About MGAWA

Vision and Mission

 

Our Vision

Our Vision is for natural and cultural heritage to be valued, sustained and communicated for future generations as it represents the shared histories, heritage and identities of all Australians. 

Our Mission

To empower the Western Australian museums and galleries sector through leadership, service, collaboration and advocacy for the benefit of all West Australians, now and in the future.

Our Values

Museums Galleries Australia Western Australia as a peak body promotes shared values and uses these values to further our Vision and Mission across Western Australia by:

  • Promoting an understanding of heritage as including natural and cultural, tangible and intangible dimensions;
  • Championing members and the museums sector as resources for social development, promoting social and cultural inclusion;
  • Sharing the responsibility for the conservation and communication of our distributed national collection with communities and government;
  • Recognising the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to control and manage their cultural heritage and its interpretation;
  • Demonstrating that the distinctive work museums and galleries pursue in conjunction with communities in preservation, research, interpretation, education and public programming is critical to the conservation of the nation's memory;
  • Valuing ethical behaviour and being accountable and responsible for our decisions and actions; and
  • Working collaboratively to promote leadership, innovation, and creativity in the sector.

State Committee

Executive

President: Soula Veyradier

Soula is a cultural producer, curator and photographer having worked on projects across the visual arts and museum areas in Australia and overseas.  She is the Program Manager for International Art Space and works on curatorial projects for the Law Society of Western Australia. Previous roles include Manager of the Perth site of the Western Australian Museum, Curator for the City of Melville Museums and Galleries, including Heathcote Museum and Gallery and Wireless Hill Museum, and Curator Photographs for the Hania Archaeology Museum.

Soula was Co - Convenor for the Day of Ideas symposium by the WA Museum & Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA in 2012 and Co - Convenor Museums Australia National Conference, in 2011. She has been awarded an Ilford Book Major Photography Prize,1996 and Channel 9 Media Prize – Pre-eminent Media Studies Graduate, 1989.

With studies  in Art History, Photography, Media and Museum Studies she is interested in the interface between an artwork or museum artifact and its public,  and the way it re-identifies how we see ourselves within the context of space, whether in physical, cultural, political and social terms. Connecting people with culture is one of key elements of Soula’s work and spare time.

 

Vice-President: Jane King

Jane is the Gallery Manager at JCG (John Curtin Gallery), the Art Gallery at Curtin University. She has previously held roles as Head of Member Development at Artsource, Executive Director at the State Library of WA Foundation, and Executive Officer at Museums Australia WA. 

She is the Vice President of The North Midlands Project, a regional arts and cultural development organisation. Jane also represents the Collection Sector on FutureNow's Industry Advisory Group, and was a founding board member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture in Western Australia. 

Jane has degrees in Economics and Fine Art, and a postgraduate Diploma in Management. In 2015 Jane attended the Museum Leadership Program at Macquarie University. On behalf of her organisation, Jane received the 2015 MAGNA Exhibition award for small museum exhibition, the 2010 Western Australian Heritage Award, and the 2009 WA Business and the Arts Partnership Award. Jane was a State finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards 2014.


Treasurer: Pending confirmation

 

Committee Members 

Emma Banks

Emma relocated to Perth from the UK after working in the museums and heritage sector for over ten years. She is now one of the Executive Directors of Heritage Perth, supporting and promoting heritage in the city. Her previous role in England was as Museum Development Officer for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire (MDO). In that role she was responsible for the management of the Museum Development Service, whose aim is to support museum and heritage sites. From her role as MDO she has experience of implementing and advising on strategic plans, fundraising, supporting museum accreditation, developing partnerships and successfully advising museums on funding and fundraising.

 

Christen Bell

Christen has over 20 years’ experience in the museum sector. He has been the museum curator at the City of Armadale since 2005 where he manages the City’s moveable heritage collection as well as History House Museum and the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum.

Since starting at the City of Armadale Christen’s role has evolved from hiding in the office overseeing the collection and designing exhibitions to event planner, concert promoter, waiter, public speaker, tour guide, teacher, student, admin officer, policy developer, writer and film producer.

 

Alex Kopp

Alex is a freelance writer, children’s author and educator. She has a degree in Psychology and Economics, and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Her early career includes work in administration, public relations, marketing and project coordination.

Alex lectured Bachelor of Education at Edith Cowan University and was the Inclusive Learning Coordinator, and later Head of Humanities, at Swan Valley Anglican Community School. 

For the last four years Alex has been part of the Learning and Creativity team at the Western Australian Museum, where she focuses on developing inquiry based and curriculum linked school programs. She is the state rep for the National Museums Australia Education Network and has a passion for engaging young audiences with our cultural heritage.

 

Jacqui Sherriff

Jacqui Sherriff is the Heritage Coordinator for the St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) group.  She was a heritage consultant in metropolitan and regional Western Australia for many years prior to joining SJGHC. Jacqui’s expertise encompasses interpretation, curatorial practice and heritage site management, commissioned histories and heritage planning.

 

Ana Doria Buchan

Ana Doria Buchan is an Engagement Specialist at the Western Australian Museum. She focuses on the development of innovative interpretative experiences as part of a team that builds stimulating visitor and community engagement programs in the cultural sector. Ana started her career by studying Prehistoric Archaeology and Human Evolution. She then moved to London, where she did a Masters in Science in Forensic Medicine, followed by a post-graduate degree in Arts Management and Museum Studies. She has published a book on Pre-Historic Surgery and worked in museums and art galleries all over the world.  Her main passions are Cultural Engagement, Physical Anthropology, Medicine and Art / Design.

 

AiLin Chen-Van Leeuwen

AiLin is an established Corporate Communications practitioner with more than 15 years’ experience in diverse areas including local government, resources, justice, public transport, lotteries, heritage, the arts and not-for-profit.

With her sights firmly set on becoming an archaeologist at aged 7 years, AiLin has arrived at her spiritual home at the Heritage Directorate of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, despite having to settle for a career in Corporate Communications.

An avid collector, AiLin maintains a large Cabinet of Curiosities and takes pleasure in curating and rotating mini exhibitions in spaces around her.

 

Rikki Clarke

Rikki is the Director of Creative Spaces, with a Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design), Central Institute of Technology.

Since taking over Creative Spaces, director and graphic designer Rikki Clarke, has been mastering the art of multi-tasking. Rikki’s unmistakable laugh brings the whole office to life (and makes it impossible for her to work incognito) and her laser-like ability to spot a double space a mile off means that no detail goes unnoticed.

 

Erica Persak

From 1998 to 2007 Erica was the Assistant Director Collection Services, at the National Gallery of Australia where she was responsible for the management of the conservation, registration, imaging resources and the research library at the Gallery. She has an Arts Honours Graduate (History) from the Australian National University, Canberra (1977); a Graduate Diploma of Librarianship (1979), a Graduate Certificate in Management Studies (1996) from the University of Canberra and Post Graduate degree in Art History from the Australian National University (2006). In October 2007 she took up the position of Collections Manager for the Kerry Stokes Collection and today she is the Executive Administrator for that collection.

Erica has been involved in the cultural sector for over thirty years, working in the area of collections management. She has been Registrar at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia.

 

Michelle Hobbs

Michelle comes from a community museum background, and is an early career professional with five years in the museum sector. She has previously  worked for the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society as curator of Mundaring District Museum and one of only two paid staff. She volunteered for the Western Australian Museum’s Anthropology and History Departments for four years.

Over the last five years she has also progressed from part-time Heritage Assistant to Heritage Collections Supervisor for The City of Gosnells. She is currently responsible for all collections management and development for the Local History Reference Collection and Wilkinson Homestead Museum Collection. 

She holds a Ba (History) from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies from Deakin. She has taken part in two museum studies post-grad summer programs in the UK in 2014 and 2017, most recently as the only recipient of a Museums Galleries Australia national bursary. These  included practical projects at different historic sites including the Newark and District Council Museum and Historic Royal Palaces Trust among others.

Her role at the Wilkinson Homestead Museum in collections management involves targeted collecting programs, preventative conservation, donations, loans and de-accessioning and assisting with events and special projects which often includes dressing in period costumes. 

 

Robert Mitchell Robert.Mitchell@museum.wa.gov.au 

After serving in the Canadian Forces on NATO, peacekeeping and program management duties, Mr Mitchell was employed in the health promotion and aged care sector in Western Australia. He has been actively involved with National Trust governance, properties, programs and people for over 25 years.

In 2012 he was awarded the Heritage Council Award for outstanding commitment to heritage, particularly in fostering the growth and sustainability of a wide range of heritage organisations, and the development and promotion of innovative projects and practices. He is currently the Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Australia WA and Curator of the Army Museum of WA.

Robert has been a National Trust Member since 1990.

Staff and Volunteers

Executive Officer: Natalie Evans Natalie.Evans@museum.wa.gov.au  

Natalie has enjoyed 10 years experience in the Perth cultural sector as a museum consultant and curator. She has worked at local, state and international government levels as well as working with independent organisations and local communities.

Natalie studied Cultural Heritage & History at Curtin University, and has never stopped seeking opportunities to learn, build networks and creatively share stories. She has recently returned from working in the UK, for the Collections Trust, where she contributed to the development of the UK Museum Documentation Standard SPECTRUM and delivered training on digital collections management.

Since previously sitting on the Committee in 2013 Natalie brings new experiences to MGAWA and is committed to building skills in the sector, helping museums deliver sustainable collections and help connect museums, partners, communities and the wider public in ways that celebrate culture and collections in engaging and innovative ways. 

Office Coordinator: Jessica Davies Jessica.Davies@museum.wa.gov.au 

Jess is a museum and culture addict with a passion for all things digital. She's spent the last ten years overseas as a freelance copywriter and digital engagement specialist and is now making moves into Perth’s culture and arts sectors.

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