DR Heather Gaunt

DR Heather Gaunt


  • 2102 (museum education)
  • 2103 (library history)



  • I have extensive expertise and experience in museum practice, including curatorship, collection management, public access including technological access, and academic program development. I have published 16 papers in the areas of art museum practice and Australian cultural history, have two forthcoming international book chapters, and presented extensively at conferences in Australia and internationally.

    My current role at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne involves facilitating and contributing to collaborative research projects (UoM students and staff) focused on the Ian Potter Museum of Art collections, exhibitions, environment, etc.; facilitating and co-teaching undergraduate courses with relevant lecturers in different disciplines, using IPMoA within course structures/subjects. I am available for supervision or co-supervision of higher degree research projects related to IPMoA.

    I have a particular research interest in medical humanities within the visual arts field. In 2012 the Arts in Health Education project was initiated, using IPMoA collections to teach students in the Faculty of Dentistry, Medicine and Health Sciences visual observation skills and enriched empathetic attributes. The skills of close observation, the understanding of objective and subjective visual skill sets, and the ability to interpret emotional tenor has direct correlation to the professional skills these students must develop for clinical practice.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2014
  • PhD, University of Tasmania 2010
  • Post Grad Dip, University of Melbourne 1992
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1991
  • BMus, University of Melbourne 1990

Awards and honors

  • Bronwyn Jane Adams Memorial Award, University of Melbourne, 2012


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising or co-supervising students in the area of museum education, and medical humanities using the visual arts.