The Ian Potter Museum of Art offers six competitive awards of $1500 each to University of Melbourne students across all disciplines, for small projects focused on the Russell and Mab Grimwade ‘Miegunyah’ Collection. The Ian Potter Museum of Art Miegunyah Student Project Award scheme aims to give students experience in working in an interdisciplinary context with a significant and extensive material and visual culture collection. In recognition of the changing face of academic engagement these projects also give students the opportunity to think about how to share their research with a range of audiences and make use of multiple modes of distribution.
‘I appreciated the opportunity to explore the Grimwade collection. After working closely with its artefacts I was surprised and humbled, they provide a unique perspective on Australian history and should be continuously investigated.’ – Student feedback
Katja Wagner – Architecture
The Grimwades’ Miegunyah: an architectural palimpsest
Wey Yao Wong – Botany
Scientific curation with Grimwade’s Eucalypts
Luna Mrozik Gawler – Creative Writing
Ecologies of silence – an exploration of ‘storied matter’ in colonial Australia, using natural specimens from the collection as stimuli
Catherine Gay – History
‘All life and usefulness’: Girls and needlework in late nineteenth-century Victoria
Cathleen Rosier – Art History
Re-carving life: Indigenous artists and the practice of carved emu eggs in the early twentieth century
Laura di Blasi – Creative Writing
Searching for identity – How do we negotiate our identities within a nation that possesses multiple histories?