ACT Branch internships

AMaGA ACT museum internships

 

AMaGA ACT internship prize

The internship prize is an award for high performing students in the ACT undertaking an internship in the GLAM sector as part of their university studies.

 

2019 prize

We are pleased to announce Sophia Halloway and Georgia Reed as the recipients of the inaugural AMaGA ACT Branch Internship Prize.

The prize was open to students that undertook an internship program in 2019 through the Australian National University’s Centre for Art History and Art Theory and the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies.

Both Sophia and Georgia received outstanding reports from their intern supervisors and for their academic performance. To reward their hard work, AMaGA ACT has given Sophia and Georgia an annual membership to AMaGA and a gift voucher for The Curatoreum. We sat down with Sophia and Georgia to ask them a bit more about their internship experience and their future plans.

  
Sophia Halloway Georgia Reed 

 

Sophia Halloway, Bachelor of Art History & Curatorship (Honours), interned at Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS)

What did you study at university?

I recently completed a Bachelor of Art History & Curatorship with Honours at the ANU. My particular research interests are contemporary art and material culture - I wrote my thesis on ephemeral media in contemporary practice.


Where did you intern and what was the best part of your internship?

I spent the past year interning at Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS). My previous experience in the GLAM sector was in larger collecting organisations, such as the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House, so interning at CCAS was an opportunity to work very differently. The team is much smaller - only three people - and CCAS doesn't have a permanent collection. This suited me well, however, since a small team means you do a bit of everything and there's lots of opportunities to try something new.

The best aspect of interning in a smaller organisation was the opportunity to become more involved in the community. Artists were constantly coming in and out of the office and the team attended plenty of exhibition openings at organisations across Canberra, where I was able to meet new people and discover new artists. The connections I made with people in the community were by far the most rewarding aspect.


Why did you decide to enter the GLAM sector?

I've always been surrounded by artists and arts lovers in my family, and I took an interest in the arts from a young age. It was during my travels prior to uni, however, that I took the plunge. I was living in Paris at the time and travelling a lot, and spent a lot of time visiting museums and galleries (not only because they are plentiful, but because they're free for young people in Europe - good for young travellers without much cash!). I decided I wanted to spend my days in places like these. My studies in art history only confirmed this idea - not only was I learning about the visual arts, but the broader social, historical, political and philosophical contexts in which they were created. It's a great way to learn about the world and the people around us.


What are your plans now you have finished university?

I have a number of exciting projects planned for 2020! Day to day, I will continue my role in private giving at the National Gallery of Australia. In terms of freelance work, I will be a Critic-in-Residence for ANCA and Art Monthly Australasia, as well as curating two shows featuring Canberra artists. I will be CCAS Emerging Curator in 2020, with my exhibition Negative Space opening on 5 March 2020 at CCAS Manuka. A second show that I am curating as the recipient of CAPO's EASS Curatorial Award will open mid-year at the School of Art & Design gallery. I also plan on making the most of my AMaGA membership and attending networking events and the like!

 

Georgia Reed, Masters in Archaeological and Evolutionary Science / Museum and Heritage Studies, interned at Endangered Heritage

What did you study at University?

I graduated with a Bachelor of Archaeological Practice from ANU in 2018 and am currently undertaking a double master’s degree in Archaeological and Evolutionary Science/ Museum and Heritage Studies.


Where did you intern and what was the best part of your internship?

I was an intern at Endangered Heritage which provides conservation services to collections, museums, galleries, archives and libraries. The best part of my internship was learning different methodologies to treat a wide range of materials from experts in their field with many years of specialised experience.


Why did you decide to enter the GLAM sector?

I have always wanted to work in a field that interested me and exposed me to a variety of information and experiences. The GLAM sector encompasses such a wide range of material which makes the sector appealing and exciting.
 

What are your plans when you finish university?

Once I complete my degree, I would love to travel overseas and find full-time employment either overseas or in Australia.