2019 Fellows

We are proud to announce our 2019 Fellows:

George Alexander Foundation Fellows


Hannah Webb

After hearing about this opportunity from a past Fellow, I am so excited to be awarded the 2019 GAF Fellowship. I am currently planning my overseas investigations in the UK, France and Spain and am looking forward to collaborating with my chosen institutions.

Minting the future: the shifting cultural role of Mints

Coins have long documented people and events of national significance, dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Today Mints worldwide are responsible for the preservation of their coin collections, facilities and the cultural importance they represent. In a time where modern technology is encouraging a shift from tangible money towards contemporary payment methods, Mints are beginning to play more prominent roles as cultural institutions and not just commercial businesses. How can Mint museums contribute to the sustainability of their industry through innovative visitor experiences that engage and educate their visitors about the cultural significance of coins? This Fellowship will aim to identify new approaches to visitor experiences with an emphasis on accessibility and education. It will explore how different approaches can improve the innovative quality and relevance of Mints so that they hold interest for communities Australia-wide for generations to come.

Mitch Cleghorn

Eighty percent of the buildings standing in 2050 have already been built. Australia’s future will be about the conservation of our built heritage. We need to establish a sustainable training model that is applicable to the modern Australian construction industry.

I will travel to London to partake in a short course delivered by Prof. John Edwards on the management of conservation building projects. This course will highlight the necessity of inputting heritage management and significance into project management, but also recognises that heritage management must be project managed. It will take participants from initiating a construction project to practical completion and into the operational management of a building. I will then travel to the Engine Shed in Scotland to meet with trainers and heritage professionals that are implementing cutting-edge construction courses with a strong emphasis on conservation of built heritage. I wish to undertake a brief business study and analysis of their organisation and training programs to see what makes them successful with a view to bringing a similar model to Australia.

Reza Bolouri

The process of writing and applying for this Fellowship has allowed me to clarify my personal and professional goals. I am. Now excited to travel and begin researching in the next stage of the Fellowship journey.

This Fellowship will identify and investigate innovative models of architectural practices in the UK. The Fellowship will focus on the connection of builder and architect in practice and successful advocacy techniques that promote the wider use of architecturally-led building in the design and construction of new homes. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide learnings that can be returned and disseminated within the Australian context in order to improve the efficacy of the design and construction of new homes. The larger goal is to contribute to more widespread and affordable buildings benefiting architects, builders and homeowners in Australia.

Paul Roberts

I’m so honored and excited to undertake this fellowship. To have this opportunity allows me to invest in my passions and know I can dream bigger. It’s incredible to be supported to pursue something that I believe can really make an impact.

This Fellowship will focus on an investigation into integrated in-school programming within mainstream schools for students with emotional and behavioural difficulties and/or a background of trauma. I am proposing to see different practices and programs internationally and draw learnings from all of those to apply to the Australian context. I am particularly looking at the structures and systems that have been embedded into a mainstream school context, alongside the theory and practices that operate within those structures. These programs need to be evidence-based, with impact having been measured to prove success. Meeting with those who have developed and worked in these programs or systems will further equip me to undertake our own journey to effective, evidence-based initiatives here. Seeing what the established initiatives look like, feel like and sound like can provide a template on which to build our own approaches in Australia.

Alexandra Taylor

My Fellowship aims to develop strong leadership opportunities in the very niche, specialised area of art crime and cultural heritage protection. By expanding upon my knowledge and understanding of materials, contexts and intellectual themes surrounding art fraud, attribution and authentication, I hope to better comprehend the various methods and techniques by which examination, investigation and analysis takes place. This Fellowship explores how materials-based analysis, provenance documentation and art historical research might be applied within the legal-evidentiary framework by valuing their merits as well as their limitations with fist-hand experience and direction from some of the world’s leading experts in art crime and cultural heritage protection.

Braeden Lampard

Unscreened irrigation pumps have a large impact on native fish in the Murray Darling Basin. Internationally, communities have successfully played significant roles in addressing similar issues, whereas in Australia community awareness and engagement is low. This Fellowship will allow me to examine the role of community in highly technical projects and how best to support them to advocate and create change.

I was proud to be short listed and make the interviews, but to be the successful candidate for 2019 is exceptional. I’m eager to work alongside national and international leaders and help catalyse change, and ensure there is a healthier, sustainable future for the native fishes in the Murray – Darling Basin.

Italian Australian Foundation Fellows


Rebekka Hocking

I am very appreciative of the support extended to me by the IAF and ISS Institute in order to undertake research and professional development in my field.

During this Fellowship I intend to undertake an internship at The Institute for the Study of Aegean Prehistory – Study Centre for East Crete (INSTAP-SCEC). The INSTAP-SCEC is a laboratory for the study and conservation of Stone Age and Bronze Age archaeological material from a variety of excavations in East Crete. Conservation is a small but rapidly developing sector with new research and techniques constantly being developed. There are very limited opportunities for graduate training in archaeological conservation in Australia.  This Fellowship is an opportunity to be surrounded by people researching Aegean archaeological material and developing new treatment techniques. I will be able to develop my practical treatment skills, while being exposed to new materials, processes and technology.

Mick Prato

I feel very privileged to be awarded an IAF Fellowship and excited about the potential uses of my research findings.

The focus of this Fellowship is to explore the introduction of a practical summative assessment for all Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs within Victoria, using the internationally recognised WorldSkills Standard Specifications (WSSS).  Australia’s VET system embraces competency-based training and assessment (CBT / CBA), which makes the measuring and recognition of excellence, challenging. Numerous countries around the world do not use CBA and instead use a graded system to assess the skill level of VET students. Some of the newest and most exciting VET systems in the world have deployed the internationally-recognised WorldSkills model of assessment. Research of this kind is a world-first and would enable Victoria to remain at the forefront of VET innovation globally. There is much to learn from the ways that WorldSkills assessments have been embedded in to the VET systems of other countries, and to evaluate whether similar practice could (or should) be applied here.

Rebecca Ingleton

My experience so far has been extremely exciting and full of opportunity. It is an honour to have been awarded this Fellowship and I am eager to continue my research and planning for my International trip to Canada.

Throughout my studies and professional experience, I have discovered the vast potential of well-designed urban spaces to positively impact on people’s health, social inclusion, safety and sustainability. I see an essential need to ensure that community spaces are designed to achieve the best possible urban outcomes. The focus of my Fellowship is to identify the design elements that are critical to the success of celebrated international community spaces. I will visit the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary, which are cities celebrated for their innovative urban design. By identifying key design elements, I will create a concise set of findings which I will aim to replicate in an Australian context.

Claire Rowson

I recognise I’ve been extremely fortunate in my training in an artisanal and heritage trade, especially in an age where working as an artist is becoming less viable as a career option. This fellowship is an opportunity for me to encourage dialogue on the preservation of rare-skills and to work towards strategies that make these pathways appealing and sustainable career options for others.

The aims of this Fellowship are twofold: encouraging the preservation of the rare trade skills associated with the Numismatic and Medallic Arts in Australia and to advocate for the conservation of numismatic collections of coins and medals. Most people handle coins everyday yet rarely consider the incredible range of skills and expertise that contribute to the manufacture of these intriguing objects. These skills include the hand modelling of bas-relief designs in clay and plaster as well as the direct engraving of steel coining tools and dies. With few formally accredited training programs world-wide, the fellow will travel to Rome to experience targeted training in the engraving of coins and medals and to museums throughout Europe to experience best-practice documentation, display and conservation of coins in collections.

Grace Leone

It is an honor to be awarded the IAF Fellowship which will support the growth and contribution of my practice and acknowledges my Italian heritage that creates the strong foundation that shapes the person I am today.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of the United Nations’ Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Australia is committed to achieving these Goals. This Fellowship will explore ways of addressing the SDGs in the context of creative civic learning in public space.  This Fellowship will research the application of interdisciplinary practice for better sustainable living in cities and how inhabitants can reinvent the city through experimentation and creative interventions. Through collaboration with and mentorship by the director of City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Bologna, Italy, it will allow an immersive investigation into European case studies mentioned in the publication Human Cities – Challenging the City Scale, a project supported by UNESCOs’ Creative Cities Network and allow an opportunity to apply that knowledge into the Australian educational and Building Design context.  

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