Alumni Interview Series: Erin McFadyen

Dr Mimi Kelly with alumna Erin McFadyen, Deputy Editor at Artist Profile

In our first Alumni interview for GLAM@Sydney we hear from Erin McFadyen, Deputy Editor at Artist Profile. Erin undertook a BA with a double major in English and Art History, graduating with Honours in 2018. Erin sat down with Dr Mimi Kelly to share some insights into her current role and the professional skills she developed during her studies that have proven particularly useful in her career. Erin also offers some useful advice to current and future students on the benefits of university study in the visual arts and art history, outlining helpful steps to consider when entering the GLAM sector.

Close looking and close reading have been the foundation stone skills [developed during my time at Sydney University] ... I think you can’t move forward without attending closely and critically to works and the context in which they are received ... It is a broad skill but also a specialised one required for the particular kind of work I do. An ethos ... that I have taken on from my time with the Department [of Art History] is the emphasis on a pluralistic approach to studying and telling art history, whatever context that is in ... I was really privileged to receive the expertise of [lecturers] coming at it from so many different historical and cultural perspectives ... [I try to hold] that emphasis on telling multiple histories and stories ... at the centre of what I do as an editor, and I have really taken that with me from my undergraduate degree to now. - Erin McFadyen

We envisage this as the first of many in our Interview Series and hope you forgive the slightly enthusiastic chatting from Mimi at the end of the interview – it's just because it's exciting to hear from our graduates!

Thank you to Erin for so generously sharing her time. Keep an eye out for more interviews from alumni, staff, students and members of our community.

Erin McFadyen is an editor, writer, and researcher based on Gadigal land in Sydney, having grown up on Awabakal and Worimi land in Newcastle. She is Deputy Editor at Artist Profile and The Suburban Review – roles she took up after her BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney and MPhil at Kings College, Cambridge. You can find her writing in various publications including The Monthly, Foam Magazine, Overland, Running Dog, and Mascara, and in a forthcoming volume on the photographer Mick Richards. She is co-editing a volume of selected essays on Khaled Sabsabi, forthcoming with Bandicoot Publishing.

Dr Mimi Kelly is a lecturer in the Art History Department, teaching within the undergraduate program and Master of Art Curating.

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