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In the first instance we are treated to a tour of the Incinerator Gallery and the historical importance of the building for the local community, as well as it’s architectural significance, led by Gallery Team Leader Richard Ennis. Then we join a robust panel discussion about education and learning in GLAM institutions, which consists of ENVi members Christine Healey, Sacha Fawkes and Andrew Hiskens, as well as cardiCore member Nic McGrath.
Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
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Program Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019
Time: 11am tour and panel
Venue: Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie, Vic 3040
The Walter Burley Griffin designed incinerator is now the only remaining municipal building of its kind, in Victoria. Regarded by architects as one of the most significant architectural buildings in the state, the Incinerator was lauded for both its aesthetics and engineering to solve an environmental problem. The Incinerator was in operation only from 1930 until 1942, when changes to the nature of household waste contributed toward it being unable to meet the growing community demand. Seen today as a model for town and community activism join Richard Ennis for an explanation of the Incinerator’s architecture and history, into becoming a vibrant art gallery advocating for social change.
With the short term nature of the Incinerator in mind, Oxford University research predicts 47% of jobs will no longer exist by 2034 added to that, current research is pointing to the decline of the role of ‘educator’ in our galleries. Join a panel to discuss the future of our roles in the GLAM sector.
Is it too early to announce the (pre-eminent) death of any GLAM sector roles?
What careers do we predict will always be there?
Which jobs are the dinosaurs we think will be lost to technology, the economy or something else we just can’t see coming?
- Christine Healey, Curator Education and Community Learning at the Incinerator Gallery. Having managed education programs across the sector at the Shrine of Remembrance and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Christine vice-president on ENVi and currently undertaking PhD research into how gallery educators determine best practice.
- Sacha Fawkes, Visitor Experience Coordinator at the National Sports Museum. He has devised and delivered programs for the Western Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia and at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after a previous ten year career in circus. Sacha is currently studying a Master of Education (Teacher Librarian) to be as GLAM as he can.
- Richard Ennis, Team Leader at the Incinerator Gallery. After doing post graduate work in Art History, Richard worked as an art specialist in the secondary art market with Deutscher and Hackett in Melbourne and Sydney. In 2011 he moved to the Incinerator Gallery where he has developed exhibitions and programming around contemporary art for audiences new to the arts scene.
- Andrew Hiskens consults to cultural (and other) organisations on issues ranging from education to mentorship and creative problem solving. He was a member of the Senior Management Team at State Library Victoria for 22 years, at different times responsible for events, exhibitions, school programs, marketing and communications, publishing, youth and family programs and the Premiers’ Literary Awards. Andrew is the immediate past president of both ENVi and the national museum education network, Museums Australia Education.
- Nik McGrath is archivist at Museums Victoria, on the committees of GLAM group newCardigan and Australian Society of Archivists Victorian Branch. She has masters degrees in Information Management and Cultural Heritage. Prior to her work at Melbourne Museum, Nik has worked at a variety of institutions, with a primary interest in audiovisual and photographic archives. Her interest derived from her qualifications, a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in ancient history and art history; as well as a Bachelor of Design with specialisations in photomedia and printmedia.
Then continue the discussion over lunch and a beverage at the Boathouse restaurant (at own cost) at 7 The Blvd, Moonee Ponds.
The future of work – some light reading:
- Robots will not take over most jobs
- Fact check: Has the rate of casualisation in the workforce remained steady for the last 20 years?
- ‘There will be massive job disruption’: What the future of work looks like
- Museum 2040: A Museum magazine special edition