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Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

Established in 1859, the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute (BMI) is part of Ballarat’s historical and cultural heart. It should be no surprise then that our work intersects.

Postgraduate research

Amy Tsilemanis, Curator at BMI, is a PhD student with Prof Keir Reeves, (CRCAH) and Dr Angela Campbell (Arts Academy). Through her work at the BMI, and particularly with the Max Harris photographic collection, Amy’s PhD research investigates the activation of cultural heritage and revitalisation of cultural institutions through arts practice.

Amy has been drawing on research sources from the BMI and working closely with the Arts Academy since 2014. She has made significant contributions to Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Amy was a co-winner of the 2015 National Trust, City of Ballarat Heritage Innovation Award for Living Heritage: Trades and Tradition, for 'excellence, innovation and best practice in heritage' with Dr Angela Campbell (performing arts), with Christine Smith (communication design) and guest artist, Dr Tanja Beer. The project was supported by the $10,000 Future Designers Program Award (Industry Engagement Plan, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, Victoria), an industry grant that matches equal contributions from Universities and Business (FedUni and the City of Ballarat).

Read more about Living Heritage, Heritage Weekend.