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2018 GAMAA WINNER: Kathryn Kerswell


WINNER: Kathryn Kerswell, retired Senior Registrar, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Kath Kerswell has been working in the visual arts industry in Brisbane for 31 years. During this time, she has worked predominantly, but not exclusively, behind the scenes managing art collections, working at institutions including Griffith Artworks, Griffith University; State Library of Queensland; and The University of Queensland Art Museum.

A respected industry professional, Kath’s legacies are numerous, inscribed on the many thousands of documents that relate to the collections with which she has worked. Her readiness to adapt to suit the needs of the times and the respect for the records she managed, has made her an ideal custodian in caretaking collections of historical importance.

At The University of Queensland Art Museum, Kath was instrumental in refining and developing procedures for managing the collection, and significantly involved with the development of programs that made the University art collection more accessible for use in teaching and learning. This included professional development opportunities for students.

Cr Rick Baberowski, Sunshine Coast Council with Kath Kerswell – Winner of Individuals: Paid Staff category. Photograph by Krista Eppelstun, courtesy of Museums & Galleries Queensland.


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