafting an itinerary which combines both.
Cindy comes to MA (Vic) from Beleura House & Garden in Mornington, where she worked as a Collections Manager and Curatorial and Visitor Services Assistant. Cindy has a Bachelor of Art (Visual Arts) from Curtin University, an Advanced Diploma of Animation from Perth Central TAFE, a Certificate in Museum Studies from Edith Cowan University and a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University. Cindy worked at the Holmes á Court Gallery, East Perth and the World Heritage Site, Fremantle Prison.
Tammy started working for Fame Group Pty Ltd in 2003 with a range of clients on their book keeping, financial management, and payroll requirements. Tammy worked for VECCI as Event Coordinator and during this time took on a special project to design and implement VECCI’s Y2K website. Between positions Tammy had three children and now works part time. She has completed a Diploma in Accounting and has a number of clients in the not for profit sector.
Image: Museum Accreditation Program Managers and Panellists on an Accreditation visit to Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). Artwork pictured: 'From Little Things, Big Things', 2015, oil on canvas, by Hobie Porter (WAG collection).