The Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, an integral institution in the preservation of Greek history and culture in the center of Australia’s Greek diaspora community, announced that Sarah Craig has been appointed Head of Curation and CEO at the museum.
The Hellenic Museum began highlighting the best of Greek culture and art, from antiquity to the current day, in 2007. In its 13 years of operation, the museum has put on fascinating exhibitions about Greece and Greek Culture.
New curator at Hellenic Museum
Craig started at the Hellenic Museum in 2014. A year after her start at the institution, she was named Curator. Her passion for art, as well as her boundless creativity, impressed museum staff as well as community leaders.
As Curator, Craig has been instrumental in forming the Hellenic Museum’s partnership with the Benaki Museum in Athens, and has commissioned many new, exciting works for the museum.
Craig will lead craft and implement a new vision for the museum inspired by the societal changes brought about by Covid-19. The plan will help the museum evolve upon reopening and in the future.
Greeks in Australia keep traditions strong
Numbering over 600,000, according to recent estimates, Greek-Australians are the seventh-largest ethnic group in Australia, adding their culture, traditions, and language to the fabric of the country.
Melbourne, located in the state of Victoria, is currently the most concentrated center of the Greek diaspora, as it is the city home to the largest Greek population outside of Greece.
With as many as 400,000 Greek-Australians residing in the city, although some conservative estimates measure the community to just over 170,000, Melbourne is also home to the most Greek-Australians in the entire country.
Greek immigration to Melbourne has a long history, spanning back to the 1850s, when the region experienced a gold rush, inspiring a massive wave of immigrants from Greece.
Since then, Greeks in Melbourne have retained their connection to their culture and language. The city is home to the most Greek speakers outside of Greece, and its one of the most frequently heard languages on the streets Melbourne.