Researcher

Dr Fabri Blacklock

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Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

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...view more

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. 


My 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


My Qualifications

BA 1999

PhD 2014


My Awards

In 2010 I was awarded the College of Fine Arts (COFA) Professional Development Award in the NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Award. In 2008 I was awarded The Yarramundi Scholarship at UWS, and in 2002 I was awarded the Nugget Award for Excellence in Arts Management from the Australian Institute of Arts Management.


My Research Activities

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. 


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Through research, teaching and the supervisor of research students it is my aim to raise awareness and knowledge about Aboriginal research methodologies and practices. I supervise a diverse range of HDR students whose work incorporates art and design as well as qualitative research to explicate ways to improve the wellbeing of our communities. 


Currently supervising

Jo Mellor-Stuart MFA

Care and comfort in the era of solastalgia. Utilising a socially engaged art practice to craft collaborative eco feminist activism in the Darling River and Menindee Lakes System. 

jomellorart.com 

Jack Grant MPhil

All it takes: visually representing the nuances of homeless experiences 

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Location

F110

Contact

+61 02 89360655