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Purnima Ruanglertbutr (NCV Resident 2009)

Living at NCV meant that University life involved much more than study – and instead, extended to contributing to and being part of a community.

Purnima Ruanglertbutr (NCV Resident 2009)

 

I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, where I lived for eighteen years. I moved to Melbourne in 2005, where I completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Melbourne.

In 2009, I pursued a Master of Art Administration at UNSW and I decided to stay in NCV. This was by far the best decision I could have made for my accommodation. Being on-campus in a friendly community really aided my transition to living in a new city – it was a home away from home. My strongest memories are of the cultural activities and social events organised by the College. Some of these included: The Harbour Cruise, BBQs, Music performance nights, formal dinners, cultural events, among many more.

Being able to come back to friends after a long day of classes, studying and revising in groups – supported by access to NCV’s study facilities, being cared for by a Senior Resident, being encouraged to contribute to the social and cultural life of the college, being able to talk to friends and College staff at any time, and making connections with people from around the world, are just some of the features that made living at the NCV so special. Living at NCV meant that University life involved much more than study – and instead, extended to contributing to and being part of a community.

I have kept in touch with many of the close friends I made during my time in NCV. A great thing about having friends who live all over the world is the ability to meet them when you travel!

After leaving NCV, I moved back to Melbourne, where I worked at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education as a Research Assistant and Sessional Lecturer in Arts Education. I also became Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Artistic and Creative Education. I have been actively involved in the art and education arena as an independent curator, writer, educator, artist, arts manager and researcher. I am representing many emerging and established artists, writers, educators and arts practitioners through my projects and have managed arts events in Australia and internationally.

I was the manager of the 2013 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference. I have also held educator positions at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. More so, I have been publishing my research and arts related writing in journals and magazines, including in Australian Art Education, Canadian Review of Art Education, Art Education Victoria, The Melbourne Review, andIndian Link. I am currently involved in editing a book, Inspiration Wild, for the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia (forthcoming, September 2014).        

Most recently, I was nominated for the Staff Engagement Excellence Awards at Melbourne University, and was also awarded an art prize valued at $7,000 from the Art Melbourne Affordable Art Fair 2012. I had an interview with ABC National Radio in October 2013, about my latest curated exhibition for the Festival of Ideas (Melbourne), The Artful World of Animals, which comprised of artworks by veterinarians.  My Teacher as Art Maker research project that focuses on supporting newly graduated art teachers’ artmaking activities was reviewed in The Age national newspaper. I am currently Editor of a Special Edition on ‘Museums and Gallery Education’ to be published in the Journal of Artistic and Creative Education in 2014.

 

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