Two prominent art and culture experts will lead the National Aboriginal Art Gallery Reference Group as it enters a new two-year term. Franchesca Cubillo and Dr Gerard Vaughan will continue in their roles as co-chairs from the previous term, alongside nine new appointees and one other re-appointed member. These are Patricia Adjei; · Brook Andrew; · Sharon Butcher; · Kelli Cole; · Chad Creighton; · Frank Howarth; · Dr Greg Lehman; · Vicky Lindner; · Matthew Palmer; and · Joann Russo.
Franchesca Cubillo is a Yanuwa, Larrakia, Bardi and Wardaman woman from the Northern Territory with more than 30 years’ experience in the museum and art gallery sector. Born in Darwin, Cubillo’s family moved to Adelaide after Cyclone Tracy in 1974. After working in the Kimberley region Cubillo completed a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Affairs with Honours in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide. She then worked as a curator at the South Australian Museum, followed by the National Museum of Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. She has also been senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia.
Bio courtesy National Portrait Gallery
Gerard Ronald Vaughan AM is an Australian art historian and curator. He was director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1999 to 2012, and was director of the National Gallery of Australia from 2014 to 2018.