Mentorship and Internship Program

Museums & Galleries Queensland Announces 2022-2024 Mentorship and Internship Program Recipients

Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2022-2024 Mentorship and Internship Program.

Open to Queensland’s museum and gallery staff and volunteers, M&G QLD’s Mentorship and Internship Program offers a unique opportunity to grow the expertise, industry knowledge and professional networks of people working in our sector and to enhance their career pathways. 
M&G QLD’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler, said 
‘It is with great pleasure that M&G QLD announces the fifteen recipients of our 2022-2024 Mentorship and Internship Program. The number and quality of applications received was humbling and highlights the high demand for this type of professional development program within our sector.’ 

‘The Program provides a significant professional development opportunity for people working in our sector to learn from leading industry professionals and build lasting sectoral networks. We acknowledge our peer Assessment Panel for their time and professional insights, and each of the applicants’ host organisations for supporting our endeavours. Delivery of important programs like this would not be possible without the generousity and support of our industry colleagues.’ 
‘The successful applicants identified a range of learning objectives which will not only benefit them, their workplace and, in turn, their communities, but will also be shared with the sector at a local and state level through online forums and other professional development opportunities following their placements.’ 

Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, M&G QLD’s Mentorship and Internship Program offered two types of professional development opportunities for volunteer, emerging, mid-career and established professionals working in Queensland’s public galleries and museums: 

  • Gallery and Museum Mentorship
  • Volunteer Internship

Recipients of M&G QLD’s 2022-2024 Mentorship and Internship Program and their host organisations are listed below: 

  • Sarah Harper, Registration Coordinator, HOTA Gallery, Gold Coast
    Host: Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW

  • Rebecca Lush, Curator, Integrated Pathology Learning Centre, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Brisbane
    Host: Fremantle Prison, WA

  • David Masel, Assistant Curator, Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
    Host: Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc, Albion Park Rail, NSW

  • Daniel Qualischefski, Gallery Manager and Curator, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville
    Host: National Gallery of Australia, ACT

  • Charla Strelan, Curator, UQ Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History, Herston, Brisbane
    Host: Powerhouse Museum, NSW

  • Sarah Thomson, Public Programs and Community Engagement Officer, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
    Host: The Unconformity, TAS

  • Bridie Weaver, Arts and Cultural Advisor, Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, Biloela 
    Host: Artspace Mackay, QLD

  • Jamie Lee Wilcox, Assistant Curator, Artspace Mackay 
    Hosts: HOTA Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD and Bathurst Regional Council, NSW


  • Janette McLaughlin, Volunteer, Rockhampton Museum of Art 
    Host: Canberra Museum & Gallery, ACT

  • Helen Cameron, Volunteer, Museum Curator, Logan City Historical Museum
    Host: Redland Museum, QLD

  • Tom Davie, Volunteer, Gold Coast Historical Museum Inc.
    Host: Supreme Court Library Queensland, QLD

  • Linden George, Volunteer, Communications Coordinator, Miegunyah House Museum, Brisbane
    Host: Queensland Police Museum, QLD

  • Anna Hahn, Volunteer, Care and Preservation Team, Laidley Pioneer Village and Museum 
    Host: The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich, QLD

  • Sherrie-Ann Shepherd, Volunteer, Photography and Digitisation Team Leader, Herberton Mining Centre
    Host: State Library of Queensland, QLD

  • Louise Truan, Volunteer, Royal Queensland Art Society at Petrie Terrace Gallery, Brisbane
    Host: Cairns Art Gallery, QLD

About the program

With the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) is offering the Mentorship and Internship Program 2022–2024 for paid staff and volunteers in public, not-for-profit museums and galleries located in Queensland.

The Program makes possible opportunities for staff and volunteers to access expertise in cultural institutions in Australia, to learn from leading industry professionals and to build lasting networks.

Formerly known as M&G QLD’s Mentorship, International Fellowship and Internship Program, this Program was disrupted by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions, venue closures and other impacts at its commencement in early 2020. However in 2022, with Australia reaching its vaccination targets and people feeling more confident to travel nationally, we are delighted to resume the Program with a revised scope and timeline to deliver a COVID-safe learning and professional development opportunity to build the capacity of our sector. 

Mindful of these uncertain times, M&G QLD will be delivering the 2022–2024 Mentorship and Internship Program within Australia only. This has been done to minimise the risk and potential disruptions that could occur for Program recipients travelling outside of our country, while still providing the same or similar professional development, networking and learning opportunities for successful applicants. 



Rebekah Butler

Executive Director,
Museums & Galleries Queensland

07 3059 9744
[email protected]

Dandan Feng

Training & Professional Development Program Officer,
Museums & Galleries Queensland

07 3059 9743
[email protected]

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