Staff

Sarah Morris
Interim Executive Director

Sarah brings over 20 years of experience in the Australian museums and galleries sector, across performing arts, visual arts, and social history institutions. She has worked with state collections, local government, and international cultural programs. Most recently, she was part of the leadership team at the Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM). She led the delivery of the Australian Music Vault - a $8.3m, three-year priority project for ACM, presented in collaboration with Creative Victoria and the Australian music industry. Previously, she was Acting Director and Exhibitions Coordinator for RMIT Gallery; and the consultant Curator and Exhibition Coordinator for Trepang: China & the Story of Macassan – Aboriginal Trade, presented at the Capital Museum, Beijing and the Melbourne Museum for Rio Tinto. Sarah is also a member of the Bayside Arts Board.

Bridget Forbes
Events Coordinator

Bridget has worked with MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria since 2003 when she was Office Administrator. She then became MAP Manager and after the past few years of kid wrangling and working on and off for MA (Vic) now AMaGa Victoria as Office Assistant, she is now our new Events Coordinator. Bridget has a Post Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Social Science in Communication and Cultural Studies.

Kitty Owens
Manager, Exhibition Services

As Exhibition Services Manager for MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria, Kitty Owens delivers the Roving Curator Program, assisting small museums with exhibition development projects. Kitty has previously undertaken curatorial roles at the Koorie Heritage Trust, the University of Melbourne, and the Arts Centre. During her time as a Manager of the Museum Accreditation Program, Kitty wrote assessment reports about the activities of more than 30 Victorian museums and galleries, and she is the author of the 2016 MA (Vic) report on Local Government and Cultural Collections in Victoria.

Ella Rimington
Veterans Heritage Project Manager

Ella hails from Queensland and has a background in conservation, collections care, arts administration and tour guiding.  Before coming to this role Ella worked as a museum attendant and administrator for the Whitehorse City Council’s Schwerkolt Cottage, Whitehorse Artspace and Box Hill Community Arts Centre. Prior to this engagement Ella was employed as an objects conservator and has over three years of experience working for private conservation studios in Brisbane and the UK. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Conservation studies from the University of Lincoln, England and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with majors in Art History and History. Ella is also a current part time student of the Deakin University Cultural Heritage and Museum studies course. She is an absolute museum nerd and a nature lover too and she loves to potter through the wonderful spaces of Melbourne’s Museums and nature reserves on her days off.

Lauren McAlary
Manager, Victorian Collections

Lauren joined MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria team in August 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Ancient Cultures and Archaeology) and is currently completing a Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University, focusing on unaccessioned or orphaned items found in collections across Victoria. She has worked across a range of collections from the Jewish Museum of Australia, Shrine of Remembrance and Sydney Living Museums, specialising in collections management and online collection access. When not perusing galleries or cataloguing objects with delight, Lauren can be found outside, hiking and gardening.

 

Simone Ewenson
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program

Simone joined MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria team as Green Museum Project Manager in February 2017. She has a particular interest in assisting regional communities to care for collections while taking the lead on climate change. She has recently completed her Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University and has been an enthusiastic volunteer within the sector, having spent time working with a variety of fine art, medical, and social history collections. When not noodling around galleries and museums, she will often be found in her garden.

Lana Epshteyn
Manager, Communications

Lana joined the MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria team in August 2017. She holds a Masters of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Tourism Management and Marketing from RMIT. She’s has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing in 2018. Lana is a marketing professional with extensive experience in cultural tourism, arts and heritage organisations. Her previous roles included working for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Bendigo Trust. When not juggling life with two small children, Lana’s interests include community radio, museums, music and reading. 

Roisin O'Dwyer
Editor, INSITE Magazine

INSITE Editor since 2000, Roisin has worked with MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria since 1996 when she was our Administrative Assistant. Before this, she completed a studio residency from the Australia Council in New York and another at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne. Roisin has a Post Graduate Diploma in Art History & Cinema Studies (The University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Painting (RMIT). Her interests include visual arts, cinema and knitting.

Amelia Marra
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program

Amelia joined MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria in 2017. She has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Museums Studies and Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and has a particular interest in the relationship between museums and social justice. Typically she can be found exploring art and social history exhibitions, or scouring Victoria’s op-shops, and on a really good day crafting an itinerary which combines both.   

Cindy Seeberger
Office Coordinator

Cindy comes to MA (Vic) now AMaGA Victoria from Beleura House & Garden in Mornington, where she worked as a Collections Manager and Curatorial and Visitor Services Assistant. Cindy has a Bachelor of Art (Visual Arts) from Curtin University, an Advanced Diploma of Animation from Perth Central TAFE, a Certificate in Museum Studies from Edith Cowan University and a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University. Cindy worked at the Holmes á Court Gallery, East Perth and the World Heritage Site, Fremantle Prison. 

Tammy Currie
Finance Officer

Tammy started working for Fame Group Pty Ltd in 2003 with a range of clients on their book keeping, financial management, and payroll requirements. Tammy worked for VECCI as Event Coordinator and during this time took on a special project to design and implement VECCI’s Y2K website. Between positions Tammy had three children and now works part time. She has completed a Diploma in Accounting and has a number of clients in the not for profit sector.

 

Image: Museum Accreditation Program Managers and Panellists on an Accreditation visit to Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). Artwork pictured: 'From Little Things, Big Things', 2015, oil on canvas, by Hobie Porter (WAG collection).

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