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M&G QLD | UQAM Seminar 2017

Transfigure: Learning in Cultural Environments

Transfigure explored innovative learning initiatives in museums and galleries and stimulated discussion around the way cultural organisations provide learning opportunities to engage their visitors.

When: Thursday 28 September 2017, 1pm-5.30pm

Where: The University of Queensland Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive, St Lucia, Brisbane

Seminar Presenters:

Photographer: Mike O'Neill, Te Papa, 2017

Miri Young, Head of Learning Innovation, National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Miri Young is Head of Learning Innovation at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, where she is responsible for education, public programmes and Hīnātore: Te Papa’s pioneering new Learning Lab. Miri is specialised in arts and museum learning, cultural leadership, digital innovation, and public engagement. She holds a Masters in Humanities and Social Thought, specialising in Museum Studies from New York University. Previous experience includes Manager of Programmes and Interpretation at the Judd Foundation, USA; Senior Associate at Bolton & Quinn, London; and roles at Te Papa, City Gallery Wellington and the Dowse Art Museum.


Photo: Simon Woods

Dr Holly Arden, Senior Education Manager, University of Queensland Art Museum

Dr Holly Arden is Senior Education Manager at UQ Art Museum, where she oversees the Art Museum’s academic and public engagement, and assists with creative program development. She has lectured in Curatorship and Art History at UQ, Monash University and RMIT, and has worked in a number of curatorial roles, most recently for Federation Square, Melbourne. Holly’s research and writing focuses on participatory art and the public. She is currently writing on the recent films and video installations of North American artist Natalie Bookchin.


Athena Cabot, Artist Educator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Athena Cabot is an Artist Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and has been coordinating the Museum’s School Subsidy Program since late 2015, supporting students and families from low socioeconomic backgrounds to access MCA creative learning experiences and to become confident and ongoing museum visitors.


Georgia Close, Manager, Student & Teacher Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Georgia Close leads the MCA’s Student & Teacher Engagement program. She works closely with a team of Artist Educators in the development of creative learning programs and resources for formal learning audiences, including early learners, primary and secondary students and their teachers. Georgia has managed education and children’s programs in a range of museums and galleries, including Campbelltown Arts Centre and Cockatoo Island, for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.


Terry Deen, Head of Learning, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Terry moderated the panel discussion with all presenters.

Terry Deen is the Head of Learning at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Terry’s current role involves engagement across a broad array of communities, disciplines and practices including digital learning, arts learning, cultural learning, regional arts, accessibility, life-long learning and arts advocacy and research. His work in arts learning is informed by ten years' experience as a secondary art and design teacher. Terry is engaged in Queensland’s design education community as the 2014 Queensland-Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Education Fellow.


This is an annual industry seminar presented by M&G QLD in partnership with The University of Queensland Art Museum and The University of Queensland Museum Studies Program.

Banner image: Dr Campbell Gray welcoming attendees to the Art Museum and seminar. Photo: Profile Photographics.


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