Student opportunities / UQ Community

Life-changing opportunities for Kinnane interns

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Kinnane Bequest interns with their mentors. L-R Kathryn Kerswell (Senior Registrar), Rebecca Johnson (Registration Intern), Emma McLean (Curatorial Intern) and Samantha Littley (Curator)

In August 2014, we were deeply saddened to hear of our good friend Paula Kinnane’s sudden passing. Plans for her bequest were activated and, over the ensuing months, this translated into an extraordinary gift of $8 million to establish two endowment funds to benefit the UQ Art Museum and the UQ School of Music. Paula’s incredible generosity has allowed the UQ Art Museum to establish internships to provide students with gallery and museum-specific skills and, in partnership with the UQ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, establish undergraduate and PhD scholarships with a special focus in museum theory and practice.

Paula and Tony Kinnane’s incredible generosity has enabled the UQ Art Museum to establish internships to provide students with gallery and museum-specific skills.

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Kinanne Endowment Curatorial Intern, Emma McLean and Curator, Samantha Littley

Curator Samantha Littley will provide guidance to Kinnane Endowment Curatorial Intern Emma McLean:

The Kinnane Endowment Fund Curatorial Internship has allowed us to significantly expand our engagement with students. Affording Emma McLean 12 months’ paid curatorial work, the Internship will see her undertaking research for exhibitions, writing rationales for the acquisition of artworks, and drafting a range of interpretive texts to promote and elucidate the Collection. Emma stood out in a strong field of applicants, impressing us with her enthusiasm and commitment to her vocation. — Samantha Littley

I’m honoured to be the selected candidate for the Kinnane Endowment Fund Curatorial Internship. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the late Paula and Tony Kinnane, I will be fortunate enough to learn the fundamental skills of curating from the creative and experienced UQ Art Museum staff. I’m grateful for the commitment of the UQ Art Museum to supporting young arts professionals like myself and am looking forward to the learning opportunities and challenges that the next year will bring. — Emma McLean

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Senior Registrar, Kathryn Kerswell and Kinnane Endowment Registration Intern, Rebecca Johnson

Senior Registrar Kathryn Kerswell will mentor the very first Kinnane Endowment Registration Intern, Rebecca Johnson.

Museum registration is not an immediately obvious career path for aspiring museum professionals. We work ‘behind the scenes’ to prepare artworks for exhibitions, manage copyright agreements and oversee the care of the UQ Art Collection. Rebecca has already demonstrated, through our volunteer program, that she has the capacity to apply the legal and logistical knowledge required to work in this field. The Kinnane Internship provides the opportunity for Rebecca to build on her experience and for the Registration Team to gain a valuable colleague.

We have many promising students who volunteer with members of the Registration team at UQ Art Museum. — Kathryn Kerswell

The UQ Art Museum has been a driving influence for me during my studies and has helped develop my passion into the foundations of a career. I feel so fortunate and excited to broaden and challenge my professional skills on the job in Registration in the name of Paula Kinnane – she wanted to make a difference in students’ lives, and I believe this experience will truly change mine. — Rebecca Johnson

The UQ Art Museum is forever grateful to Paula and Tony Kinnane for their dedication to the arts, to students and to the value of education.

Every gift, whether given during your lifetime or after, will help UQ Art Museum deliver dynamic exhibitions and public programs that enrich the education of students and our community, as well as build, research and conserve a significant collection of Australian art for future generations. Find out more or donate now.

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