National Reference Group
The inaugural meeting of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery - National Reference Group, was hosted in Alice Springs in November 2018.
Renowned art and cultural leaders Ms Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia and Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, former Director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) were confirmed at the first meeting as co-chairs for the National Reference Group.
Based on a two-year term, 13 members were appointed from across Australia to the National Reference Group who are providing advice and advocacy for the delivery of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.
The members of the Reference Group have a wealth of experience and expertise, with the Group made up of the following members:
Local (Alice Springs)
- Mr Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens - Apmereke artweye (Traditional owner) for Mparntwe
- Mr Phillip Watkins - CEO, Desart, the co-Chair of Initial Scoping Steering Committee
- Mr Robert Campbell - CEO, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation
- Mr Luke Scholes - Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Ms Elliat Rich – award winning local Alice Springs based designer.
- Ms Francesca Cubillo, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia
- Ms Margo Neale, Senior Indigenous Curator and Indigenous Advisor to the Director, National Museum of Australia
- Ms Rhoda Roberts AO - Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House
- Dr Gerard Vaughan AM - past Director, National Gallery of Australia
- Mr Frank Howarth - past National President of Museums Galleries Australia and former director of the Australian Museum
- Mr John Mawurndjul AM - Kuninjku bark painter and sculptor and a leading Aboriginal artist from Maningrida Arts and Culture Centre
- Mr Malcolm Jagmarra Maloney - Warlpiri Elder and Aboriginal artist from Central Australia
- Ms Freja Carmichael - Quandamooka woman, descendant of the Ngugi people belonging to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Moorgumpin (Moreton Island), currently visiting curator at the Institute of Modern Art, collaborating on The Commute: First Nations Sovereignties and Dialogues Across the Great Ocean