Karen Kindt

Karen Kindt holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts Photography and Diploma Law & Collection Management, Institute of Art & Law, UK. In 2009, Kindt made a career change from photojournalism to working as an Assistant Strategic Collection Manager at Queensland Museum.  The project work involved assisting with the implementation of a series of comprehensive collections storage upgrades. She then obtained a permanent position as Collection Manager, Anthropology.  Kindt has a strong focus and research interest in artefacts held in the foreign ethnology and photographic collections. She is currently researching the history of registration methods and technologies applied to the Anthropology collections throughout the museum’s 155 year history. She is also working on a series of personal projects with the goal of re-establishing her profile as a stills photo-documentary photographer, with the aim of exhibiting and publishing nationally and internationally.


Major Touring Exhibitions

  • A is for Animals’– Australian War Memorial
  • Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb – British Museum
  • From Little Things Big Things Grow – National Museum Australia
  • Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures – Kabul Museum
  • Inside Children’s Homes and Institutions – National Museum Australia

Queensland Museum Exhibitions

  • Awakenings: Torres Strait Island – Queensland Museum, South Bank
  • Bouncing Back – Queensland Museum, South Bank
  • Mummy’ – Queensland Museum, South Bank
  • Voyage of a Million Questions – Queensland Museum, South Bank
  • Gwen Gilliam – Queensland Museum, South Bank
  • Collectomania – Queensland Museum, South Bank
  • World Science Festival Brisbane – Queensland Museum, South Bank


Major National & International Loans

  • Hinkler ‘Avro Baby’ Aircraft – Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg
  • Kenniff Cave Archaeology – Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Italy

Collection Rehousing Projects

  • Anthropology Collection storage upgrade
  • Social History Collection storage upgrade
  • Transport Gallery de-installation
  • Inquiry Centre de-installation


  • Paper: Put down the Headdress! Get out of MY collections! Museum & Galleries Australia National Conference 2017
  • Article: QM Foundation Antenna (Winter 2015)Cultural Environments Program on Target
  • Article: QM Foundation Antenna (Winter 2015)Reconnecting with History
  • Article: QM Foundation Antenna (Winter 2017) A Few of Our Favourite Things


Collection Manager, Anthropology


Bachelor Visual Arts Photography – Griffith University

Diploma Law & Collection Management – Institute Art & Law, UK


Member – Australasian Registrars Committee

Member – Wildcare Australia Inc

Member – Australian Desert Expeditions


Email: karen.kindt@qm.qld.gov.au