Dr Helena Bezzina
School of Creative Industries
Dr Helena Bezzina is a highly experienced Creative Industries professional and academic, having worked in museums, galleries and universities in Australia and South-East Asia for more than 20 years. Originally an artist and art-educator, Helena has worked in the corporate sector (with Apple Computers), was the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. She worked for the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum, Bega Valley Regional Gallery and more recently the Newcastle Art Gallery.
Dr Helena Bezzina has worked as a lecturer in several institutions including the University of Technology in Sydney, LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore and the NSW University in Sydney. Helena spent five years working in Singapore, a significant part of which employed as Assistant Manager, Programming at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Drawing on this experience Helena completed a PhDon the role of museums in positioning national discourse, looking specifically at the ACM’s permanent exhibition “the Peranakan Legacy” and the subsequent establishment of the Peranakan Museum.
Helena has a Masters Degree in Art and Design Education. Helena was also a Lecturer in Museum Studies at the School of Art Education, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW and in 2006 won the Best Paper Award at the Museums Australia Conference for her paper: Peranakan: The Role of Collections in Nation Building.
Researching and working in the field of interpretive programming within museums for over fifteen years has provided Helena
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- Nation Building
Fields of Research
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Casual Academic||University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (1 outputs)
|2021||Bezzina H, 'We Are One: Repositioning the Peranakan within the Asian Civilisations Museum', International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, (2021)|
Conference (4 outputs)
|2007||Bezzina H, 'The National Museum of Australia and Learning Bibliography', Canberra (2007)|
|2006||Bezzina H, 'Peranakan: The Role of Collections in Nation Building -', Brisbane (2006)|
|2004||Bezzina H, 'Australian Journeys: Objects Centred Learning', Perth (2004)|
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Creative Work (6 outputs)
|2016||Johnson S, Curating public programs MARION BORGELT: Memory & Symbol, Newcastle Art Gallery (2016)|
|2016||Johnson S, Curation of Program for KILGOUR PRIZE 2016 (2016)|
|2016||Johnson S, Bezzina H, Curation of public programs JUST DRAW, 2016, Newcastle Art Gallery (2016)|
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|2014||Bezzina H, Nation Building: The Peranakan Collection and Singapore s Asian Civilisations Museum, University of New South Wales (2014)|