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Kelli Cole


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.


Curriculum Vitae

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
                                    largest Indigenous

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 –