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2021 Fellows

The George Alexander Foundation

Ruth Redden

Ruth Redden is a registered architect and heritage consultant. She is an associate at Context-GML and is a member of Australia ICOMOS’ National Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability and ICOMOS’ International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change. Ruth’s ISSi+GAF fellowship will broadly focus on building conservation and environmental sustainability. Sustainability will be defined according to the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals, and the research will explore national and international standards of sustainable building conservation in practice. The fellowship aims to develop guidelines for best practice sustainable building conservation in Australia, including recommendations on how Australian building and conservation practice could be improved to align with international efforts to combat climate change.

Kirri Mae Sampson

This fellowship will focus on the skills gap of Knitwear Linking. A niche but crucial role in the process of knitwear production, a skill that is still thriving in many offshore contexts and would be a valuable addition to the Australian market. Currently without this skill accessible, fashion labels are forced to compromise their designs to meet existing local capability or seek manufacturing offshore altogether. Developing accessible learning resources for this skill will create opportunities for its ongoing dissemination. Meanwhile, increasing scope of local design/production capability will have flow on benefits for the industry, assisting in raising the bar and opportunity for Australia to build competitive capacity in design and innovation for apparel on a global scale.

Camielle Fitzmaurice

Camielle is a paper and book conservation specialist (BA Arts.Hons, MA MCCM). She has worked as a conservator in both private practice and institutions in Australia, and undertaken specialist training in book conservation. Her Fellowship addresses the siloing of historic bookbinding and book conservation knowledge in Australia. It seeks to openly address the gap between book and paper conservation approaches to assessing and treating bound items and develop a hub for collecting and disseminating book conservation knowledge in Australia. Camielle will work with book artist, binder and book arts academic Karen Hanmer in Chicago, ILL., to develop both historic and modern cut-away book models. Cementing of her knowledge of book construction will aid in the reserve-engineering of book structures Camielle is tasked with in her profession. Camielle’s research will focus on books as dynamic objects – collaborative and functional.

Emily Dawson

Emily’s Fellowship hopes to contribute to teacher training, educational policy and curriculum development at a critical turning point towards greater inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, their communities and their perspectives on education. Her Fellowship will provide a complex and comparative reading of the past, dominantly through text-based and documentary research of archives to try to map the advocacy and agency of students, families, communities, teachers and authorities within colonial systems of education throughout the 20th Century. Her Fellowship hopes to produce important knowledge that is useful to many communities of learning and practice, providing a “history of the present” regarding education as both a transnational and transcultural discipline.

Claudia von der Borch

The aim of Claudia’s fellowship is to investigate the purpose and power of immersion in exhibition design. Museums are constantly pushing for richer opportunities to connect visitors with ideas, collections, and content. Immersive exhibition design is a relatively new and evolving area of museum practice, and there is more to uncover about the ways that cultural institutions can utilise it to deliver different aspects of audience engagement. Claudia hopes to build an understanding of how immersive design meets visitor and museum needs, and how it’s application delivers lasting experience outcomes. The insights of this Fellowship will be shared with the sector in Australia, expanding knowledge of how this type of exhibition can be used to better engage audiences.

Shane Wiechnik

Shane is a conservator of furniture and wooden artifacts, which is a narrow field within Australia with few qualified practitioners. His Fellowship will focus on our heritage crafted pieces come from overseas, or were informed by international traditions. Objects of historic and personal significance are often treated by people with no formal training in conservation or historic crafts, and the skill pool is relatively small . He will have the opportunity to bring back up to date as well as traditional skill-based techniques currently in practice among conservators with a variety of training backgrounds and ethical approaches.

Higher Education and Skills 

Simone Jamieson

Simone Jamieson has worked in the Community Development and Education sector for 12 years. The aim of her fellowship is to research and develop innovative ways to empower disadvantaged and disengaged learners suffering from mental illness and to provide teachers with more tools to support and guide learners into realistic employment. A key research outcome will be the development of a framework for local labour markets to adopt capacity based and flexible work arrangements suitable for people experiencing mental health issues.