MA and the MA17 conference committee are pleased to introduce our Keynotes:
Glenn Iseger-Pilkington is a Wadjarri, Nhanda and Nyoongar man and a member of a Dutch and Scottish migrant family. He spent the first half of his life living in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and has since 1994 lived on Nyoongar Country in the South West corner of Western Australia and currently resides in Perth. Glenn undertook his formal art training at the School of Contemporary Art, Edith Cowan University, majoring in Printmaking. He has worked within the visual arts sector over the last decade as an arts development officer, curator, advisor and advocate for Indigenous Australian artists. Glenn is passionate about writing on subject matters which include contemporary Indigenous identity, syncretisation, colonisation, Indigenous history and lived experience.
In 2016 Glenn was appointed William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture, South Australian Museum. Glenn's focus in this newly established position is bringing the South Australian Museum’s vast Australian Aboriginal collections to life, showing how they reinforce the stories of the present. His current project is a major collaboration with Ngaanyatjarra communities in Western Australia which will result in a significant exhibition project scheduled to open at the South Australian Museum in October 2017.
Glenn was formerly the Curator Content Development, New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum after a short period of time as Project Officer Indigenous Arts at the Department of Culture and the Arts. Prior to this he held the position of Associate Curator of Indigenous Objects and Photography at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2007-2014). In his role at the Western Australian Museum, Glenn was responsible for initiating new models of story-sharing, and curatorial frameworks that will be foundational to the presentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the museum, set to open in 2020.
Photo credit: Mark Gambino