Heather L. Robinson

Research Associate & PhD Candidate, College of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University

Heather Robinson has extensive experience in the arts and cultural industry across Australia, specialising in cultural project management, strategic communications and developing communities of knowledge exhange. In 2015 she became a Board member of Adelaide Festival of Ideas Association Inc., and in 2016 was Executive Producer of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas (AFoI). Robinson previously delivered the 2013 AFoI as Associate Director.

Robinson is undertaking a PhD at Flinders University, as part of the Laboratory Adelaide Project, which explores the non-pecuniary impacts of cultural institutions within SA communities, in particular the State Library of South Australia. Her early career in Melbourne began in heritage collections management and events with the National Trust of Australia (VIC), membership and events with the National Gallery Society of Victoria and later as Program Coordinator for the Australian Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria.

After delivering the Anne Frank Australian Exhibition to six locations across Australia in 2000-2001, Robinson established herself in Perth as the Visual Arts Officer for the 2003 Perth International Arts Festival. She also worked for the Holmes a Court Gallery and in travelling exhibitions development at the Western Australian Museum. She was later contracted by Lotterywest, Museum Victoria and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in roles ranging from Marketing and Communications, Volunteer management and the design and development of an online portal of digital resources for teachers across the country.

Since 2010 Robinson has been an Honorary Research Associate for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and is pursuing silent film history for a biography of forgotten Hollywood actress, Claire Adams Mackinnon. Robinson has a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art and Film History as well as a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Melbourne.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University


  • 1993 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma, Museum Studies
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fine Art and Film Theory