The Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage & the Arts collaborates nationally and internationally with practicing heritage and arts professionals, cultural institutions, government agencies, private enterprise and other universities to address matters of professional practice and professional development within the heritage and arts sectors.
The Institute seeks to service the contemporary interests and professional development needs of individuals and organisations. The Institute coordinates a range of professional development activities that are made available to its members and partners. It also utilises its membership base to provide expertise on matters relating to professional practice.
The Institute is administered as part of the Research School of Humanities & the Arts at The Australian National University. Its operation is guided by a Board of eminent heritage and arts professionals.
After more than six years of operation, IPPHA's performance will be reviewed as part of a five year ANU cycle to determine its contribution and ongoing relevance.
As part of the review process, public submissions will be sought sometime in early 2015. Further information about the review and opportunities for input will be on this website soon.
After six years, Program Coordinator Dr Sandy Blair has resigned to pursue new directions. In leaving, she welcomed the review and highlighted the significant achievments of the last six years:
"The high standing IPPHA has earned with industry and government is a notable achievement, and one for which the IPPHA board can take much credit. Our alumni is a very impressive list of all major heritage sites, museums and organisations, both nationally and with global reach, including the Getty Conservation Institute and ICOMOS China. Our contribution to graduate teaching is greatly valued by many students keen to make a career in the heritage and museums sector. "
Sandy also commented that working with such a committed, knowlegeable and supportive IPPHA Board and fellow ANU staff had been a delight, a highlight of her working career. Sandy will be a visitng fellow at the ANU for 2015.