Opening Doors:
Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference

About the Conference

'Opening Doors' 2019 M&G QLD Conference attendees
‘Opening Doors’ 2019 M&G QLD Conference attendees. Photo: Blue Click Photography, courtesy of M&G QLD.

Date: 17 – 20 September 2019
Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns

Opening Doors, the 2019 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference was a major professional development initiative dedicated to the volunteer and professional workers in Queensland’s public gallery and museum sector.

Held every four years, the Conference offered a full program of presentations and workshops for the sector to come together and discuss issues affecting regional and public museum/gallery practice at a local, national and international level.

The Conference included:

  • Welcome Reception at a local cultural organisation
  • Presentations from sponsors
  • Networking dinners for delegates at local restaurants
  • Tours of local cultural organisations and public art
  • Pre-dinner drinks hosted by AMaGAQ and PGQ
  • Workshops/Masterclasses with international keynotes and professional consultants

The Conference used the hashtag #MGQ19

Conference program

Download the conference program to read more about the keynote speakers, presentations, social activities and workshops.


Frith Williams, Head of Experience Design, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Opening the Door to the New Te Papa: Guiding Principles keynote presentation

Tasia Duske, CEO, Museum Hack 
Museum Hack: Redefining the Museum Experience keynote presentation

Julian Meyrick, Strategic Professor of Creative Arts, Flinders University 
Meaning versus Metrics in Evaluation Processes: a struggle for the soul of arts and culture keynote presentation

Deanne Fitzgerald, Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisor, Western Australian Museum and Member of Australian Museums and Galleries Association’s First Peoples Roadmap Advisory Group
Keynote presentation

Gail Mabo, Curator & Kellie Williams, Director, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Art
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo keynote presentation

Tracy Puklowski, Director of Creative Arts and Cultural Services, City of Launceston and Director, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery 
Standing on two shores – new directions at QVMAG keynote presentation

Ann Kreger, Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc.
Walking and Talking: Chinese Culture in Cairns presentation
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Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Art Gallery
Feasibility to Funding: The New Rockhampton Art Gallery presentation
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Chris Standard, Cairns Regional Council
Building an Arts Capital presentation
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Elspeth McEachern, Sunshine Coast Council
Applying the Awesome Principle to museums and galleries presentation
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Elysha Rei, Queensland State Archives
Queensland State Archives: it’s all about access presentation
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Georgie Sedgwick, Museum of Brisbane
Reimagining the Visitor presentation
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Jennifer Garcia, Newstead House and Dianne Aylward, Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre
Theatre in Education: The War Years at Newstead presentation
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Jodi Ferrari, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
#coolexhibition: New Ways of Thinking About Our Young Audiences presentation
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Judith Hickson, Queensland Museum
Collecting for the Future presentation
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Karina Devine, Director, Warwick Art Gallery and Jolanta Szymczyk, Artist
Parallel Visions 15,000km apart presentation
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Lisa Jones, Queensland Police Museum
Bringing your display alive with Augmented Reality (AR) presentation
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Melissa McQuillan and Melanie Sorenson, Cairns Museum
What are the ingredients for a successful volunteer program? presentation
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Michael Wardell, Logan Art Gallery
He kākano āhau (I am a seed) – Logan Art Gallery’s recent project with the local Māori Community presentation
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Pam Bigelow, Indigenous Art Centre Alliance
IACA Reaching for the Peak presentation
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Pia Robinson, Queensland University of Technology
Vision of youth presentation
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Rachel Arndt, Museums & Galleries of NSW
Cultural Mediation in Australia presentation
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Rebecca Maclean, Bundaberg Regional Galleries
Not All Glue & Glitter: Children’s Perspectives on Community through Meaningful Arts Engagement presentation
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Samantha Faulkner, State Library of Queensland
A new exhibitions model, a new engaged exhibition program presentation
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Sarah Barron, QUT Art Museum
Making Visible presentation
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Sarah Lyons and Joel Evans, Bunjil Place Gallery
We’re Not Gonna Wreck the Place: Multi-Artform Youth Engagement at a Suburban Arts Centre presentation
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Shanna Muston, Banana Shire Council, Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery
A Tribute to Modern Pioneers presentation
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Opening Doors outcome report
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The 2019 M&G QLD Conference could not happen without the generous support of sponsors. Thank you to the following supporters:

Principal sponsor

IAS Fine Art Logistics logo

Major supporter

Keynote speaker supporter

Cairns Regional Council logo

Lanyard sponsor

Trade presenters

Redlands Coast logo
Datacom IT logo
Curio logo

Venue supporters

Cairns Museum Historical Society logo
James Cook University logo
Cairns Art Gallery logo
Cairns RSL Sub Branch logo


Kick Arts contemporary arts logo
Business events logo
LGIA Super logo
Cairns Bus Charters logo
Eyeline magazine logo
Abbey Museum logo
Abbey Medieval Festival logo


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