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.
ARC Indigenous Discovery
Keeping Culture: Utilising Koori Elders wisdom and knowledge in education
Triumphing in a New Indigenous Australia
An RCT of an education reengagement program for at-risk youth
Redefining museum experience as an immersive networked narrative
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.
My interdisciplinary research focusses on 'truth telling' through recording oral histories with Aboriginal people.
I am interested in the role art plays in the wellbeing of Aboriginal people and how this could be utilised to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.