In 2022, the Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica was delighted to host high school student Abi Greenblat for a week of work experience. Talented and driven, Abi worked across all departments of our Museum, including supporting the Brand & Partnerships team during the filming of an episode of Postcards for Channel 9 airing Sunday 11 December at 5.30pm.
This essay was written by Abi as part of her work experience for the Museum and was originally featured in Spiel 47 (our fortnightly newsletter).
My favourite image from HELMUT NEWTON: In Focus is, funnily enough, not one by Newton. Although, I love his work, my favourite is one found in the middle of the first pillar, an image of a woman with her arms out, the double exposure causing the effect of a metamorphosis, or a Da Vinci-like diagram of the human form. This image was taken by one of Helmut’s biggest inspirations, Yva. I’m drawn to thinking of this image by Yva because this theme of inspiration is something I’ve found central to my experience as a Year 10 work experience student at the Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica.
I came here because I wanted to experience the museums and galleries sector. What I found at the Jewish Museum is inspiration all around me. The beautiful collections on display inspire me to think deeper about my culture, heritage, family history and traditions. I’m inspired by the way the curatorial team has intricately put together HELMUT NEWTON: In Focus. I’m inspired by the way Director & CEO Jessica Bram leads her team. I’m inspired by the care and passion Dr. Elizabeth Offer has for preserving all the items in the collection. I’m inspired by the beaming excitement the volunteers have to teach others about Jewish life and culture. I’m inspired by the kindness expressed by every single staff member here at the Museum. The colours, sounds, people and history within these walls have all inspired me.
That’s why I think that one of the most amazing things about the Jewish Museum is inspiration. Whether it’s found in the exhibition, such as the mentor relationship between Yva and Helmut, or right here on Alma Road where the Museum continues to educate about Jewish culture and inspire creativity within everyone no matter who they are.
Jewish Museum Work Experience Student