School of Arts

Amy Tsilemanis

CRCAH and Arts Academy doctoral candidate

Creative activation of the past: arts, heritage and engagement in cultural institutes and their regional contexts

Amy’s research looks at the various ways that historical information can be brought to life (or “activated”) through creative storytelling projects using art forms including theatre, photography and podcasting.

Amy's work investigates models of working across disciplines (arts, heritage, public history, urban studies, tourism) in new ways to produce storytelling and activities that engage diverse communities and connect the past to the present and future in meaningful ways. Taking Mechanics’ Institutes (and Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI), in particular) as a base, the research asks how stories of the past can be told and experienced, and how historic institutions and collections might play a contemporary role in the places that they are based.


M.A. Theatre, La Trobe University, 2012
B.A. Hons, La Trobe University, 2007

Conference papers

Storytelling Ballaarat City, at Future GLAM, Deakin University 2018

Innovating Traditions: Activation projects at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, at Reinvention: Thriving in the 21st century, San Francisco 2016

‘Activating the Archives’ presented at the Australian Historical Association conference, Ballarat, July 2016


  • The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute
  • The Ballarat Arts Foundation

Further information is available on Amy's website.