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I began my curatorial internship with Bayside City Council in July 2010. The internship program represents a unique partnership between Deakin University and Bayside City Council by providing a one year paid placement (one day per week) to a Deakin University Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies student. Throughout the year long placement, an exhibition is developed for display at the Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, which both utilises and re-interprets Council’s extensive Arts and Heritage collection.
Under the mentorship of industry professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and strengths, the program offers practical experience in a wide range of skills, from research and concept development to developing an exhibition proposal, sourcing items for display both within and outside the Council’s collection, managing a budget, preparing exhibition text and condition reports, coordinating design and installation and even marketing and public programs.
I have always been drawn to the immediacy of local histories and this found fruition in the extensive range of turn-of-the-century seaside memorabilia found within Council’s collection and also the surrounding local historical societies, community organisations and clubs. My first exhibition, Day Trippers and Holiday Makers: By the Bay 1890-1920 is now open for viewing and as I reflect on the skills I have gained and the professional mentoring I have received, I now feel ‘industry ready’ as I gear up for graduation in April 2011.
The Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies course at Deakin and the prerequisite subjects required are the perfect preparation for the demands of the internship. Once on board, you are provided with the highest level of professional guidance and the freedom to explore your own ideas within a supportive and welcoming learning environment. The Bayside/Deakin Curatorial Internship is a fantastic opportunity and I strongly urge all eligible students to apply.
Elle's first exhibition is open for viewing on Thursdays and Saturdays 2 - 5pm until 15 July 2011 at the Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Cnr Carpenter and Wilson Street, Brighton.
Contact Kristal Buckley for information about the selection process.