Museum of Brisbane

Meet MoB: Stephanie Bonel


Meet MoB introduces you to many of the passionate people who bring Museum of Brisbane to life. From retail coordinators and installers to arts marketers and curators, meet the locals who help keep the Museum ticking⁠. This week, we spotlight Stephanie Lee Bonel from the MoB Shop.  


What does a day in the life of a Retail Coordinator look like?

Every day is different in the MoB Shop, as we have more than a thousand visitors coming through the Museum doors seven days a week! A day in our shop can take me anywhere:  from taking care of in-store customers and online orders, to keeping our shelves beautifully stocked with local artists. Behind the scenes, I look after our consignment and supplier relationships, internal reporting, and team communication. 


Can you tell us a bit about your personal background, and what led you to your current role at MoB Shop? 

I am from Cairns originally and moved to Brisbane when I was 19. After studying marketing, I worked for Queensland Music Festival, which then lead me to become a tour guide here at the Museum. I was previously working in sales and retail management, so  after six months of being at the Museum, I side-stepped into this MoB Shop role.


Everyone has a secret talent! What’s yours? 

Not many people know this about me, but as a young adolescent I competed in golf tournaments throughout Queensland! I also worked as a seamstress and beader at a wedding boutique during my teens. 


What is your favourite artwork or item currently available at MoB Shop? 

It’s very hard to pin-point a single favourite product with the range of amazing artists we have access to in the shop, so I’ll give you my top three:

  • Dunkle Authentic lipstick in the shade Montserrat 
  • Debra Hood Confetti #5 art print
  • Rock & Gold Belle Epoque diamond ring


What MoB exhibition are you most looking forward to?

I’m very much looking forward to our upcoming exhibition, New Woman. The exhibition celebrates the contributions and successes of women in Brisbane, as told through the work of Brisbane artists over the last 100 years. We have been working on a collection of gift cards to coincide with the exhibition, which I can’t wait to see in print – I already have my eye on a few of the designs to frame them!


– Stephanie Bonel, Retail Coordinator