The Regional Gallery Digitisation Project is managed by AMaGA Victoria in collaboration with Creative Victoria and is funded through the Victorian State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. 

About the project:   

The Regional Gallery Digitisation Project is a short-term project that supports the digitisation and management of collections at twelve galleries and museums across regional Victoria. 

Regional Gallery Digitisation Project Staff

 

Julie Fenley
Project Manager, Regional Gallery Digitisation Project

Julie Fenley is managing the Regional Galleries Digitisation Project, an initiative offered in 2021 in partnership with Creative Victoria with funding through Working with Victoria. Julie provides more than fifteen years’ experience working on social histories and serving as a community advocate, and was recently commissioned to write the history of the community philanthropic organisation, the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation and formerly worked as a research archivist at the Indigenous-controlled Aboriginal History Archive at Victoria University. She offers a demonstrated commitment to the preservation of stories of citizenship and diversity through work as an academic lecturer at Monash University (later Federation University), as the acting director of the university’s Centre for Gippsland Studies regional repository, and as a heritage and museum consultant at organisations such as the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

 

Ben Blacket
Digitisation Support Officer, Bendigo Art Gallery

Ben Blacket is a passionate photographer with more than twenty years’ experience in the field. He began his career as a newspaper photojournalist and has worked as a photographic assistant to many of Australia’s most reputable commercial photographers. Seeking to expand his expertise with work in the museums and galleries sector — and with particular interests in photography, digitisation and digital asset management — Ben has recently taken up the role of digitisation support officer at Bendigo Art Gallery. He holds a degree in Fine Art - Photography and in 2020 he completed the first year of the Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne.

 

Matthew Cook
Digitisation Support Officer, Mildura Arts Centre

Matthew Cook is currently at the Mildura Arts Centre, helping the centre create digital captures of its diverse collection of works. This follows on from his time at SuniTAFE, Australia’s 2019 large training provider of the year. Here he was, at different times, their webmaster, social media practitioner, e-learning expert, and a general IT support person. He has also been helping to organize the centenary celebrations of the Red Cliffs irrigation district. Matthew is currently on the lookout for people, pictures and footage connected to the town to be part of the party!

 

 

Elyse de Valle
Digitisation Support Officer, Bendigo Art Gallery

Elyse de Valle is an artist and archivist who engages with materials and sites to express the conceptual concerns of her practice. Elyse’s art work explores little known narratives that permit her contemplation of creative labour, memory, trauma, loss and experience. It is often a pursuit to trace, re-examine and respond to social history, reflecting on how memory is encoded directly and indirectly within the built form. Past employment has included custom archival solutions at the National Gallery of Victoria and digitisation at Museums Victoria. Elyse completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours in 2012 and a Masters of Fine Arts in 2015 at Monash University.

 

Maggie Hollins
Digitisation Support Officer, Benalla Gallery

 Maggie Hollins is a practicing artist with qualifications in ceramics from the National Art School, Sydney and a Visual Arts Degree from QUT, Brisbane. After graduation she worked as a Communications Officer for the Queensland Government and has also worked for many years as a nurse, with qualifications as a registered nurse and midwife.

Maggie has led workshops and participated in exhibitions across North East Victoria, and is enthusiastic about natural dyeing and zero waste clothing design. She is mother to 3 adult daughters and lives in Benalla, where she enjoys bushwalking and gardening.

 

Daniel Kelly
Digitisation Support Officer, Art Gallery of Ballarat

A graduate from the University of Ballarat in Fine Arts (painting), Dan Kelly has continued to practice his brand of art making. Dan is a musician who currently plays bass with the Lymes. For the past 15 years he has worked in several Art Galleries throughout Victoria and overseas as technical support and as an art handler, delivering high profile exhibitions and assisting with collection storage and management.  Dan has held a number of contracts at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and is dedicated to amassing an intimate knowledge of both the Gallery’s collection and the history.

 

Ethel Spowers
The gust of Wind
linocut on paper
1930
1980.37

Collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Daniel Kelly
The gust of collection management
photograph
2021

Collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Deborah Hennessy
Digitisation Support Officer, Warrnambool Art Gallery

My work history has involved an interrelated mixture of art, film, design, writing and education. Communication, analysis, creativity and business have always been part of that mix. In the past I have devised and taught a course at the Victorian College of the Arts and run a small inner-city bookshop focusing on art, architecture and design. I’ve also managed two major contemporary art galleries - Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Anna Schwartz Gallery - and assisted the Museum of Contemporary Art’s, Head of Programming on several major exhibitions. More recently, I coordinated a studio specialising in large scale lighting design and architectural features. I am now based at Warrnambool Art Gallery.

 

Shaye Malsem
Digitisation Support Officer, Wangarrata Art Gallery

 Shaye Malsem is a Digitisation Support Officer at Wangaratta Art Gallery, with experience in museum collections management. She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts (double majoring in History and English) from La Trobe University and a Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Archives and Records Management) from the University of South Australia. Shaye has a passion for history and prides herself on working in a field that allows her to be a custodian of history and culture. In her free time, Shaye enjoys spending time outdoors in the garden or going for bush walks, loves baking and making handcrafted objects, and has a keen interesting in learning.

 

Jennifer Parker
Digitisation Support Officer, Shepparton Art Museum

Jennifer Parker is an emerging objects conservator, currently working as the AMaGA Digitisation Support Officer at the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Jen initially studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in gold and silversmithing, at RMIT University, before deciding to move into the field of conservation. She is partway through studying a Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne. Jen is also the current Treasurer of the Student Conservators at Melbourne committee and has been fortunate enough to volunteer in the conservation department of the Melbourne Museum. Her areas of particular interest are metal and ceramics.

 

 

 

Rupert Bunny
Girl drying her hair (c.1910)
oil on canvas
54 x 81 cm
1950.0003
Shepparton Art Museum collection, purchased, 1950.
Image: Shepparton Art Museum


Jennifer Parker  Girl dying her hair (2021)  photograph  Image: Shepparton Art Museum

Jennifer Parker
Girl dying her hair (2021)
photograph
Image: Shepparton Art Museum
 
   

 

Jenny Peterson
Digitisation Support Officer, Latrobe Regional Gallery

Jenny Peterson has an employment history that has included various roles within the visual arts. Her undergraduate and postgraduate study has centred on the field of printmaking, she also has qualifications in education and museum studies. She lives in Boolarra where her art studio is based and has lectured for several years at Federation University at the Gippsland Campus in Churchill. Her volunteer roles include long term membership of the Art Resource Collective in Yinnar, she currently works at the Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell as the collection digitisation Support Officer.

 

Ben Plunkett
Digitisation Support Officer, Horsham Art Gallery

Raised in Horsham, Ben Plunkett has been interested in art and photography from a young age. He had established a videography business in 2012 and recently took on the role of digitization support officer with the Australian Museums and Galleries Association at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

Ben is passionate about storytelling, sharing knowledge and inspiring others to do their best. He also loves travel - and has been to Vietnam, Europe, Bali and the United States so far – and enjoys singing, drumming and learning piano.

 

Alex Rollo
Digitisation Support Officer, Geelong Gallery

With a grounding in photography, printmaking and painting, Alex Rollo has a Masters in Art Curatorship from Melbourne University. He is committed to generating, sharing and exhibiting works in a digital format and recently took on the role of digitisation support officer at Geelong Gallery. He is particularly interested in the ways in which interactive and virtual media can inspire museum and gallery visitors. Alex has a strong passion for preserving collections, and has had previous contracts at the Geelong Gallery and Gallery Arts West which involved archiving and registering art works, as well as working collaboratively behind the scenes in the installation and deinstallation of exhibitions.

 

Claudia Ross
Digitisation Support Officer, Hamilton Gallery

I am currently working full time as a digitisation officer at the Hamilton Gallery, Vic. I assist with art handling, photography, database systems and collection management. Previously, I worked as a User Experience (UX) designer at a startup called Storytowns. Prior to that, I was living in Sydney studying a Bachelor of Design Computing which I graduated from in 2019. 

Beyond work I enjoy illustrating and digital painting. You'll often find me recreating film frames on photoshop or illustrating people and animals and sharing them with the online art community.

 

Yvonne Tang
Digitisation Support Officer, Castlemaine Art Museum

 Yvonne Tang is a creative problem solver, armed with humour and realistic outlook in life, she is a confident individual with work experience that spans across different industries and continents.

After graduating from her Graduate Diploma in Museum studies from the University of Sydney, she worked as a curatorial assistant here in Australia and in the United States. Striving to challenge herself, Yvonne then gained employment in the corporate sector as an executive assistance, before relocating to Melbourne where she started a small business making vegan cakes. Today, Yvonne lives in the Goldfields region and will be taking up the post as a Support Officer at the Castlemaine Art Museum, providing assistance in digitising the museum's collection.

 

Madi Whyte
Digitisation Support Officer, Hamilton Gallery

 Madi Whyte is an artist and photographer working on Gunditjmara land on the digitisation project at the Hamilton Gallery. In this role Madi works with handling works, collection management and digitising the Hamilton Gallery collection. Madi has recently graduated with a degree in Design with a focus in fine art and photography. Her specialties include digital photography, photo processing and past gallery experience. As well as being a part of the digitisation project, Madi continues a practice as an artist working on projects in her free time.

 

Annabelle Williams
Digitisation Support Officer, Benalla Gallery

 Annabelle Williams is an emerging conservator, currently working at the Benalla Art Gallery as an AMaGA Digitisation Support Officer. Her previous roles have included volunteering at the Jewish Holocaust Centre on a digitisation project and at La Trobe University cataloguing and condition reporting the collection. She is currently President of the Student Conservators at Melbourne Committee and studying her Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation part time at the University of Melbourne.