Kelli Cole is a Warumunga and Luritja woman from central Australia, at present she has taken 12 months leave from her position as Assistant Curator in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Department at the National Gallery of Australia to work at the Canberra Glassworks as the awarded Australia Council Visual Arts, Curatorial Fellow. She is currently studying at the Australian National University doing her Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship.
Her exhibition Alive and Spirited is currently on display in the Focus Gallery at the National Gallery of Australia. Kelli’s recent publications include Artlink Indigenous: Blackground, The new Indigenous Galleries: four years on… Issue 34:2/ June 2014 and several National Gallery of Australia ArtonView and Artonline web Publications.
During her time at the Canberra Glassworks she will be curating two Exhibitions including Jenni Kemarre Martiniello’s Solo Exhibition, ReInventing the Weave and an ANZAC Centenary Exhibition with the Indigenous Textiles and Glass Artists (ITAG), Yorta Yorta artist DrTreahna Hamm and other International Indigenous collaborators working on the Protecting Country: 1300 and Counting…..Exhibition.
Kelli Lea Cole
People: Warumunga and Luritja
· 2012 Commenced a degree in Art History and Curatorship at the Australia National University
· 2001 – Certificates 2 & 3 - Museum Practice/Collection Management
Batchelor Institute Alice Springs
· 1994- Completed pre-law program at Northern Territory University – Granted unconditional entry to a
Bachelor of Laws.
Employment Arts/Gallery Employment
November 2014 to present:
Australia Council Visual Arts, Curatorial Fellowship at the Canberra Glassworks
Aug 07 to Present
Assistant Curator National Gallery of Australia
Summer 2006/2007 National Gallery of Australia – Voluntary work
2006 Lismore Regional Gallery voluntary casual employment assisting with installation of
2002 Batchelor Institute casual employment assisting to curate students end of term exhibition.
2001 Yeperenye Federation Festival – September 2001, employed as Visual Arts Coordinator
under the direction of Rachel Perkins and Nigel Jamieson. The Yeperenye Festival was the
Feb – Aug 2001 Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs, trainee curator.
1999 Self-employed manager of own business ‘the Art of the Desert’ an Aboriginal Art Gallery in
West End, Brisbane.
1998 Marlu Productions Rodney Gooch in association with artists from Utopia Community.
2001 Central Australian Women’s Legal Service
2001 Institute for Aboriginal Development -
Feb-Mar 2001 Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
2000– 1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service –