Creative Industries Indigenous Seminar Series – Fiona Foley

The second QUT Creative Industries Indigenous Seminar Series, convened by Dr Sandra Phillips, took place on 2 June, 2017 as part of Reconciliation Week. The ongoing program is a staging ground for dissemination of unique scholarship from Indigenous researchers and academics.

Each seminar features a presentation from an expert invited Indigenous researcher who engages with the audience and a relevant QUT discussant.

At the second seminar, special guest Fiona Foley discussed her body of work, Indigenous history and issues affecting Indigenous visual art.

Seminar convener Dr Sandra Phillips acknowledged Country and introduced Fiona Foley to the audience.

Seminar convener Dr Sandra Phillips

Foley’s discussant was Keith Armstrong, Associate Director of the QUT Creative Lab, part-time Senior Research Fellow, and an actively practising freelance new media artist.

Listen to the presentation:



Fiona Foley is a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative who regularly exhibits nationally and internationally. Fiona’s most recent solo exhibitions were held at Andrew Baker Art Dealer (Brisbane, 2016) and Niagara Galleries (Melbourne, 2012). In 2014 Fiona was the recipient of an Australia Council Visual Arts Award.

Fiona Foley presents at the second QUT Creative Industries Indigenous Research Seminar on 2 June, 2017

A regular international keynote speaker at conferences and symposia, most recently Fiona convened Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University (2014) at the University of Queensland, where she is currently Adjunct Professor.

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

Discussant Dr Keith Armstrong with Fiona Foley

The next seminar with Dr Romaine Moreton takes place 4-6pm Friday 22 September, 2017, at Building Z9 Level 6, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus with discussant Dr Verena Thomas, QUT Design Lab.

2017 Series Program: 

Seminar #1: 21 April, 2017 Associate Professor Bronwyn Carlson with Professor Jean Burgess
Seminar #2: 2 June, 2017 Fiona Foley with Dr Keith Armstrong
Seminar #3: 21 September, 2017 Dr Romaine Moreton and Dr Lou Bennett with Dr Verena Thomas
Seminar #4: 24 November, 2017 Distinguished Prof Aileen Moreton-Robinson with Professor Mandy Thomas