In this special forum, we’ll celebrate 50 years of
The Grimwades’ Bequests: Legacies and Opportunities
The names Grimwade and Miegunyah appear across the University of Melbourne – including in the Grimwade Collection, Grimwade Conservation Centre and Miegunyah Press.
This half-day forum will explore the ongoing impact and legacy of Sir Russell and Lady Mab Grimwade’s generous support to the University of Melbourne, notably through the Grimwade Collection of art and books; funds bequeathed to historical publishing and biosciences; and the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund.
Russell (1879–1955) was closely involved with the University of Melbourne during his lifetime, and was always supported by Mab (1886–1973), who died fifty years ago this year. Their philanthropy continues to impact creative, historic and scientific research at the University, and also, importantly, student engagement through annual funding of scholarships, prizes and fellowships.
Celebrating the many decades of the Grimwades’ landmark donations, academics, collection managers, students and fellows will come together at this forum to share their stories of inquiry, experimentation and achievements.
FREE event, bookings required.
The forum will conclude with celebratory drinks, followed by launch of the biography The World of Mab Grimwade by Thea Gardner.
Supported by the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY AND WELCOME
Professor Su Baker |Pro Vice-Chancellor | Cultural Partnerships
Introduction and housekeeping
Alisa Bunbury | Grimwade Collection Curator | Museums and Collections
Chair | Rose Hiscock | Director, Museums and Collections
Dr James Waghorne is University Historian and author (with Gwilym Croucher) of Australian Universities: A History of Common Cause (UNSW Press, 2020) and By Students, For Students: A history of the Melbourne University Union (Australian Scholarly, 2022).
Thea Gardiner is a PhD candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, researching and writing on the place of women in Australian historical memory. Her book The World of Mab Grimwade is released in October 2023 by The Miegunyah Press.
Alisa Bunbury is the Grimwade Collection Curator in the Museums and Collections department and specialises in colonial Australian art and its implications. She was the editor of Pride of Place: Exploring the Grimwade Collection (The Miegunyah Press, 2020) and was lead curator of the major exhibition Colony (NGV, 2018). She researches and writes regularly on early Australian settler art.
Chair | Dr Kyla Macfarlane Academic Engagement Manager, Museums and Collections
Dr Kyla Macfarlane is Academic Engagement Manager in the Museums and Collections department. Originally from New Zealand/Aotearoa, she has held key curatorial positions at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Centre for Contemporary Photography and Monash University Museum of Art. Kyla has a strong interest in practice-based, interdisciplinary programs and working with artists and collections and also practices as an independent art writer.
Arabella Frahn-Starkie, Miegunyah Student Project Awardee 2021, is a dancer and choreographer and graduate of the Victorian Collage of the Arts. She is interested in the documentation of performance, and the ways in which ephemeral experiences remain and are proliferated. She is a graduate of the Victoria College of the Arts and is currently completing a Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation at the Grimwade Centre.
Madeline Frohlich and Willow Ross, Miegunyah Student Project Awardees 2023, are MA students in Human Geography (School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) whose research practices focus on food and waste as sites of social transformation. They approach questions of the everyday with attention to materiality, embodiment and power.
Shiyun Zheng, Miegunyah Student Project Awardee 2023, is currently undertaking a Master of Art Curatorship. Her research for the Miegunyah Student Research Project taps into her keen interest in Formula 1 racing.
AFTERNOON TEA AND VIEWING OF ARABELLA FRAHN-STARKIE’S INSTALLATION
Chair | Charlotte Day Director, Art Museums, Museums and Collections
Professor Robyn Sloggett AM PAICCM is Cripps Foundation Chair in Cultural Materials Conservation and Director of the Grimwade Centre. Her teaching and research explore interdisciplinary studies in materials and techniques, art attribution, ethics and philosophy of conservation, and community-partnered conservation with remote, rural and regional organisations.
Dr Laura Edgington-Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry & Pharmacology at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, where she leads the Protease Pathophysiology Laboratory. She was the Grimwade Research Fellow 2018-How the field of biochemistry has benefitted from the Grimwade bequests 2022.
Dr Joanne Birch is a Lecturer and Curator of the University of Melbourne Herbarium in the School of BioSciences. Her research focuses on Australian plant and fungal evolution and digitisation of natural history collections.
Sophie Cunningham AM is the author of nine books including City of Trees: Essays on life, death and the need for a forest and (co-author) of Wonder: 175 Years of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. She is the 2023–24 Miegunyah Creative Fellow.