Mikala masters art of a volunteer holiday

A Deakin University student has come from Melbourne to Warrnambool for a work placement and liked it so much she’s reluctant to leave.

Mikala Knights, 24, of Narre Warren, enjoyed her work placement at Warrnambool Art Gallery so much she is staying as a volunteer over the summer holidays. 141219AM08 Picture: ANGELA MILNE

Mikala Knight, from Narre Warren, has just completed a four-week placement at the Warrnambool Art Gallery as part of the university’s Work Integrated Learning Program and intends to stay on as a volunteer over summer.

“This was my first time to Warrnambool but I’ve absolutely loved it,” Ms Knight said.

Her volunteer work over summer will include acting as a tour guide and security for the renaissance art exhibition.

“I’ve been learning a lot about art curatorship. I’ve constructed a diorama, changed exhibitions, bubble-wrapped a taxidermy exhibition. It’s been quite practical and hands-on,” she said.

She has also been interviewing staff about their roles at the gallery and the work they believe to be iconic in the collection.

Ms Knight hopes to pursue a career as an artist and work in a gallery.

She has finished the second year of her three-year Bachelor of Creative Arts course majoring in visual arts at Deakin’s Burwood campus.

Several students from Burwood and Geelong have come to Warrnambool for their placements through the Higher Education Participation Program.

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