Who are we?

Australian Museums and Galleries Association (Queensland) Branch Committee




Emma Bain
AMaGAQ President and Director Exhibitions and Creative Services, Queensland Museum Network 
Emma has over 22 years experience working in the arts, culture and creative sector. She is passionate about the development of cultural spaces and accessible programs that share stories and enrich people's lives. Emma has a particular interest in programming, audience development and best practice. Emma is also a Sector Director/Public Officer on the Museums & Galleries Queensland Board.


Phone: 07 3153 7880
Email: emma.bain@qm.qld.gov.au

Vice President




Dr Karike Ashworth

Karike is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist-researcher-teacher living and working in Meeanjin (Brisbane). She holds a PhD is visual arts from QUT. When she is not practicing as an artist out of her studio in Samford Valley, she is a sessional academic at QUT in Fine Arts and Vice President of AMaGAQ. In addition to her visual arts training, Dr Ashworth holds a Master of Commerce Degree from the University of Queensland. 

Phone: 0433 355 225

Email: karikeashworth@gmail.com


Brian Tucker
Certified Public Accountant
Treasurer and newly retired proprietor of his long-standing accounting practice, Brian Tucker Accounting. Brian has spent his career specialising in the arts and community sectors, principally providing services to Australian regional and remote communities.
Phone: 0428 764 071
Email: brian@briantuckercpa.org


Membership Officer




Michele Pickering

Phone: 07 3059 9745

Email: membership@magsq.com.au


Communications Officer

Rebecca Lush
Rebecca Lush is the Curator of The University Of Queensland's Integrated Pathology Learning Centre. She is particularly interested in medical collections and how they can be used in health education.
Phone: 07 3346 5130
Email: r.lush@uq.edu.au

Ordinary Members

Sarah Barron

Sarah is the Gallery Officer at Redcliffe Art Gallery and a PhD student at QUT in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. She has over 15 years of experience in the visual arts sector, particularly in galleries and museums. Sarah is passionate about accessibility in the arts, and audience engagement. 

Email: sarah.barron@hdr.qut.edu.au





Sinéad Burt    

Sinead Burt holds her BA (Hons) from The University of Western Australia, and an MA at The University of Queensland. She is a doctoral student, supported by the Deakin University Research Training Program Scholarship. As an historian who specialises in clothing, who formerly worked in the History Department of the Western Australian Museum, Sinead is interested in the intersections between the acquisition and interpretation of clothing in collecting institutions.


Mary Findlay




Gallery Director, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (SRAG)

Prior to her career in galleries, Mary worked in the education and the theatre sector. She has been Gallery Director at SRAG since 2016. Ensuring that regional arts remains strong and connected is one of her major drivers. Working with AMaGAQ is a great support and inspiration.

Phone: 07 4681 3881
Email: gallerydirector@srag.org.au

Michelle Blair



Regional Arts Officer, South West Queensland

Based at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba, Michelle is passionate about working with communities and key stakeholders to support the development of the arts in regional Queensland.

Phone: 0488 289 405
Email: info@rasn.org.au




Rebecca McDuff
Gallery Director, Bundaberg Regional Galleries
Rebecca is passionate about improving arts learning experiences and gallery engagement for the community, particularly children; bringing frivolity and fun to art. Prior to her career in the gallery sector, she worked as a psychologist across the paediatric and disability fields.
Phone: 07 4130 4750
Email: rebecca.mcduff@bundaberg.qld.gov.au






Beverley Smith 

Treasurer & Tour Coordinator, Army Museum South Queensland
Beverley's love of history and passion for heritage has led her to volunteer at both Newstead House and the Army Museum. Beverley is passionate about Brisbane's heritage and is also on the Board of Brisbane Living Heritage.

Phone: 0412 868 224
Email: bsmithys@bigpond.net.au

Australian Museums and Galleries Association, Queensland (AMaGAQ) is the Queensland branch of AMaGA, delivering the state’s membership services.

From 1998 to 2004 Australian Museums and Galleries Association, Queensland (AMaGAQ) and Public Galleries Queensland (PGQ) operated a highly successful joint Partnership Program.

Out of this partnership grew Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD), the peak professional body for Queensland’s public museum and gallery sector. Australian Museums and Galleries Association, Queensland and Public Galleries Queensland are the company’s sole members.

M&G QLD works to promote, support and provide services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places.  

Programs and services include the areas of sector development; training and professional development; information and advice; exhibition development and touring; and by promoting the achievements of Queensland galleries and museums.


What do we do?


Joint Projects

AMaGAQ works to build links with our sister association Public Galleries Queensland (PGQ) and M&G QLD through joint meetings to discuss partnered activities and joint membership promotions.

AMaGAQ continues to improve links and communication across the museum and gallery sector by increasing its online and social media presence and through the support of bursary and sponsorship opportunities.

Museums & Galleries Queensland | https://www.facebook.com/AMaGAQ/
Public Galleries Queensland | https://www.facebook.com/publicgalleriesQLD/


AMaGAQ offers professional development activities in the form of Individual Bursaries.

The bursaries are available for individual gallery/museum volunteers as assistance to attend seminars, conferences or courses.

The bursary can be used towards registration fees, associated workshop fees, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the period of the conference.

Amount: Up to $500
Eligibility: Open to current AMaGAQ members, member museum and galleries and their paid and volunteer staff.
Availability: TBC
Enquiries: Contact Membership Officer



Please contact the Membership Officer, Karike Ashworth
p:  07 3059 9745 (Thursdays)
Freecall: 1800 866 101
e:  membership@magsq.com.au