Being present

Indigenous Contemporary Art and Cultural Practices in the Museum

Kimberley Moulton

Senior Curator of South Eastern Aboriginal Collections Kimberley Moulton will share in her experience of international research and curatorial work and her most recent travels as the inaugural National Gallery of Australia International Curatorial Fellow with Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA.

Kimberley will explore her experience as a Yorta Yorta woman in connecting with Aboriginal Cultural material held in museums and galleries across the United Kingdom and United States of America and look at examples of Indigenous autonomy and self-representation in these spaces. This presentation will also discuss the significance of maintaining on-going relationships to cultural material and how contemporary arts practices have built these relationships changed the way in which the object can be viewed within the museum.


Kimberley Moulton is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and is the Senior Curator of South Eastern Aboriginal Collections at Museum Victoria. From 2009-2015 Kimberley was Curator and Project Officer of the Birrarung Gallery at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum. Kimberley was chosen for the inaugural National Gallery of Australia Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program in 2010, and mentor for the program in 2011. In 2013 she was awarded a place at the British Council ACCELERATE program which lead to research in the United Kingdom around the role of contemporary art and cultural practices within the museum, and in 2015 was the inaugural National Gallery of Australia Indigenous International Curatorial Fellow at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection USA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Culture, Australian Indigenous Studies, and Journalism from Monash University, and is completing post-graduate studies at the University of Melbourne.

This lecture was part of the History, Culture & Collections 2016 lecture series held at Melbourne Museum.

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