Jilda Andrews

    12 March 2020

    Jilda is a Yuwaalaraay cultural practitioner, researcher and museum professional from north western New South Wales (NSW), based in Canberra. Her work is focused on cultural material held in museum collections – particularly historical material considered ‘ethnographic’ or collected for anthropological enquiry.

    In her recently completed PhD titled Encountering cultural material in museum collections: An Indigenous perspective, Jilda explores the  concept of Custodianship in an era of increasing collaboration, co-creation and curation by Indigenous cultural practitioners. Her leadership in this sector has been recognised in her appointment by the British Council and Australia Council for the Arts’ Accelerate Program, her appointment to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Network as well as the Minister’s Creative Council in the ACT Government.

    Jilda is a member of the groups ‘Freshwater’ and ‘Biliirr’, where along with her sisters she celebrates her cultural heritage, language and experiences through song. Freshwater also represented Australia at the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa. This work draws from both her Indigenous heritage as well as her Australian heritage which has their roots in Co. Clare, Ireland. She has performed across Australia as well as Lebanon, Kuwait, Dubai and across East Africa.

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    Emily McDaniel

    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.

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    Hannah Donnelly 

    Hannah is an award-winning Aboriginal writer and producer interested in Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. Winner of the National Indigenous Story Award in 2018, her recent publications include essays and poetry in Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism by the Office of Contemporary Art Norway.

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    Learn more about the Custodianship Program. 

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