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Brenda L Croft


From the Gurindji/Mudpurra peoples from Kalkaringi/Daguragu communities in the Northern Territory, Brenda Croft is an artist, curator, writer and lecturer.

Brenda L Croft was born in Perth in 1964, and now lives in Adelaide. She has been involved in the arts and cultural industry for a quarter of a century in roles as various as artist, arts administrator, curator, writer, lecturer and consultant.

In 2009 Brenda commenced at the University of South Australia as Lecturer, Indigenous Art, Culture and Design with the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, and Art Architecture and Design School. From 2002 – early 2009 Brenda was Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, where she initiated and curated the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors in 2007, touring to the USA in 2009.

Other major international projects include co-curating the Australian pavilion for the 1997 Venice Biennale, and co-curating the Australian Indigenous Art Commission for the Musée du quai Branly in 2006, both with close colleague and friend, Hetti Perkins. In 1995 Brenda was awarded a Master of Art Administration from the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) and received an Alumni Award in 2001. In 2009 Brenda received an Honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts from the University of Sydney (Sydney College of the Arts).

She continues to curate exhibitions and projects, write on Indigenous cultural issues and exhibit her own artwork. A practicing artist since 1985, focusing on photo-media, and representation and identity, Brenda’s works are held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

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