Associate Professor Fabri   Blacklock
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock

BA 1999

PhD 2014

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

I am a Nucoorilma/Ngarabal/Biripi woman, who also has English and Scottish ancestry. I am an academic, artists, historian and curator who is passionate about improving educational equity for Aboriginal people. I am a Scientia Fellow in the Art and Design Faculty at UNSW.

I was awarded my PhD in 2014 from the University of Western Sydney and in 1999 was awarded a BA Communication from the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in Aboriginal Studies and Film and Video. 

In 1999 I started my career in the arts as Assistant Curator of Koori History and Culture at the Powerhouse Museum curating eleven Aboriginal exhibitions and contributing Aboriginal perspectives and experiences to arts policy and procedures.

I have secured over $1 million in research funding for Aboriginal education and wellbeing projects. I am committed to embedding Aboriginal research methodologies, pedagogies and perspectives into mainstream education practices. 

I am a textile artist who is passionate about teaching environmental practices within the fashion industry and supporting and mentoring Aboriginal fashion designers to showcase wearable Aboriginal art. 

Location
F110

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2016
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F; Mooney J; Riley L, 2016, 'Dimensions of Aboriginal Community Development', in Kickett-Tucker C; Bessarab D; Coffin J; Wright M (ed.), Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development : Fostering Cultural Security, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 54 - 72, https://books.google.com.au/books?id=b_inDQAAQBAJ
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2015, 'Art: Connecting cultures', in Price K (ed.), Knowledge of Life Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 77 - 97
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2011, 'Aboriginal Skin Cloaks', in Maynard M (ed.), Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 7: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Berg Publishers, Sydney, pp. 35 - 36, https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/berg-encyclopedia-of-world-dress-and-fashion-vol-7-9781847883964/
    Books | 2004
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J; Miller S; Foley G; Skuthopre G, 2004, Our place: Indigenous Australia now (Exhibition Catalogue), Miller S, (ed.), Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney
    Books | 2002
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Miller S; Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J, 2002, Bayagul Contemporary Indigenous Communication, Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney
    Book Chapters |
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 'Snapshot: Aboriginal Skin Cloaks', in , Berg Publishers, http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/bewdf/edch7006
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Mooney J; Blacklock F; Riley L, 2018, 'Yarning up: stories of challenges and success', Australian Journal of Education, vol. 62, pp. 266 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004944118803403
    Journal articles | 2016
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Craven RG; Ryan RM; Mooney J; Vallerand RJ; Dillon A; Blacklock F; Magson N, 2016, 'Toward a positive psychology of indigenous thriving and reciprocal research partnership model', Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 47, pp. 32 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2016.04.003
    Journal articles | 2010
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2010, 'The diversity of Indigenous oral history', Oral History Association of Australia Journal, vol. 32, pp. 20 - 23
    Journal articles | 2003
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2003, 'Telling it our way: Koori history in New South Wales', Australian Cultural History, pp. 55 - 60
  • Conference Papers | 2019
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Mooney J; Craven R; Dillon A; Blacklock F; Magson N; Rhodes P; Kadir M; Rolls T, 2019, 'Drivers of Indigenous Professionals’ Socio-Economic Wellbeing', in Indigenous Australian Thriving Futures Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, presented at 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, 18 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Mooney J; Craven R; Dillon A; Blacklock F; Magson N; Franklin A, 2019, 'Identifying the psychosocial drivers of Indigenous professionals', in Indigenous Australian Thriving Futures Symposium, Brisbane, QLD, presented at AIATSIS National Research Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 01 July 2019 - 03 July 2019
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Mooney J; Craven R; Magson N; Franklin A; Dillon A; Blacklock F, 2018, 'The Role of Education for the Next Generation of Indigenous Professionals.', Sydney, presented at Australian Association for Research in Education, Sydney, 10 December 2018
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2015, 'Stories of Success: Young Mob Aboriginal Youth Leaders in Western Sydney', in 8th SELF Biennial International Conference, Driving Positive Psychology and Well-Being, Keil University, Germany, presented at Driving Positive Psychology and Well-Being, Keil University, Germany, 20 August 2015 - 24 August 2015
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Dillon A; Mooney J; Blacklock F; Craven R; Yeung AS, 2015, 'Cultivating Capability: Explicating What Works for Gifted Aboriginal Students', in American Educational Research Association 2015 Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, presented at American Educational Research Association 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, 16 April 2015 - 20 April 2015, http://www.aera.net/Publications/Online-Paper-Repository/AERA-Online-Paper-Repository/Owner/959097
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2014, 'Sharing knowledge and culture through oral history', in E Mau ana Ka Moolelo: Our Narratives Endure, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Hawaii, presented at World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Hawaii, 19 May 2014 - 24 May 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2011, 'Indigenous Methodology: A New Research Agenda through Self Determination', presented at The Sixth SELF Biennial International Conference, The Centrality of SELF Theory and Research for Enabling Human Potential., Laval University, Quebec City, Canada, 19 June 2011 - 22 June 2011
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2011
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2011, Bulbany, Bulbany, UNSW College of Fine Arts, -
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2010
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2010, Tingha Rocks, Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize, NSW Parliament House, 01 August 2010 - 31 August 2009, medium: Painting
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2010
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2010, Gupi Yungera (Possum Skin Cloak), Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize, 18 May 2010 - 19 June 2010, at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/31412121?q&versionId=48128742
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2010
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F; Edwards C, 2010, Blacklock and Edwards, Blacklock and Edwards, Penrith Regional Gallery and and the Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, NSW, 10 April 2010 - 27 June 2010, medium: Wool rugs, at: http://www.penrithregionalgallery.org/blacklock-and-edwards/
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2009, 'The History Wars: Acknowledging Indigenous Oral History', in Proceedings of the 5th SELF Research Conference, Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self Identity, Dubai, UAE, presented at Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self Identity, Dubai, UAE, 13 January 2009 - 15 January 2009
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2009, 'Indigenous Historical Perspectives: Ngarabal and Biripi experiences of Australian History', in Proceedings of the 5th International Biennial SELF Research Conference, University of Oxford, United Arab Emirates University, UAE., presented at Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self and Identity., United Arab Emirates University, UAE., 12 January 2009 - 15 January 2009
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2009
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2009, Mirraal: Sacred Country, Mirraal: Sacred Country, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, -
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2008, 'Beyond Fabrication of Australia’s History: A Documentation and Multi-Method Critical Analysis of Ngarabal and Biripi Elders.', in AARE Annual Conference, Perspectives and Experiences of Australian History, Brisbane, presented at Perspectives and Experiences of Australian History, Brisbane, 03 December 2008 - 06 December 2008, https://www.aare.edu.au/data/publications/2008/bla08741.pdf
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2008, Tidal Sands and Dingo Creek, Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize, NSW Parliament House, 01 October 2008 - 31 October 2008
    Curatorial Outputs | 2008
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2008, Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, 21 March 2008 - 14 June 2010, Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey, https://maas.museum/event/yinalung-yenu-womens-journey/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2008, Jaagi Juulum: sacred mountain, Jaagi Juulum: sacred mountain, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, -
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2008, Yildaan Dreaming Tracks, Yildaan Dreaming Tracks, Seeger Gallery, Leura., -
    Conference Presentations | 2007
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2007, 'Yarnin Up with Uncle Eric Glover: A Biripi Elders Experience.', presented at College of Arts conference, University of Western Sydney, 05 September 2007 - 05 September 2007
    Conference Presentations | 2006
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2006, 'Reconceptualising Indigenous Historians’ Contributions to Australian history', presented at SELF Research International Conference, University of Michigan, USA July 2006., 09 July 2006 - 12 July 2006
    Curatorial Outputs | 2006
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F; Cox P, 2006, On the box: Great moments in Australian television 1956-2006., exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , On the box: Great moments in Australian television 1956-2006.
    Curatorial Outputs | 2005
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2005, Inspired: design across time, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Inspired: design across time
    Curatorial Outputs | 2004
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J; Miller S; Foley G; Skuthopre G, 2004, Our place: Indigenous Australia now, exhibited at: Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Museum of China, Beijing, - , Our place: Indigenous Australia now, https://maas.museum/product/our-place-indigenous-australia-now/
    Curatorial Outputs | 2003
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J, 2003, Balarinji: ancient culture, contemporary design, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. DDG Gallery, Osaka, Japan. GGG Gallery, Tokyo, Japan., - , Balarinji: ancient culture, contemporary design
    Curatorial Outputs | 2002
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2002, Bush Tucker Connections, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Bush Tucker Connections
    Curatorial Outputs | 2001
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J, 2001, Black Theatre, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Black Theatre
    Curatorial Outputs | 2001
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Sear M; Blacklock F, 2001, Births of a Nation: women childbirth and federation, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Births of a Nation: women childbirth and federation, https://maas.museum/event/births-of-a-nation-women-childbirth-and-federation/
    Curatorial Outputs | 2000
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Blacklock F, 2000, Mum Shirl Tribute Exhibition, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Mum Shirl Tribute Exhibition
    Curatorial Outputs | 1999
    Associate Professor Fabri Blacklock
    Miller S; Wilson-Miller J, 1999, Bayagul: contemporary Indigenous communication, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Bayagul: contemporary Indigenous communication

Awards

2019 Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, End-User Impact.


2010 awarded the College of Fine Arts (COFA) Professional Development Award in the NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Award.

2008 awarded The Yarramundi Scholarship at UWS.

2002 awarded the Nugget Award for Excellence in Arts Management from the Australian Institute of Arts Management.

Grants

ARC Indigenous Discovery 

Keeping Culture: Utilising Koori Elders wisdom and knowledge in education 

Triumphing in a New Indigenous Australia 

ARC Linkage 

An RCT of an education reengagement program for at-risk youth 

Redefining museum experience as an immersive networked narrative

Media