Dr Fabri Blacklock’s family are Nucoorilma/Ngarabal people from Tingha and Glen Innes and Biripi people from Dingo Creek in New South Wales, she also has English and Scottish ancestry. Dr Blacklock is an academic, artist, curator and educator who is passionate about improving equity in education for Aboriginal people. She graduated from the University of Western Sydney with her PhD in 2014, where she recorded oral histories with her Elders and documented her family’s artworks and the stories behind them. She graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney in 1999 with a BA Communication, majoring in Aboriginal Studies and Film and Video. She was Assistant Curator of Koori History and Culture at the Powerhouse Museum from 1999 to 2008.
She has secured over $1 million dollars in research funding for Aboriginal educational development projects. She is currently a Chief Investigator on two ARC Indigenous Discovery grants and one Linkage grant with the Exodus Foundation. She is committed to embedding Aboriginal research methodologies, pedagogies and perspectives into mainstream education.
She is a textile artist who encompasses environmentally friendly arts practises utilising natural dyes on natural materials. Her practice involves the revival and teaching of NSW Aboriginal women’s artistic practices like possum skin cloak making and weaving. She is particularly interested in the combination of traditional Aboriginal art practices with modern technologies, as well as the important role art plays in wellbeing in Aboriginal communities.
She has facilitated arts based community engagement projects for schools, community organisations and national and international corporate companies. She has recorded oral histories with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women for the City of Sydney and recorded oral histories with Aboriginal people in the Blue Mountains documenting the impact of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Europeans on Aboriginal people. She is a member of the Myall Creek Memorial Committee, which acknowledges and raises awareness of massacres of Aboriginal people across Australia and the continued impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people.
In 2010 she was awarded the College of Fine Arts (COFA) Professional Development Award in the NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Award. In 2008 she was awarded The Yarramundi Scholarship at UWS, and in 2002 she was awarded the Nugget Award for Excellence in Arts Management from the Australian Institute of Arts Management.
Research interests: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, art and wellbeing, oral history, Aboriginal history, Aboriginal education, Aboriginal cultural heritage, curatorial and museum studies.