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Alison McKay

Alison McKay

Community Programs Coordinator
Ipswich Art Gallery

Alison McKay is an emerging artist, arts worker, and trained secondary school educator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (QCA, Griffith University) and a Masters in Secondary Teaching (QUT).

Alison is currently responsible for the development and delivery of local artist exhibitions and community programs at Ipswich Art Gallery. This includes active engagement with the local arts community, management of the Community Gallery, and delivery of inclusive community-building initiatives that cater to diverse audiences.

Alison is passionate about developing and delivering programs and education resources that feature local artists to highlight the role art plays within the broader community.


Alison McKay will be speaking at the Creative Museums Summit 2024:

Junior Curators – Harnessing fresh perspectives

The Ipswich Art Gallery is an Australian first. It hosts the country’s first permanent, interactive children’s gallery space designed for under-12s, with specific programs aimed at the early childhood, lower primary, and upper primary age ranges. The Junior Curators program was conceived as a 6-month behind-the-scenes exhibition development opportunity for 8–14-year-olds overseen by Ipswich Art Gallery staff and external Australian museum professionals. Young people were tasked with planning, designing, and curating an exhibition drawn entirely from the Ipswich Art Gallery Collection. Discover how young people’s creativity can inspire new approaches to art and encourage innovative thinking within the gallery.

Alison McKay