Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placements Announced

2014 Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placement Recipients

Arts NSW congratulates the successful recipients of the 2014 Mentorship, Fellowship and Professional Placement Program. There were 22 applicants in total with two Fellowships, four Mentorships and six Volunteer Placements being awarded to paid and volunteer staff throughout NSW.



The Fellowship Program is targeted to mid-level and senior museum and gallery paid professionals throughout NSW.

Katrina Cashman, Mosman Art Gallery
Two-week Fellowship at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul is devoted to a curatorial program that keeps pace with the local and international contemporary art scene. The placement will provide Katrina with the opportunity to experience the best of modern and contemporary Korean art and to meet key artists and curators to assist her curatorial and programming decisions. 

Roslyn Sugarman, Sydney Jewish Museum
Two-week Fellowship at Yad Vashem, Israel

Established in 1953, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem is the centre for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. Roslyn’s Fellowship will focus primarily on research into the Yad Vashem’s collection and archive, investigating information delivery and uses of technology, and networking with museum staff. Roslyn is also interested in exploring future travelling exhibition opportunities.



The Mentorship Program is for emerging, mid-level paid museum and gallery staff (full-time and part-time) from NSW.  

Lisa Minner, Western Plains Cultural Centre
Two-week Mentorship at the Australian Museum

Lisa’s placement will take place within the Lifelong Learning Branch which focuses on learning and engagement in three key areas; science, Indigenous and Pacific cultures, and exhibitions and public spaces. The Mentorship will enable Lisa to increase her skills in relation to the delivery of education programs. She will specifically focus on the ‘Museum in a Box’ travelling program and Indigenous education programs. 

Merrin Starr, Old Dubbo Gaol
Two-week Mentorship at the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, Tasmania

The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s most important heritage sites and major tourism destinations where Merrin’s Mentorship will focus primarily on the organisation’s management of major conservation works. She is interested in further developing skills in planning and exhibition development projects, and in implementing conservation and asset management plans.

You can read a wonderful article about Lisa and Merrin in the Dubbo Weekender. 

Helen Johnson, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery
Two-week Mentorship at Immigration Museum, Melbourne

The Immigration Museum explores the stories of people who have migrated to Victoria. Working across a number of different teams, the Mentorship will provide Helen with ideas and strategies to engage with community groups, through exhibitions and programs within Fairfield City. 

Sally O’Neill, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Two-week Mentorship at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

During her Mentorship at The National Centre for Creative Learning at the MCA, Sally will focus on developing her confidence and creativity in the delivery of education programs. She is also interested in making new contacts and learning about the MCA’s use of technology in education programs.


Volunteer Placements

The Volunteer Placement Program is targeted to volunteer staff from volunteer-managed and small museums, Aboriginal cultural centres and keeping places in NSW. 

Susan Davis, The Oaks Historical Society Inc.
Volunteer Placement at State Records of NSW

Susan will be mentored at the State Records of NSW where she will develop skills in the areas of retrieval systems, research, registration and preservation in order to better manage the historical documents at the Wollondilly Heritage Centre. 

Alison Draper, Alstonville Plateau Historical Society
Volunteer Placement at State Records of NSW

The placement at State Records of NSW will assist Alison in developing skills in handling, digitising and recording collection material. She will apply these news skills to the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society’s digitisation project. 

Robin Knight, Port of Yamba Historical Society
Volunteer Placement at State Records of NSW

The placement will provide Robin with increased understanding of records management, digitisation, cataloguing and indexing and enable him to make information accessible to visitors and members of the Society. 

Janice Harrington, Deniliquin & District Historical Society
Volunteer Placement at Albury LibraryMuseum

Janice’s placement at Albury LibraryMuseum will expand her understanding of the curatorial roles within a museum, publishing research and cataloguing. These skills and knowledge will benefit the management of the Deniliquin & District Historical Society’s museum. 

Barbara Walsh, Clyde River & Batemans Bay Historical Society
Volunteer Placement at Albury LibraryMuseum

Working with the exhibition team at the Albury LibraryMuseum, Barbara’s placement will focus on contemporary display techniques how they can be adapted to the volunteer museum sector. 

Brian Harris, Moruya and District Historical Society
Volunteer Placement TBC


The Mentorship, Fellowship and Volunteer Placement Program is an Arts NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

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