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The Aboriginal Art Centre Hub Western Australia supports the development and growth of WA's Aboriginal visual arts sector. We observe, comment on and shape what's happening in the industry both in WA and on a National scale. Aboriginal art centres in WA can be... more.
Artistic and Cultural Director
Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program and Manager of the Repatriation Unit
Curator of Aboriginal Anthropology
Don Dunstan Foundation
Member of Board of Management
The South Australian Youth Arts Board
National Association for the Visual Arts
Bachelor of Arts
University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours
Australian National University
Australian National University
Board - Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage & the Arts - ANU
Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art, National Gallery of Australia;
Franchesca Cubillo Franchesca is Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia. Francesca is a Larrakia, Bardi, Wardaman and Yanuwa woman from the 'Top End' region of the Northern Territory with over twenty years experience working in both state and national cultural institutions. She has worked at the Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory where she developed the collection, facilitated several Indigenous exhibitions and oversaw the delivery of the last four prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Islander art awards. She was previously Artistic & Cultural Director at Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute for two years, Director of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Program and Manager of the Repatriation Unit at the National Museum of Australia for two years. Franchesca was Curator of Aboriginal Anthropology at the South Australia Museum for eight years and was the Indigenous Curator who assisted in the re-development of the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, 2000. Some of the exhibitions that Franchesca has participated in include the re-development of the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery within the South Australian Museum, Adelaide in 2000, Petroglyphs and Colliding Worlds at Tandanya between 2003 and 2006.
Meet The DAAFF Board and Staff | Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair | 11-13 Aug 2017
DAAFF Chair Franchesca Cubillo is a Larrakia, Bardi, Wardaman and Yanuwa woman from the 'Top End' of the Northern Territory. Until recently, she was senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia (2009-12), where she led the curatorial team in developing eleven purpose-built Indigenous Australian art galleries, the largest display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. She has over twenty years' experience working in state and national cultural institutions. Franchesca worked on the major exhibitions Petroglyphs (2003) and Colliding worlds: first contact in the western desert, 1932-1984 (2006) and was co-editor of the book for the National Gallery of Australia's second National Indigenous Art Triennial, unDisclosed, which is currently touring Australia. In 2006, she undertook a Churchill Fellowship to investigate international responses to the repatriation of the ancestral remains of indigenous nations worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Affairs and Honours in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide and is currently undertaking a PhD at the Australian National University. Franchesca was senior curator of Aboriginal Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory (2006-09), where she developed the collection, curated several Indigenous art exhibitions and delivery the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Islander Art Award. Previously, she held positions at Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and the National Museum of Australia. Franchesca was curator of Aboriginal Anthropology at the South Australia Museum for eight years, where she assisted in the redevelopment of the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery in 2000. She has worked with many Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory as well as in communities in the western and eastern Kimberley region, the lower Murray River region of South Australia and parts of north Queensland. Franchesca has presented many lectures and represented Indigenous culture at national and international forums, particularly in United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan.
Curatorial Workshop â€“ Ananguku Arts
Franchesca Cubillo is Senior Advisor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia.
Franchesca discussed her role within the National Gallery and how the importance of an Indigenous perspective when presenting not only the Indigenous collection at the NGA but across all curatorial aspects. Franchesca Cubillo discussed the major 'blockbuster' exhibitions she has curated and used the recent 'Australia Exhibition' in London. Franchesca took participants through a history of the presentation and curatorial practices of presenting Indigenous Art from its beginnings as purely anthropological. Franchesca discussed the Wesfarmers program.
New Chapter Begins for Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair | 5-7 Aug 2016
Franchesca Cubillo, Chair of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation
The future of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair has been assured with the formation of a new executive charged with leading the ongoing growth and success of the annual Indigenous arts event. The new Darwin Aboriginal Arts Fair Foundation will be chaired by Franchesca Cubillo, a Larrakia women who is the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia. Ms Cubillo is joined on the new board by representatives of key peak bodies from the Indigenous visual arts sector, community Art Centre representatives and high profile Indigenous leaders. Ms Cubillo said: The Foundation and I are grateful for all the work that has been done to date to bring the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair to this significant point in its history, and we are excited and determined to generate additional support and increase the national profile of this unique cultural event.
Franchesca Cubillo is curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.