Emily McDaniel

    12 March 2020

    Emily is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri Nation in central New South Wales (NSW). She consults on curatorship, engagement and interpretation in the public domain, the museums and galleries sector and media. Her practice centres on truth-telling, storytelling and resurfacing site-specific histories through the work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

    In 2018 she was commissioned by the City of Sydney to curate a Harbour Walk, as part of the Eora Journey Public Art Strategy.

    In January 2018, she launched the world premiere of Four Thousand Fish, a site-specific, large-scale art project for Sydney Festival.

    In 2017 she was selected to represent NSW in the Venice Biennale Professional Development Program as Aboriginal Emerging Curator. Her recent exhibitions include Void at UTS Gallery, supported by Museums and Galleries NSW, Measured Response at NAS Gallery, Walan Yinaagirbang | Strong Women at Firstdraft Gallery and Dhuwi at Australian Design Centre.

    In 2015 she curated the first public art commission for Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct, the project was the result of a collaboration between artists Esme Timbery and Jonathan Jones. Formerly, she was the Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of NSW and Aboriginal Emerging Curator for the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Emily has held numerous Public Programming and Learning positions at the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art, with particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.


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