Curator of Academic Programs (Research), Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
Dr Heather Gaunt (Ph.D, B.Music, B.Arts, Postgrad. Dip. Art Curatorial Studies, Grad. Cert. University Teaching) is Curator of Academic Programs (Research), at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. Heather has worked over a period of two decades in the museum industry, as curator, collection-manager, researcher, and educator. In her current role, she collaborates with academics and their students across all disciplines at the University, creating and co-teaching programs that utilise visual art and object-based learning principles to enhance transferrable skills in visual observation and inferencing, flexible and creative thinking, navigating ambiguity, and empathy and reflective practice. She has a particular passion for leveraging the affordances of the intersection of the visual arts with medicine, and health sciences, and exploiting the benefits of cultural institutions for ageing populations. She has a number of publications in the area of adult learning in museums in health care contexts, including a book chapter, with M. Borromeo and N. Chiavaroli, ‘The Arts and Visual Thinking in Education at The Melbourne Dental School’, in C.L. McLean, ed., Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, 2013, Brush Publishing, Canada, and has presented widely at national and international forums, most recently as key speaker at the Leadership in Linking Ethics, Arts and Professionalism in Healthcare Professions Education Symposium, Hong Kong University, 2015.