This summer, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection has commenced its first International Indigenous Arts Fellowship in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). The NGA selected Kimberley Moulton, a past participant in their Indigenous Arts Leadership program, to undertake a six-week project at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in Charlottesville. Moulton is a curator at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum (Museum Victoria).
The Fellowship is an opportunity for early to mid-career Indigenous arts professionals to gain international experience to boost their professional development, develop new skill sets, explore the diversity of careers available in the industry and build a wider network of colleagues. It is part of a broader Indigenous Arts Leadership program that assists Indigenous people who are working or want to work within the visual arts industry. This program is jointly funded by the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers, one of Australia’s largest retail companies.
Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta-Yorta woman who has spent the past six years as the Curator and Project Officer of the Birrarung Gallery, the contemporary art space of the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. An emerging leader and mentor in the Australian visual arts, she was also chosen for the inaugural Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program in 2010, and in 2013 she was awarded a place at the British Council ACCELERATE program. Moulton is a board member for Banmirra Arts Inc and recently was a judge for the 2015 Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Culture, Australian Indigenous Studies, and Journalism from Monash University in Melbourne, and is combining a post-graduate diploma in Indigenous Studies and a Masters of Arts Curatorship at the University of Melbourne.
For her six-week project, Moulton will be responsible for the curation, design and marketing of an exhibition of bark paintings by Djambawa Marawili, a celebrated Yolngu artist from Arnhem Land in Northern Australia. The exhibition will open on Thursday, August 20 at Night at the Museum and Moulton will discuss her curatorial practice in a Curator’s Talk on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 pm (registration required).