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2019 Standards Reviewers Biographies

The following Reviewers will be working with Museums & Galleries Queensland on the 2019 Standards Review Program for their capacity to represent the diversity of the museum sector and networks.

All reviewers are very familiar with the day-to-day operations of the small to medium museums that the Standards Review Program has been targeting since 2005. Reviewers act as an ongoing reference group for the program.

               

Justin Bishop, Gallery Consultant

Aside from a few years spent travelling and a brief stint in the construction industry, Justin has worked in the regional gallery sector in Queensland since 1998 when he started as a casual exhibition installation officer at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery.

From 2008 – 2010 he was Director at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery where he underwent the Standards Review Program as a participant. He then became the Exhibitions Manager / Deputy Director at Cairns Regional Gallery. Justin currently holds the position of Director, KickArts Contemporary Arts in Cairns.

Justin prefers working within regional Queensland, as he believes the regions are key growth areas in the arts industry requiring nurturing. He hopes that his experience in the day-to-day management of a regional gallery in conjunction with collection management, exhibition design and development skills learned through practice may offer some support for Standards Review Program participants. Justin is a participant in the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Leaders Program for 2018 and sits on the Boards of Public Galleries Queensland the Thancoupie Bursary Fund.

        

Christine Ianna, Conservator & Museum Consultant

Christine has worked in the Museum and Materials Conservation profession in Queensland for more than twenty five years. She has held varied positions including Scientist (Materials Conservation) at the Queensland Museum; Manager, Preservation Services, Queensland State Archives; Manager, Publications Reformatting and Coordinator, Reformatting at the State Library of Queensland. Christine is an active member of the Australian Society of Archivists (Qld Branch) and a Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Material Inc (AICCM), the peak body for Conservators in Australia.

Christine is an established and respected conservator who has developed considerable expertise in providing preventive conservation advice and training to a variety of differently resourced collections. Christine’s success in this area has largely been attributed to her thorough knowledge, her lateral thinking and the relevant and practical, cost conscious advice she provides. She is constantly promoting links within the GLAM sector and has supported the Museums & Galleries Queensland's Standards Review Program for a number of years.

In 2014 Christine successfully completed a Diploma in Law and Collections Management from The Institute of Art and Law, London. In 2007, she was awarded a Special Commendation in M&G QLD's Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) in recognition of the generous contribution of her knowledge and skills to the museum community, and her significant long-term commitment to the sector.

               

Jim McCann, Consultant

Jim has worked in the museum, library and cultural heritage sector for 38 years, mainly in local and State government. His career has involved a series of collections management, major projects, visitor services and senior management roles in Scotland and Australia. For the last 18 years, he has worked in Newcastle, Albury and Melbourne. At Albury City Council, he was a lead player in delivering Albury’s $30 million Library and Museum Complex.

Until 2018, Jim was Manager of Historical Services for Victoria Police. He now works as a consultant in the museum, gallery and cultural heritage sector. He is currently Secretary of the Board of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria.

          

Maggi Solly, Consultant

Maggi has worked in the museum sector for over 38 years, predominantly in local government and with the community museums sector.

Her career has spanned a series of curatorial, advisory and management roles in Scotland, England and Australia. In the last 18 years in Australia, Maggi has worked in Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne. Until 2016 she was Director of the multi-award winning Yarra Ranges Regional Museum in Victoria. Maggi now undertakes Museum, Gallery and Cultural Heritage consultancy projects for a range of clients, and is a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Maggi has been involved with the development and implementation of standards and accreditation programs for museums and galleries in both the UK and Australia, and is currently Chair of the Museum Accreditation Program Committee with AMaGA Victoria.

Maggi believes that community museums contribute enormously to the vibrancy of the sector and is keen to support that passion by building capacity in any way she can.

 

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