2023 – Samantha Hamilton
Samantha Hamilton – photo credit Mark Gambino
Samantha is characterised by her colleagues as bringing ingenuity and a focus on public benefit to her work. She spearheaded the $2.5M redevelopment project of the Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC) area at Hamer Hall, which included upgraded facilities for conservation and research, a photographic studio, an object quarantine space, collections work areas and a visible storage area. Samantha worked hard to create awareness around collection needs both within her organisation, and externally to the State government, the performing arts sector and to the general public. It was due to Samantha’s hard work that so many grants for the project were sought and secured from private benefactors and the Victorian Government. Samantha’s leadership and collaboration resulted in positive outcomes for the collection and the conservation profession.