Hetti  Perkins,

agent, curator
Hetti Perkins is a member of the Eastern Arrernte and Kalkadoon Aboriginal communities. Until recently, Perkins was the senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, and has worked with Indigenous visual art for over twenty years. Major exhibitions presented at the gallery include “Half light: Portraits from Black Australia” (2008); “Crossing Country: The Alchemy of Western Arnhem Land Art” (2004); and “Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius” for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival. She cocurated the Australian Indigenous Art Commission for the new  Musée du Quai Branly in Paris (2006), in partnership with the Australia Council. In 1997, she cocurated (with Brenda L. Croft) the exhibition “fluent,” to represent  Australia at the 47th Venice Biennale.

Perkins was an advisor to the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, a member of the International Selection Committee for the 2000 Biennale of Sydney, and on the Selection Panel for Australia’s representation at the 2003 Venice Biennale. In 2010, Perkins wrote and presented the national three part documentary series, art + soul,for ABC television.

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