Mr Stephen Gilchrist

BA (UWA), MA (NYU)
Associate Lecturer, Art History

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone + 61 2 9351 2204
Fax + 61 2 9351 7323

Biographical details

Belonging to the Yamatji people of the Inggarda language group of northwest Western Australia, Stephen Gilchrist is Associate Lecturer of Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney. He is a writer and curator who has 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 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Sydney. He is working on an exhibition titled Everywhen that will open at Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University in February 2016.

Research interests

  • Indigenous Art and Indigenous photography
  • Contemporary art
  • Political ecology, environmentalism and planetarity
  • Theory and practice of Indigenous museology
  • National identities and formations of alternative citizenship

Teaching and supervision

Teaching:

  • ARHT2636: Contemporary Aboriginal Art
  • ARHT3636 : Issues in Indigenous Art

Supervision:

Stephen Gilchrist supervises Honours or Masters students in the field of Indigenous art and material culture and the politics of curation.

Awards and honours

  • Recipient of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship, 2010 - 2011
  • Recipient of a Dame Joan Sutherland Cultural Fund Award, 2010
  • Recipient of a “Realise Your Dream” British Council Travel Grant to research historic Indigenous material from the south-east of Australia, in the collection of the British Museum, June - August 2008
  • Selected to attend the Venice Biennale as part of the Australia Council’s Emerging Curators Initiative June 2005
  • Recipient of the Youth Council of Australia Scholarship, 2000, for excellence in studies

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Gilchrist, S. (2010). From Tiwi with Love: Bindi Cole. Artlink, 30(1), 76-78.
  • Gilchrist, S., Holland, A. (2009). Shared Sky. Imprint, 44(2), 16-17.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2009). Shifting Identities. Art and Australia, 46(4), 616-625.
  • Clegg, H., Gilchrist, S. (2008). Depictions of Aboriginal people in Colonial Australian Art: Settler and Unsettling Narratives in the Works of Robert Dowling. Art Bulletin of Victoria, 48, 34-45.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2006). Gertrude Forum: The only thing you taught me was the only thing you know. Eyeline, 61, 21.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2005). Politics, Territories, Control. Photofile, 76, 32-37.

Textual Creative Works

  • Gilchrist, S. (2015). Revealed: Emerging Aboriginal Artists from Western Australia, (pp. 8 - 9). Perth, WA, Australia: Central Institute of Technology.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2015). Steaphan Paton. Primavera 2015 - Young Australian Artists, (pp. 88 - 89). The Rocks, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2014). Indigenising Curatorial Practice. The World is not a Foreign Land, (pp. 55 - 59). Melbourne, Australia: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2014). Jananggoo Butcher Cherel "Am I a Good Painter or Not?". No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, (pp. 44 - 59). New York, United States of America: Prestel Publishing.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2012). Daguerreotypes, Stereotypes, Prototypes: Reframing Indigeneity. Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, (pp. 56 - 63). Hanover, United States of America: Hood Museum of Art.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2012). Maamungun: Compatriots. New Delhi, India: Lalit Kala Akademi.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2011). Reko Rennie: Patternation. United States of America: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2011). Waterline. Judy Watson: Waterline, (pp. 4 - 7). Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing Export Agency (QIAMEA), Arts Queensland.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2006). Voices in Land: Art of the Kimberley. Land Marks, (pp. 119 - 123). Melbourne, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Gilchrist, S. (2016). Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia. Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, United States of America: Harvard Art Museums. [More Information]
  • Gilchrist, S. (2011). Reko Rennie: Patternation. Charlottesville, United States of America: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art collection, University of Virginia. [More Information]
  • Gilchrist, S. (2009). Octopus 9: I Forget to Forget. Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy, Australia. [More Information]
  • Gilchrist, S., Holland, A. (2009). Shared Sky. Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria. [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Finch, M., Gilchrist, S., Holland, A. (2009). Portrayals of our Universe. Australian Sky & Telescope.

2016

  • Gilchrist, S. (2016). Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia. Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, United States of America: Harvard Art Museums. [More Information]

2015

  • Gilchrist, S. (2015). Revealed: Emerging Aboriginal Artists from Western Australia, (pp. 8 - 9). Perth, WA, Australia: Central Institute of Technology.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2015). Steaphan Paton. Primavera 2015 - Young Australian Artists, (pp. 88 - 89). The Rocks, Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art.

2014

  • Gilchrist, S. (2014). Indigenising Curatorial Practice. The World is not a Foreign Land, (pp. 55 - 59). Melbourne, Australia: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2014). Jananggoo Butcher Cherel "Am I a Good Painter or Not?". No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, (pp. 44 - 59). New York, United States of America: Prestel Publishing.

2012

  • Gilchrist, S. (2012). Daguerreotypes, Stereotypes, Prototypes: Reframing Indigeneity. Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, (pp. 56 - 63). Hanover, United States of America: Hood Museum of Art.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2012). Maamungun: Compatriots. New Delhi, India: Lalit Kala Akademi.

2011

  • Gilchrist, S. (2011). Reko Rennie: Patternation. United States of America: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2011). Reko Rennie: Patternation. Charlottesville, United States of America: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art collection, University of Virginia. [More Information]
  • Gilchrist, S. (2011). Waterline. Judy Watson: Waterline, (pp. 4 - 7). Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing Export Agency (QIAMEA), Arts Queensland.

2010

  • Gilchrist, S. (2010). From Tiwi with Love: Bindi Cole. Artlink, 30(1), 76-78.

2009

  • Gilchrist, S. (2009). Octopus 9: I Forget to Forget. Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy, Australia. [More Information]
  • Finch, M., Gilchrist, S., Holland, A. (2009). Portrayals of our Universe. Australian Sky & Telescope.
  • Gilchrist, S., Holland, A. (2009). Shared Sky. Imprint, 44(2), 16-17.
  • Gilchrist, S., Holland, A. (2009). Shared Sky. Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria. [More Information]
  • Gilchrist, S. (2009). Shifting Identities. Art and Australia, 46(4), 616-625.

2008

  • Clegg, H., Gilchrist, S. (2008). Depictions of Aboriginal people in Colonial Australian Art: Settler and Unsettling Narratives in the Works of Robert Dowling. Art Bulletin of Victoria, 48, 34-45.

2006

  • Gilchrist, S. (2006). Gertrude Forum: The only thing you taught me was the only thing you know. Eyeline, 61, 21.
  • Gilchrist, S. (2006). Voices in Land: Art of the Kimberley. Land Marks, (pp. 119 - 123). Melbourne, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria.

2005

  • Gilchrist, S. (2005). Politics, Territories, Control. Photofile, 76, 32-37.

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