Museums Discovery Centre Curator Talks

First Monday of the Month, 2pm

Join one of the curators of the collections at the Museums Discovery Centre for a rare opportunity to learn more about the items in the collection, collection conservation and research practices. With millions of treasures inside the Museums Discovery Centre there is so much to discover.


Curator Talk: The Human Voice

2pm Monday, 6th February

We inhabit a world full of voices. A cry announces our first entry into the world and the voice emerging from inside us acts as an indicator of physical and emotional health. Ahead of opening at the Powerhouse Museum in August 2017, hear about the exhibition This is a Voice which will explore the many dimensions of human voice production. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences collection has incredible examples of objects and technology related to the voice: from 19th century medical models of the larynx, to early mechanical and digital devices that record or augment the voice to vaudeville ventriloquists dummys there is much to explore. Through a selection of examples this talk will examine aspects of the flexible and mysterious creature that is the human voice.
About Katie Dyer:
Katie is Curator Contemporary at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences where she leads and develops creative cross-disciplinary contemporary curatorial programming. Prior to working at MAAS she has held positions at the National Art School and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the Museum of Modern Art and The Drawing Center, New York. She has extensive experience working with established and emerging artists and historical collections. Her focus has been on working with national and international visual art, moving image, performance and art in the public realm. Her research areas focus on creative practice as a response to our contemporary conditions, interdisciplinary collaboration and the re-imagined museum. Katie is also examining how art–science can generate new modes of trans-disciplinary knowledge and unique forms of public engagement.

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Curator Talk: Antarctica Journey, the perils of adventure

2pm Monday, 6th March

Let Nina Earl, Science Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, share the stories of glory and hardship that come with exploring the far reaches of our globe.

What makes Antarctica so difficult to traverse?
What do you do when supplies are lost?
Why are we so interested in these far flung corners?

About Nina Earl:
Nina holds a degree in environmental science and science communication. Prior to becoming a curator at MAAS Nina worked in community engagement and schools education across NSW. Nina has delivered a wide range of workshops and presentations on science education and most recently helped deliver the update to the Experimentations exhibition at MAAS.

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Curator Talk, 2pm Monday, 3rd April

Tilly Boleyn, Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, will give a one hour talk about her insights the MDC collection, collection conservation and research practices.

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