We’re excited to announce that 14 members from WA received bursaries to attend the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference in Melbourne, 4-7 June this year. They’re going to act as Confe-respondents to be your eyes and ears on the ground.

Let me introduce Confe-respondent #4….


jessica marantelli


I was born in rural north-west WA and moved around a lot as a child before settling in Perth. I left Australia shortly after turning 18 and moved to Florence, Italy were I completed a BA in Art History and a BA in Fine Art Conservation at Marist University-Lorenzo de Medici Institute.

While in Florence, I studied at the Academia di Firenze, interned at the Uffizi Gallery and spent my summers working for Ars et Fides (they manage the churches of Florence).  I completed an MA Museum and Gallery Studies from Kingston University London in 2012, and interned at the Museum of London, Natural History Museum, Maritime Museum and Kingston Museum during my two years in London.

Following graduation my focus became provenance and art restitution and I completed a number of further study PDs and conferences through PRTP and the European Shoah Legacy Institute and worked as a researcher in Spain and Italy.

Currently I am the Heritage Officer at Perth College where I run a small social history museum. We have around 30000 items in the collection including; uniforms, badges, trophies, books, photographs, negatives and slides, as well as paper documents. The School also has a permanent art collection with just under 300 pieces that I manage and curate. I also curate the annual art exhibition, which is an acquisitive exhibition showcasing Western Australian artists.

I am looking forward to the hearing from some of the speakers, especially the women who are directors of large museums around the world. I saw the Isabella Blow exhibition back in 2013 and would love to hear from Curator Shonagh Marshall, as well as Andrea Cunningham from the V&A. I hope to gain some contacts from around Australia and abroad and using some of the discussions around museums to rethink the direction and purpose of our museum.

Confe-respondents are going to be sharing their expectations, experiences and learning from MGA2018 via this blog and our Facebook page so you can experience the conference through their eyes. Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce our correspondents and what they’re most looking forward to at MGA2018. In the meantime, if you want to hear what they have to say, make sure you subscribe to this blog, follow our Twitter profile (they’re going to be live tweeting) and have liked our Facebook page. You won’t want to miss a thing.