Stephen Gilchrist

Dr, BA (UWA), MA (NYU), PhD (University of Sydney)

  • The University of Western Australia (M303), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Belonging to the Yamatji people of the Inggarda language group of northwest Western Australia, Dr Stephen Gilchrist is Senior Lecturer in the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. He is a writer and curator who has worked with the Indigenous Australian collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2003-2005), the British Museum, London (2008), the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2005-2010), and the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (2011-2013). Stephen has curated numerous exhibitions in Australia and the United States and has written extensively on Indigenous Art from Australia. He has taught Indigenous Art in Australia and in the United States. From 2012-2016 he was the Australian Studies Visiting Curator at the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University. He was Deputy Director of the Power Institute and Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He works with major Australian and international institutions and contributes to the international dialogues surrounding the scholarship and interpretation of Indigenous art and culture with a focus on Indigenous curation as an expression of sovereignty.

Education/Academic qualification

Art History, PhD, University of Sydney


Award Date: 20 May 2020

MA, New York University


Award Date: 9 May 2011

Bachelor of Arts with Honours, The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 30 Nov 2001

External positions

Member and Chair of Indigenous Advisory Group, Art Gallery of New South Wales



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