Karen Kindt

Karen Kindt holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts Photography and Diploma Law & Collection Management, Institute of Art & Law, UK. In 2009, she made a career change from photojournalism to working as an Assistant Strategic Collection Manager at Queensland Museum.  The project work involved assisting with the implementation of a series of comprehensive collections storage upgrades. She then obtained a permanent position as Collection Manager, Anthropology.  She has a strong focus and research interest in artefacts held in the museum’s Photography and World Cultures collections.

Her current research projects include mapping the history of registration methods and technologies applied to the Anthropology collections throughout the museum’s 158 year history; a Maasai Cultural Heritage Project in partnership with the Tanzania/Australian Community and a Tibetan Cultural Heritage Project in partnership with University of Queensland.

Karen is also working on a series of personal photographic projects with the goal of re-establishing her profile as a stills photo-documentary photographer, with the aim of exhibiting and publishing. 

Curated Exhibitions Displays 

  • Iridescent: The World of Mother-of-Pearlshell 2019
  • New Materialisms (anticipating Girrugarr)I-V by artist Danie Mellor 2019
  • James Cook: The transit of Venus 2019
  • 1960s Lounge room: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing 2019
  • World Science Festival: Collection Favourites 2018
  • World Science Festival: Collection Curiosities 2017
  • World Science Festival: Numbers & Labels 2017
  • Take a Seat: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Burma Thailand Railway 2013
  • Button Up: Where would the world be without the humble button? 2013
  • Marion (Ellis) Rowan (1848-1922) 2013
  • Sending A Message: Traditional message sticks 2012
  • The Voyage of a Million Questions: SS Oronsay 2012

Research Projects

  • Maasai Community - Kiserian Arusha Tanzania/Australia 2018- 2019
  • Australian Desert Expedition - 138 Corner Country Survey 2017

Collection Management Projects 

    National International Touring Exhibitions

    • Other Worlds: Visions of our Solar System - Michael Benson, America 2017
    • Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia - National Museum Australia 2014
    • Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion - Victoria Albert Museum 2014
    • Inside Children’s Homes and Institutions - National Museum Australia 2014
    • Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures - Kabul Museum 2013
    • From Little Things Big Things Grow - National Museum Australia 2013
    • A is for Animals’ - Australian War Memorial 2012
    • Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb - British Museum 2012

    Queensland Museum Exhibitions 

    • Discovery Centre - Anthropology exhibits 2019
    • Revealed - Queensland Museum, South Bank 2014
    • Collectomania - Queensland Museum, South Bank 2013
    • Bouncing Back - Queensland Museum, South Bank 2012
    • Mummy’s - Queensland Museum, South Bank 2012
    • Gwen Gilliam: Dressed by the Best - Queensland Museum, South Bank 2012
    • Awakenings: Torres Strait Island - Queensland Museum, South Bank 2011 


    • Paper: Between the Glass: Traversing the world in search of Piltdown Man - Australian National University & National Film & Sound Archive, Glass Lantern Slide Conference 2018
    • Paper: Put down the Headdress! Get out of MY collections! - Museum Galleries Australia National Conference 2017
    • Article: QM Foundation Antenna (Winter 2017) A Few of Our Favourite Things
    • Article: QM Foundation Antenna (Winter 2015) Cultural Environments Program on Target
    • Article: QM Foundation Antenna (Winter 2015) Reconnecting with History


    Collection Manager, Anthropology


    Bachelor Visual Arts Photography – Griffith University

    Diploma Law & Collection Management – Institute Art & Law, UK

    Certified Quarantine Approved Premises for Approved Persons (classes 2-8)


    Member – Australasian Registrars Committee

    Member – Wildcare Australia Inc

    Member – Australian Desert Expeditions


    Email: karen.kindt@qm.qld.gov.au