2018 International Museums and Collections (IMaC) Award recipient announced

Alice O’Rourke has recently been selected as the UK recipient of the 2018 International Museums and Collections Award. Currently studying for her Masters in Art History and Curating at the University of Birmingham, she will come to Melbourne in August. During her month-long placement, Alice will work closely with museum professionals and be able to develop collection management and curatorial skills across a range of collections.

Alice is especially keen to expand her understanding of museum and gallery practices within an international context, and to have a chance to apply her theoretical and analytical skills in a ‘real world’ environment. Of her upcoming placement she commented ‘I can’t wait to explore the museums and collections at the University of Melbourne - this will be a wonderful opportunity to try new things and develop my existing knowledge on collections…I’m looking forward to gaining new skills and bringing these back to Birmingham!’ While in Melbourne she is also very keen to establish professional networks and build relationships within the sector.

The reciprocal part of the IMaC Award exchange will see a Melbourne student selected in September to travel in early 2019 to the University of Birmingham, and similarly to have the opportunity to work on projects with their museums and collections.

Alice will be based with the Museums and Collections Unit from early August, and you will be able to follow her cultural adventures in Melbourne via her blog, which will be accessible through the Museums and Collections website.

Image: Alice O’Rourke, UK recipient of the 2018 IMaC Award