Saturday, 29 February 2020

Heritage Community Networking Event: the inside story

Heritage Community Networking Event
6 to 8pm Thursday 19 March 2020
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Carnegie Gallery,
16 Argyle St Hobart

AMaGATasmania is pleased to be one of the supporters of the Heritage Community Networking Event for another year.  This event presents the opportunity for old and young players in the GLAM sector to share the realities of getting into and working with museums, library, archives and galleries. AMaGAT caught up with Michelle Blake, one of the key drivers to get the background on this very Tasmanian event.

Welcome Michelle

Michelle Blake is a professional historian and researcher

As a student undertaking the Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies by distance through Deakin University I was busy trying to get experience by volunteering, working to try and pay rent and wondering what hope I even had of getting a job in museums or heritage. I started speaking with those I had available to me through my volunteering efforts. I also introduced myself to others I wanted to get to know in the sector. I wanted to know how they got their jobs, how they got started, and see what advice or suggestions they had for me.

I realized I couldn’t be the only student feeling like this and wanting some sort of encouragement or reassurance. I soon found out that there were over 30 students currently enrolled or recently graduated from the Post Graduate course in Cultural Heritage through Deakin. I had a friend studying the Post Graduate Library and Information Management course through Curtin University. There are also students studying Cultural Heritage and Fine Arts at UTAS.  I wanted to meet others that felt like I did, and to get to know more people in the heritage and museum sector.
Out of these thoughts and with the help and encouragement of those that I had spoken with the Heritage Community Networking event was born. I collaborated with Mark Hosking of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Elizabeth Bondfield (currently of AMaGAT, COMA and Ross Wool Centre). The idea was to create an opportunity for volunteers and students to meet with those already in the GLAM business.

Tasmania has over 115 museums and galleries across the state. Not to mention the network of Tasmania’s library and archival services. Let’s get to know each other.

About the event

This is the chance for established professionals and those already working in the sector to meet keen students and volunteers. It is a way to get to know each other, to introduce yourself to others, and to offer encouragement and support. It could be a chance to discuss collaborations and issues effecting the sector. 

Hear from Elspeth Wishart, Senior Curator Cultural Heritage at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
and AMaGAT committee member as she speaks of her experience in the sector

See the Australian Society of Marine Artists Inc (ASMA) 2019 National Exhibition before it closes

The event presents the last opportunity to see the Australian Society of Marine Artists Inc (ASMA) 2019 National Exhibition before it closes on the 22nd March. The exhibition showcases the best examples of the ASMA Members’ artwork, masterfully illustrating the rich maritime heritage, beautiful coastlines and waterways of our nation.  While emphasising the continuation of and dedication to the Marine Art tradition, the exhibition also highlights the relevance of this specialised artistic genre in the contemporary context.


If you would like to join in this free event register through this link to Eventbrite 

The Heritage Community Networking Event is supported by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (Tasmanian Branch), Maritime Museum of Tasmania, Deakin University, Curtin University and Michelle Blake - Historical Research. 

Thursday, 20 February 2020

AMaGA2020 Bursary Applications OPEN

The 2020 AMaGA National Conference will be held in Canberra from 18-21 May.  Members and colleagues are invited to apply for bursaries to assist in their travel and/or registration to attend. An application from a Member will be considered for funding from ALL appropriate and available sources. 

This year AMaGATasmanian Branch is offering $1750 for one of our state branch members. We understand payment of the conference fees, travel and accommodation to Canberra will be quite a stretch for many of our members --and we want you to have the opportunity to attend. 

Completing ONE form opens up the opportunity to win from a range of offers. Just complete ONE form.

Applications close Monday 24 February 2020.

Funding sources

Members only
  • Members can apply for funding assistance from their AMaGA's State/Territory Branch and/or National Networks (eg Education, EVR, History, EMP). You MUST be a member to apply for this funding. Members will be considered for funding from ALL appropriate available sources (i.e. if you are a member from NSW with a subscription to the Education network, we will automatically place you in the pool for funding from both the branch and the network, and also the federal funding (see below).
  • In addition, AMaGA's Conference Inclusion Fund will fund volunteers in regional and community museums and galleries or people who would usually not be able to afford to attend. Read more about the Inclusion Fund and how you can contribute
Open to all
  • Federal funding through the Department of Communications and the Arts is available for people living and working/volunteering in regional and remote areas, and Indigenous people. Priority will be given to Indigenous Australians, and volunteers from regional and remote locations, and then to those volunteering in small, community museums. Speakers who are presenting on topics targeted at community museums and Indigenous issues will also be considered for funding. You do not need to be a member.
  • The Cartwright/Douglas Fund (private philanthropy fund) provides one bursary, quite flexible but preferring a regional person; may be a non-AMaGA member working in the industry.

 How bursaries work

  • Bursaries are paid as a reimbursement. Your nominated bank account will be credited with the bursary funds before the conference.
  • You must register for the conference before applying for a bursary and select the pay later/invoice option. We check the registration status of each applicant when allocating funds.
  • Per diem expenses and social event registrations are not eligible for inclusion in your application.
  • Accommodation costs are capped depending on the location of the conference.
  • Priority will be given to people who haven't received a bursary in the past few years. 
  • Different funding sources have different criteria. The only funding source that is available for non-members is the federal funding which is dedicated to Regional, Remote or Indigenous delegates. All other funding sources require the applicant to be a member of AMaGA. Join now.
  • State/Territory Branches and/or National Networks may have additional criteria and may contact you for more information before allocating bursaries to eligible applicants.
  • Bursary recipients must provide a written report on their conference experience.
  • All applicants (whether successful or not) will be registered at the early bird rate