New curator for Launceston gallery

HARD AT WORK: Queen Victoria Art Gallery Visual Arts and Design curator Ashleigh Whatling.
HARD AT WORK: Queen Victoria Art Gallery Visual Arts and Design curator Ashleigh Whatling.

There is a new face heading up the Visual Arts and Design department of the Queen Victoria Art Gallery, with Ashleigh Whatling taking over the role of curator.

Originally from South Australia, Ms Whatling joins the gallery from the Samstag Museum in Adelaide, where she held a curatorial assistant role.

She said her new position was a natural progression from her previous post.

“The Samstag job was good preparation for coming here, because it was a collections-based role,” she said.

“Given QVMAG has been going since 1891, it is good I had some research experience before coming into this position.”

As part of the job, Ms Whatling is responsible for researching and developing the various collections within the gallery, as well as planning the new exhibitions to be housed at the site.

She said there was no shortage of unique options for the different sections.

“Being only a month in, there are a still lot of things to research and consider when choosing a new permanent exhibition,” she said.

“I still want to have all the favourites out there that I know people come here specifically to see, but I think it would be good to update the context of how we display it.

“For example, it would be interesting to see how a 19th century painting interacts with a piece of modernist furniture.”