Bank Art Museum Moree’s (BAMM) Kate Tuart will have the opportunity to expand her knowledge and expertise during a mentorship at Sydney Living Museums which she will undertake thanks to a state grant.
The collections and exhibitions officer is one of only seven NSW gallery practitioners selected to share a total of $20,000 in funding for professional development opportunities for arts and cultural workers across the state as part of the Museums and Galleries NSW Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placement program.
Ms Tuart applied for the mentorship earlier this year and was thrilled to find out recently that she was successful.
“I was very excited,” she said.
“I thought it’d be a good opportunity to learn from other people and get more guidance.
“Last year I did an internship at the Powerhouse Museum which was really beneficial.”
During her two-week mentorship at Sydney Living Museums, Kate will be working alongside the curatorial and exhibitions team, focusing on interpretation, exhibition project management, travelling exhibitions and design processes.
“This [her role with BAMM] is my first paid full-time position, so it’ll be good to get an idea of how larger organisations work, and network,” she said.
This is the first time someone from Moree has taken part in the Museums and Galleries NSW Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placement program and BAMM director Vivien Clyne said it’s a fantastic opportunity for Ms Tuart.
“We try to do something every year for professional development, however this is bigger than what we normally would do because we got this grant,” she said.
“We’re very proud of Kate. She’s an excellent asset to BAMM and this will only make her more so. She’ll learn skills to help ensure we’re doing the best we can by this great public asset we have in Moree.”
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall congratulated Ms Tuart during a recent visit to Moree and said he looked forward to her bringing the benefits of her two-week mentorship training in Sydney back to Moree for the community’s benefit.
“It is an incredible honour to receive this scholarship and I congratulate Kate on being one of only seven museum and gallery practitioners around NSW to be selected,” he said.
“I’m delighted that Kate’s dedication is being rewarded and to see how this opportunity can also strengthen the arts and culture space throughout the Moree community and across the region.”
The Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placement Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program administered by Museums and Galleries of NSW through annual small grants funding of $300,000.
“It is fantastic that our smaller galleries and museums continue to receive this investment each year,” Mr Marshall said.
“I would encourage other galleries and museums in the Northern Tablelands to apply for mentorship opportunities in the future.”