2017 Symposium Speakers

Day One: Monday 31 July

Nicole Durling
Co-Director of Collections and Exhibitions & Senior Curator, MONA

Starting at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart in 2006, Nicole Durling was part of the foundation team responsible for developing the exhibition and curatorial direction prior to MONA’s opening in 2011.

She continues to drive and oversee MONA’s curatorial program as well as heading up the collection management team. Nicole has commissioned and curated exhibitions such as Theatre of the World (2012), Todd McMillan, Ten Years of Tears (2013), Matthew Barney, River of Fundament (2014), Marina Abramovic, Private Archaeology (2015) and On the Origin of Art (2016).

With a background as a practising artist, Nicole’s approach to exhibition making is to focus on unique experiences and innovative collaborations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (1st Hons) and a Masters of Fine Art as well as a Diploma in Law and Collection Management.

Nicole presents Keeping it Real's first keynote address.

Carina Clement
Libraries and Museum Team Leader, AlburyCity

Carina’s background is predominantly in public libraries and local government, having worked for over 30 years in this field in NSW, Queensland and the UK. Carina has completed a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies and has worked in three different roles in the converged Cultural Services staffing structure at AlburyCity. Her current role incorporates leadership of museum, library and youth teams. Carina will be presenting together with Emma Williams, Museum Curator, AlburyCity.

Emma Williams
Curator, LibraryMuseum, AlburyCity.

Emma is currently curator of AlburyCity's recently redeveloped LibraryMuseum. Prior to working with AlburyCity, Emma was Social History Curator at Canberra Museum & Gallery. With experience across libraries and museums in a number of NSW local government areas, Emma is interested in how cultural convergence can benefit communities and institutions.

Gotaro Uematsu
Biennale of Sydney / Audiovisual Arts Consultant

Gotaro Uematsu is a digital media and Audio Visual expert in the visual arts. He has produced, shot, rendered and presented more AV artwork that most of us will ever see. He is the Audio Visual Coordinator for the Biennale of Sydney, responsible for preparing and presenting hundreds of artworks across multiple venues (including Cockatoo Island) every two years. In addition he is the first port of call on AV delivery for innumerable artists, curators, gallery directors and organisations such as the Australia Council. He is also the undisputed table tennis champion of the Australian art world.

Gotaro will be speaking on the challenges and successful strategies of realising complex and involved projects in the often time poor field of major arts events.

Jenna Bain
Digital Projects Leader, State Library of NSW

Jenna works on a variety of projects that aim to contribute to and improve the digital excellence of the State Library. The projects that Jenna manages can include anything from creating online experiences for the public to engage with the Library's collections to developing digital platforms that improve business efficiency for the organisation. With a passion for shared cultural heritage, open-source collaboration and open data, Jenna hopes to make a positive contribution to the preservation of Australian history by facilitating cultural exchange between people and institutions through technology.

Ken Crouch
General Manager, Screenworks NSW

Prior to Screenworks, Ken was Team Leader / Acting Manager of Community and Cultural Services at Clarence Valley Council. Before moving to the Northern Rivers, Ken worked as Business Operations Manager at the City of Sydney for 7 years. With a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Technical Production) from NIDA, Ken also has experience in writing successful funding applications and in governance, being a previous board member of Arts Northern Rivers and former company secretary of Queer Screen.

Gil Poznanski
Creative Technologies Activator, Melbourne Library Services

Gil is a teacher, artist, activator, who works on educating people about technology and possibilities. He is a dynamic speaker and loves to talk about possibility and using technology to make dreams happen, allowing people to hold their imagination in the palm of their hand.

Kelly Heylen
Curator/Founder Platform Gallery

Platform Gallery is a unique retail and exhibition space dedicated to craft and design in the Blue Mountains, NSW. For several years before opening Platform, Kelly was Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, working with the local economic development agency to grow and facilitate collaboration in the region’s creative industries. As Cluster Manager, Kelly commissioned and managed MTNS MADE, a campaign to boost the visibility and standing of the region’s creative practitioners.

Dr Bob Pymm
Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

Dr Bob Pymm is an adjuct senior lecturer in the School of Information Studies at CSU. He retired from his full time position in 2015 but prior to that was the Associate Head of School.  He still coordinates a specialist online postgraduate course in Audio-visual Archiving and teaches in the areas of collection development, preservation – both traditional materials and digital objects – and local history.  Bob is also working with ALIA and is part of their LIS course accreditation team.

Mary- Anne Scully
Global Sisters

In her work with Global Sisters, Mary-Anne is encouraging entrepreneurship in regional Victoria, and is also developing social impact assessment skills to help businesses and organisations better understand the strategic value and outcomes of their work. Initially trained as a broadcast journalist, Mary-Anne’s background means she is particularly adept at identifying and communicating great stories, understanding what drives business success, and pursuing social change. She later opted to study environmental management because she wanted to help businesses translate complex technical information into terms that could motivate people to care for, manage and protect the natural environment.

Sarah Roberts 
WayOut Wodonga, Gateway Health.

Sarah Roberts has been working in the WayOut Wodonga project at Gateway Health for 4 years. During this time Sarah established the Alphabet Crew social group, the WayOut Wodonga youth action group and provided a number of training opportunities to service providers in Albury Wodonga.

Sarah has worked closely with trans and gender diverse people to advocate for improved access to care and support in the local area. This work culminated in opening the Gateway Health Gender Service, the first of its kind in regional Victoria. Sarah has a background in Public Health and Health Promotion and prior to her role at Gateway she worked with LGBTIQ community in Melbourne’s west.

Di Glover
CEO, YES Unlimited

Di Glover has been CEO of YES since 2000. Di moved into the community services sector after an early administrative career. Her social welfare practice (counselling, youth program development and case management) grew into senior management roles within the Victorian homelessness sector, and further study in Complex Community Care and Community Management. Di currently holds a position on the Board of Foundations, the NSW Peak Association for youth homelessness services, and is the co-chair of the Murrumbidgee District Homelessness Committee.

John Turner
Policy Officer Professional Learning, NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

John Turner works for NESA as a policy officer in the area of professional development. He has worked in DEC schools since 1990, prior to which he was Head of English at St George Girls High School. He is also the Supervisor of Marking for English Extension 1. His interests lie in the areas of teacher's professional development, curriculum and assessment.

John will be leading the session How Your Museum or Library Can Become an Endorsed Provider of Registered Professional Development for Teachers.

Day Two: Tuesday 1 August

Rachael Vincent
Broken Hill Living Museum

Rachael is a cultural professional with 17 years’ experience in museums spanning two hemispheres. Her current focus is on participatory place-making and the interplay between art, history and emotion. This means she works at a local scale to explore the extraordinarily powerful ways in which these concepts connect us to the landscape and to each other.

Janien Ferguson & Sara Korman
Learning and Outreach Officers, AlburyCity LibraryMuseum

Jenien Ferguson
Learning and Outreach Officer: Childhood and Primary Education, AlburyCity LibraryMuseum

Janien is a storyteller, and loves the ability of a good story to connect children to their history, and to their imaginations. Jenien has worked in various roles in public libraries across Australia, and brings her broad experience to focus in her public programming at the LibraryMuseum.

Sara Korman
Learning and Outreach Officer: Museum and Secondary Education, AlburyCity LibraryMuseum.

Sara is an experienced English and History teacher who joined the LibraryMuseum team as the Secondary and Museum Learning and Outreach Officer in 2015. Her teaching experiences include coordinator of Teaching and Learning, developing whole staff capacity in engaging, quality pedagogy, history exemplar programming for the New South Wales Department of Education, overseeing quality programming for the K-10 History syllabus and teaching across the History curriculum years 7-12. At the LibraryMuseum her focus has been on developing interactive and engaging museum learning experiences for students and the general public, with a particular emphasis on Object Based Learning principles.

Dr Michelle Evans
Charles Sturt University

Dr. Michelle Evans is based in Bathurst, she works as an academic, writer, facilitator and cultural producer. Michelle holds a Senior Lectureship in Leadership at Charles Sturt University, is a Fellow at Melbourne Business School and Fellow of the Research Centre for Leadership in Action at New York University. Michelle is Trustee of the Yvonne Cohen Award for Indigenous Creative Young People. Michelle is the Program Director for Australia's first Indigenous Business Master Class program - MURRA - established to skill up Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Shaun Hossack
Founder & Creative Director, Juddy Roller

Juddy Roller is an award-winning street art network or well-established community of passionate individuals. Their aim is to make the world more colourful, vibrant and engaging, one wall at a time and to revolutionise the way society engages with public spaces. To permanently change Australia’s urban landscapes, reflecting the identities of people who walk each city’s streets. Wherever we make our mark, we try to bring about positive change.

Cheney Brew
Trove Outreach Team, National Library Australia

Cheney is a communications professional who especially enjoys translating technical language into accessible and engaging information. As part of the National Library’s Trove Outreach team, she aims to encourage a wide variety of cultural institutions and organisations to partner with Trove and build a complete picture of Australia’s history online. She never gets tired of hearing stories about the wonderful ways people are using Trove.

Jenny Mustey
Library Services Manager, Shire of Campaspe, Echuca

Jenny Mustey has worked for thirty years within the library sector, firstly as a Teacher Librarian and then moved to local government in 1987 to work at the Campaspe Regional Library. She has undertaken a number of roles within the library service and since 2004 has been the Library Services Manager. Jenny is also involved in a number of state, national and international projects and programs within the library industry. Jenny will be presenting alongside Nerida Dye.

Nerida Dye
Community Outreach Coodinator at Campaspe Regional Library, Echuca.

Nerida Dye has worked in the Library industry for 20 years.  She has worked with the State Library of Victoria  Shared  Leadership Program  workgroup,  on the  joint  Public Libraries  Victoria  Network /State Library  of Victoria  Research  Report ‘Victorian  Public Libraries:  Our  future, our  skills’,  and was a member  of  the Public  Libraries  Victoria Network  Executive  Committee 2013/14.  Nerida has  been working in Community Outreach with Campaspe Regional Library since January 2015 engaging those who may find it difficult to access their public library.

Emma White
Coordinator Children’s and Youth Services, Hobsons Bay Libraries.

After nearly a decade working in libraries with children and young people, Emma White remains a passionate advocate for young people and for supporting the development and celebration of children’s and young adult story creators. Emma recently coordinated the Fitzroy Children’s Literature Festival; Celebrating the Creators. You may have seen Emma recently onstage at the Outside the Lines UnConference or Reading Matters 2017. Emma will lead a workshop entitled It doesn't have to be that hard: decoding Generation "What are we up to now?"

Sally Watterson
Consultant, Museums and Galleries of NSW.

Sally Watterson specialises in museum collections, natural and heritage project management, in developing systems of interpretation and writing user-friendly plans and strategies. Sally has 20 years experience working across various roles in museums, historic houses and national parks. Her expertise is in museum management, collections management, curatorial, programming, publication development (both print and web based) site planning, and interpretation. Sally has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, project management and in securing state, local government, federal and international funding. She has also lectured graduate level University students. Sally has a PhD in museology and holds a Graduate Diploma (Heritage Studies) and Bachelor of Arts (Art History and English Literature) and thus has a strong research, writing and editing background.