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Fiona Foley Fiona Foley i(8840600 works by)
Born: Established: 1964 Maryborough, Maryborough (Qld) area, Maryborough - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island area, Maryborough - Rockhampton area, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Butchulla/Batjala/Badtjala
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Fiona Foley creates work across media that deal with history, identity, sovereignty and personal signification. In all her work, she insists the viewer re-examine historical stereotypes.

Her national contribution to the arts was recognised when she was awarded the Australia Council artist of the year for 2013.

Throughout her career, Foley has engaged issues of indigenous identity on a regional, national and international level, creating a dialogue with artists and communities here and around the world. In 2013 Foley delivered the keynote address for the Origins Festival of First Nations in London.

In 2009-10, the University of Queensland Art Museum and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art co-curated a major survey exhibition of Fiona Foley’s work, titled Forbidden.

In 2011 she was appointed an Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland and her essay, ‘When the Circus Came to Town’ was published in the November issue of Art Monthly.

Recent group shows include the Australia exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and unDisclosed – 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial.

Recent solo shows include a retrospective at Andrew Baker Gallery as well as a show at CAST in Tasmania and Niagara Galleries. Another show of works from her career was exhibited at Redcliffe City Gallery titled Courage.

She has many major public sculpture works including Lie of the Land, Melbourne (1997); Bible and Bullets, at Redfern Park, Sydney (2008); Black Opium, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane (2009) and Blue Water Art Trail, Mackay (2009).

A founding member of the Boomalli artist co-op formed in 1987, Foley has been involved in numerous group projects over the course of her career and has a deep commitment to mentoring the next generation of contemporary Indigenous artists and arts professionals.

Source: Courting Blakness website, hosted by AustLit.



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  • In 2018, Fiona Foley won the 2018 Windmill Trust scholarship for regional NSW artists. 

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