Amy has recently completed her PhD at FedUni working across the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) and the Arts Academy. This research is based on her practice as curator at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute 2016-2019, and is titled “Creative Activation of the Past: Mechanics’ Institutes, GLAM, Heritage and Creativity in the Twenty-first century.” View Amy’s photo book that accompanies the PhD below
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In 2019 she was nominated for the Ballarat Heritage Awards inaugural Mayoral Award for emerging heritage and design practitioners. Since 2016 Amy and husband Julian have also run Minerva’s Bookshop which has recently moved online as Minerva’s Books & Ideas headed by Amy- selling books online and producing creative media about the lives of books and the ideas they ignite. Follow along here
Regardless of the form, Amy has always loved storytelling and creating unique, beautiful and thought-provoking things. She loves making ideas happen through innovative projects and events, with a respected reputation as a go-to person and an enabler.
Beginning with a love for books and writing, leading to university studies in literature and theatre and co-founding cross-artform company Weave Length Productions, Amy has been based in Ballarat in recent years, building her experience in radio and film along with continued production, curation and research on various local projects around arts, culture and heritage.
She has a Masters in site-specific theatre, hosted and produced arts and music program Tinderbox Radio, and has curated and programmed Art Sparks events for local organisation Ballarat Arts Alive and various components of the event Ballarat Heritage Weekend since 2012, including multimedia content, research, curation and project management and experiential consultancy.
She has produced arts media content for broadcast and online with Voice FM, ABC Ballarat, 4ZZZ, All the Best, and the Central Highlands Arts Atlas. Content has also been developed and produced for ballaratrevealed.com and hulballarat.org.au
She has conducted research for the City of Ballarat and has sat on their Heritage Advisory Committee. She loves diverse work that brings out her natural role as collector, curator and connecter.
Amy’s work has been described as
engaging, brave & complex
challenging, ethereal & experiential
eclectic & diverse
Motivating and inspiring