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Rockhampton Curator, Holly Grech-Fitzgerald, completes an inspiring Mentorship at the National Gallery of Australia

Posted on: 15 September 2011

Holly Grech-Fitzgerald, Curator, University Art Collection, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton

Another successful applicant to M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program, Holly Grech-Fitzgerald, has returned from her Gallery Mentorship with the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Holly is Curator of the University Art Collection, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton.

The Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is being offered again for 2012. Potential applicants must register with M&GSQ no later than 14 October 2011 – see the end of this article for details.

Holly talks about the success of her placement:

This Mentorship has benefited me both professionally and personally.  Training in arts practices is limited in regional Queensland, and the opportunity to participate in this Mentorship at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) benefited me exceedingly through learning better arts industry skills. I have learned how to manage, preserve and present CQUniversity’s Collection more efficiently and effectively, and have acquired knowledge in areas such as:

  • Curating
  • Accessioning and cataloguing
  • Registration
  • Copyright and intellectual property documentation
  • Collections management: documentation, techniques, equipment and suppliers
  • Conservation: documentation, techniques, equipment and suppliers
  • Artwork photo-documentation: techniques and equipment
  • Storage and workshop area: techniques and equipment

Liaising and working with the NGA’s arts professionals provided me with a great deal of knowledge, guidance and support. I have stayed in contact with various NGA staff members, and established professional relationships and networks that continue to provide me with assistance and advice on arts practices, services and suppliers available in Australia.

Personally I found the whole experience to be very uplifting, being amongst so many arts professionals throughout the institution. It was an inspiring experience being submerged in the Gallery environment and surrounded by the NGA’s Collection of works, behind the scenes and on display. The experience has provided me with self-belief, direction within my career and a more in-depth appreciation of the arts in general.

Since returning to work, I have already applied many skills and techniques acquired during the Mentorship to the CQUniversity Art Collection. I have implemented a considerable amount of the advice given from the staff of the NGA, ranging from collections management and conservation techniques through to the promotion and marketing of the University’s Art Collection.

I feel the experience surpassed my expectations as it gave me a broader understanding of the arts in society and a great deal of personal growth was achieved … as a whole, the experience was amazing.  

M&GSQ’s 2012 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is open for applications. The Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture. Go to the M&GSQ website, for guidelines and application forms or contact M&GSQ on 1800 680 433 (freecall within Queensland).

Potential applicants must contact M&GSQ staff by 14 October 2011. Applications close on 9 December 2011.

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