Curate your Career

Curate Your Career is a program designed to provide insights into careers in Museums and Galleries for Access Melbourne students. The program provides a series of informal ‘In Conversation’ sessions with Museum and Gallery professionals with practical guidance and advice on how to compete for jobs and other opportunities in the Museum and Gallery sector.

Join early to mid career professionals from the sector to learn from them about their unique career pathways as well as their insights into the key factors for employment in the field. Each event will include further networking opportunities over lunch.

Access Melbourne students only are invited to book into the program’s free events (check the eligibility criteria).

As catering is provided, bookings are essential.

Program Events

Skills expected of current graduates
Tuesday 21 August, 12:00 1:00pm, Leigh Scott Room
with Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria and Ashlee Baldwin, Program and Visitor Services Coordinator, Buxton Contemporary

At this session the discussion will focus on the sector specific skills that are likely to be sought in graduates entering the field alongside desirable attitudinal traits. The panel will touch upon the core transferrable skills that have propelled them through their careers and those they wish they’d developed at a tertiary level. Panellists will discuss their personal career trajectories, including key advice they would have given their younger selves.


New and emerging jobs in the sector
Tuesday 4 September, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Leigh Scott Roomwith Hannah Presley, Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Eugenia Flynn, First Nations Curator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

In an era of inevitable restructures at the state’s large cultural institutions what are the jobs that are growing in numbers and diversity? Do more general employment trends, such as the proliferation of communication and marketing roles, hold true for the museum and gallery sector? Are museums and galleries catering to the needs of diverse audiences through a change in resourcing?


Internships, volunteering and other opportunities
Tuesday 18 September, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Leigh Scott Room
with Olivia Meehan, Curator, Academic Programs, Ian Potter Museum of Art and Jon Buckingham, Collections Coordinator, RMIT Gallery

In the museum and gallery sector, as in many others, volunteering and Internships provide valuable professional experience for students and graduates. Hear from our presenters about how to select your unpaid projects carefully and what to expect and look out for once within an organisation. Learn about an array of other opportunities, such as volunteering for conferences and concession memberships only available while you are a student.


Tuesday 2 October, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Leigh Scott Room
with Danielle Measday, Conservator, Natural Sciences, Museums Victoria and Feyza Yazar, Cultural Development Public Programs Officer, Shepparton Art Museum

Join us for a discussion of the ways in which networking and creative collaboration can further a career in museums and galleries. While ‘networking’ can seem like a daunting proposition, the panel will discuss ways that this can occur organically and starting at the tertiary level. As with every session there will be plenty of opportunity for questions to presenters and discussion over lunch at the end of the event.


Curate your Career Project Manager

Chelsea Harris
Special Collections and Grainger Museum

Curate your Career is a project managed by Special Collections and Grainger Museum, Scholarly Services and is funded through a Chancellery Equity Innovation grant awarded in 2018.