The Art of Curation - A Conversation with Dr David Gaimster

David, Ania, Sally, and Peter stand together and smile

Left to right: Dr David Gaimster, the new CEO of the South Australian Museum with University of Adelaide staff; Dr Ania Kotarba, Program Director for Museum and Curatorial Studies; Associate Professor Sally Kate May from the School of Humanities; and Professor Peter Burdon, Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching from the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics (ABLE).

The Curatorial and Museum Studies Programme within the School of Humanities recently hosted the inaugural event of its new lecture series, The Art of Curation, to a sold-out crowd in Elder Hall.

Dr David Gaimster, the new CEO of the South Australian Museum delivered the keynote speech on the future of museums, discussing the changing environment in which the modern museum operates, and how this will inform our future purpose, curatorial practice, and broadcast model. Dr Gaimster explored these questions in the context of re-imagining the South Australian Museum for the 21st century.

Dr Ania Kotarba and Associate Professor Sally Kate May from the School of Humanities were also there to talk to interested current and prospective students about our exciting course, the Master of Curatorial & Museum Studies.

Attendants, including industry professionals, students, and alumni received the valuable opportunity to network with industry partners from institutions such as MOD. (Museum of Discovery), History Trust of South Australia, South Australian Museum, and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

They also enjoyed the catering by Something Wild with Native Cocktail foods and drinks from Etch Sparkling, and wines from the University of Adelaide Waite campus. The event was delivered with help and assistance from Vanessa Galdamez from the Domestic Recruitment team and Charlaina Thompson from the Faculty of ABLE Marketing team. The MC for the night was Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of ABLE, Professor Peter Burdon.

Special guests included Chief of Staff for the Minister of the Arts, Joel Wemmer; Distinguished Professor and Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Australia, Marnie Hughes-Warrington AO; Kristin Alford from MOD., Greg Mackie from History Trust of South Australia, and Rhana Devenport from Art Gallery of South Australia.

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