Meet MoB: Claudia Husband
Go behind the scenes to meet the passionate and diverse people who help bring our city’s stories to life at Museum of Brisbane. In this final edition of Meet MoB for 2019, we introduce you to Visitor Experience Team Member, Claudia Husband. Claudia can be found up in the Museum space as one of the friendly faces giving tours or providing information about everything happening at the Museum. When she is not at the Museum, Claudia can be found creating beautiful works in her printmaking studio.
What does the day in the life of a Visitor Experience Team Member look like?
The short answer is ‘very varied and eclectic’. VETs are the face of the Museum and are the first point-of-call for everyone who comes through the door. Our days are divided into 15-minute increments, which means we can be doing any number of things in the space of an hour. This can include greeting patrons at the front desk, cloaking bags, running a tour of City Hall or the Clock Tower, running public or private tours of the Museum, and roaming the gallery spaces to ensure the safety of patrons and artworks. We provide a wealth of information to our visitors about our Museum and heritage building, but also act as advocates of Brisbane City, being ready for any Brisbane-related question that comes our way. We are all floor wardens and first aid officers too, so we must be prepared for anything! VETs spend a lot of time on our feet, so I can easily rack up 12,000 + steps in a day just at the Museum. It can be tough work, but very rewarding every day.
Can you tell us a bit about your personal background? What led you to your current role at MoB?
I studied Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art and have since worked in the arts as an artist, educator and administrator. Prior to working at MoB, I worked for galleries in administration, collections and Front of House, before taking on a role as the QCA Galleries Manager, while also running a professional printmaking studio. My core interests lie in creating and educating, so being a tour guide in an art museum and running my own studio is a great way for me to do both!
Everyone has a secret talent! What is a fun fact or talent we wouldn’t necessarily know about you?
Most of my colleagues know me for my printmaking practice, but l also have an addition to textiles! I sew and knit my own clothes and I have worked as a freelance textile designer for a few years. My designs were featured at three Mercedes Benz Fashion Fairs while I was collaborating with local designer, Julie Tengdahl. It’s almost impossible for me to sit still and do nothing, so I’ll literally have a go at anything (I can also play the ukulele, although calling it a ‘talent’ is very far-fetched).
2019 has seen a range of exciting exhibitions for MoB, what’s been a favourite for you this year?
I don’t like picking favourites, but New Woman has been a winner. It has brought so many people to the Museum, and it has been awesome to see the public engage with the works on display. Brisbane has produced an incredible calibre of talent, and this exhibition makes me proud to be a woman artist in Brisbane. I also love coming to work and seeing ‘About Country’ in Perspectives of Brisbane. It’s such a thoughtful and well-curated insight into Brisbane’s rich indigenous history from Shannon Ruska, Teila Watson and Uncle Robert Anderson, and I think everyone in Brisbane should take the opportunity to watch it and learn from them.
What are you most excited for the Museum in 2020?
The 2020 program at MoB is going to be very exciting – I’m particularly looking forward to The Storytellers exhibition.
– Claudia Husband, Visitor Experience Team Member