Fabri Blacklock

Scientia Fellow
Associate Professor

I am a Nucoorilma/Ngarabal/Biripi woman, who also has English and Scottish ancestry. I am an academic, artists, historian and curator who is passionate about improving educational equity for Aboriginal people. I am a Scientia Fellow in the Art and Design Faculty at UNSW.

I was awarded my PhD in 2014 from the University of Western Sydney and in 1999 was awarded a BA Communication from the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in Aboriginal Studies and Film and Video. 

In 1999 I started my career in the arts as Assistant Curator of Koori History and Culture at the Powerhouse Museum curating eleven Aboriginal exhibitions and contributing Aboriginal perspectives and experiences to arts policy and procedures.

I have secured over $1 million in research funding for Aboriginal education and wellbeing projects. I am committed to embedding Aboriginal research methodologies, pedagogies and perspectives into mainstream education practices. 

I am a textile artist who is passionate about teaching environmental practices within the fashion industry and supporting and mentoring Aboriginal fashion designers to showcase wearable Aboriginal art. 

Conference Papers
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Mooney J; Craven R; Dillon A; Blacklock F; Magson N; Franklin A, 2019, 'Identifying the psychosocial drivers of Indigenous professionals', in Indigenous Australian Thriving Futures Symposium, Brisbane, QLD, presented at AIATSIS National Research Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 01 July 2019 - 03 July 2019
2019
Mooney J; Craven R; Dillon A; Blacklock F; Magson N; Rhodes P; Kadir M; Rolls T, 2019, 'Drivers of Indigenous Professionals’ Socio-Economic Wellbeing', in Indigenous Australian Thriving Futures Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, presented at 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Melbourne, Australia, 18 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
2019
Mooney J; Craven R; Magson N; Franklin A; Dillon A; Blacklock F, 2018, 'The Role of Education for the Next Generation of Indigenous Professionals.', Sydney, presented at Australian Association for Research in Education, Sydney, 10 December 2018
2018
Dillon A; Mooney J; Blacklock F; Craven R; Yeung AS, 2015, 'Cultivating Capability: Explicating What Works for Gifted Aboriginal Students', in American Educational Research Association 2015 Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, presented at American Educational Research Association 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, 16 April 2015 - 20 April 2015, http://www.aera.net/Publications/Online-Paper-Repository/AERA-Online-Paper-Repository/Owner/959097
2015
Blacklock F, 2015, 'Stories of Success: Young Mob Aboriginal Youth Leaders in Western Sydney', in 8th SELF Biennial International Conference, Driving Positive Psychology and Well-Being, Keil University, Germany, presented at Driving Positive Psychology and Well-Being, Keil University, Germany, 20 August 2015 - 24 August 2015
2015
Blacklock F, 2014, 'Sharing knowledge and culture through oral history', in E Mau ana Ka Moolelo: Our Narratives Endure, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Hawaii, presented at World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Hawaii, 19 May 2014 - 24 May 2014
2014
Blacklock F, 2009, 'Indigenous Historical Perspectives: Ngarabal and Biripi experiences of Australian History', in Proceedings of the 5th International Biennial SELF Research Conference, University of Oxford, United Arab Emirates University, UAE., presented at Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self and Identity., United Arab Emirates University, UAE., 12 January 2009 - 15 January 2009
2009
Blacklock F, 2009, 'The History Wars: Acknowledging Indigenous Oral History', in Proceedings of the 5th SELF Research Conference, Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self Identity, Dubai, UAE, presented at Enabling Human Potential: The Centrality of Self Identity, Dubai, UAE, 13 January 2009 - 15 January 2009
2009
Blacklock F, 2008, 'Beyond Fabrication of Australia’s History: A Documentation and Multi-Method Critical Analysis of Ngarabal and Biripi Elders.', in AARE Annual Conference, Perspectives and Experiences of Australian History, Brisbane, presented at Perspectives and Experiences of Australian History, Brisbane, 03 December 2008 - 06 December 2008, https://www.aare.edu.au/data/publications/2008/bla08741.pdf
2008
Journal articles
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Mooney J; Blacklock F; Riley L, 2018, 'Yarning up: stories of challenges and success', Australian Journal of Education, vol. 62, pp. 266 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004944118803403
2018
Craven RG; Ryan RM; Mooney J; Vallerand RJ; Dillon A; Blacklock F; Magson N, 2016, 'Toward a positive psychology of indigenous thriving and reciprocal research partnership model', Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 47, pp. 32 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2016.04.003
2016
Blacklock F, 2010, 'The diversity of Indigenous oral history', Oral History Association of Australia Journal, vol. 32, pp. 20 - 23
2010
Blacklock F, 2003, 'Telling it our way: Koori history in New South Wales', Australian Cultural History, pp. 55 - 60
2003
Book Chapters
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Blacklock F; Mooney J; Riley L, 2016, 'Dimensions of Aboriginal Community Development', in Kickett-Tucker C; Bessarab D; Coffin J; Wright M (ed.), Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development : Fostering Cultural Security, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 54 - 72, https://books.google.com.au/books?id=b_inDQAAQBAJ
2016
Blacklock F, 2015, 'Art: Connecting cultures', in Price K (ed.), Knowledge of Life Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 77 - 97
2015
Blacklock F, 2011, 'Aboriginal Skin Cloaks', in Maynard M (ed.), Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 7: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Berg Publishers, Sydney, pp. 35 - 36, https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/berg-encyclopedia-of-world-dress-and-fashion-vol-7-9781847883964/
2011
Blacklock F, 'Snapshot: Aboriginal Skin Cloaks', in , Berg Publishers, http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/bewdf/edch7006
Conference Presentations
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Blacklock F, 2011, 'Indigenous Methodology: A New Research Agenda through Self Determination', presented at The Sixth SELF Biennial International Conference, The Centrality of SELF Theory and Research for Enabling Human Potential., Laval University, Quebec City, Canada, 19 June 2011 - 22 June 2011
2011
Blacklock F, 2007, 'Yarnin Up with Uncle Eric Glover: A Biripi Elders Experience.', presented at College of Arts conference, University of Western Sydney, 05 September 2007 - 05 September 2007
2007
Blacklock F, 2006, 'Reconceptualising Indigenous Historians’ Contributions to Australian history', presented at SELF Research International Conference, University of Michigan, USA July 2006., 09 July 2006 - 12 July 2006
2006
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Blacklock F, 2011, Bulbany, Bulbany, UNSW College of Fine Arts, -
2011
Blacklock F; Edwards C, 2010, Blacklock and Edwards, Blacklock and Edwards, Penrith Regional Gallery and and the Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, NSW, 10 April 2010 - 27 June 2010, medium: Wool rugs, at: http://www.penrithregionalgallery.org/blacklock-and-edwards/
2010
Blacklock F, 2010, Gupi Yungera (Possum Skin Cloak), Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize, 18 May 2010 - 19 June 2010, at: https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/31412121?q&versionId=48128742
2010
Blacklock F, 2010, Tingha Rocks, Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize, NSW Parliament House, 01 August 2010 - 31 August 2009, medium: Painting
2010
Blacklock F, 2009, Mirraal: Sacred Country, Mirraal: Sacred Country, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, -
2009
Blacklock F, 2008, Tidal Sands and Dingo Creek, Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize, NSW Parliament House, 01 October 2008 - 31 October 2008
2008
Blacklock F, 2008, Yildaan Dreaming Tracks, Yildaan Dreaming Tracks, Seeger Gallery, Leura., -
2008
Blacklock F, 2008, Jaagi Juulum: sacred mountain, Jaagi Juulum: sacred mountain, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, -
2008
Curatorial Outputs
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Blacklock F, 2008, Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, 21 March 2008 - 14 June 2010, Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey, https://maas.museum/event/yinalung-yenu-womens-journey/
2008
Blacklock F; Cox P, 2006, On the box: Great moments in Australian television 1956-2006., exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , On the box: Great moments in Australian television 1956-2006.
2006
Blacklock F, 2005, Inspired: design across time, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Inspired: design across time
2005
Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J; Miller S; Foley G; Skuthopre G, 2004, Our place: Indigenous Australia now, exhibited at: Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Museum of China, Beijing, - , Our place: Indigenous Australia now, https://maas.museum/product/our-place-indigenous-australia-now/
2004
Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J, 2003, Balarinji: ancient culture, contemporary design, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. DDG Gallery, Osaka, Japan. GGG Gallery, Tokyo, Japan., - , Balarinji: ancient culture, contemporary design
2003
Blacklock F, 2002, Bush Tucker Connections, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Bush Tucker Connections
2002
Sear M; Blacklock F, 2001, Births of a Nation: women childbirth and federation, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Births of a Nation: women childbirth and federation, https://maas.museum/event/births-of-a-nation-women-childbirth-and-federation/
2001
Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J, 2001, Black Theatre, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Black Theatre
2001
Blacklock F, 2000, Mum Shirl Tribute Exhibition, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Mum Shirl Tribute Exhibition
2000
Miller S; Wilson-Miller J, 1999, Bayagul: contemporary Indigenous communication, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, - , Bayagul: contemporary Indigenous communication
1999
Books
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Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J; Miller S; Foley G; Skuthopre G, 2004, Our place: Indigenous Australia now (Exhibition Catalogue), Miller S, (ed.), Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney
2004
Miller S; Blacklock F; Wilson-Miller J, 2002, Bayagul Contemporary Indigenous Communication, Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney
2002

2019 Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, End-User Impact.


2010 awarded the College of Fine Arts (COFA) Professional Development Award in the NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Award.

2008 awarded The Yarramundi Scholarship at UWS.

2002 awarded the Nugget Award for Excellence in Arts Management from the Australian Institute of Arts Management.

ARC Indigenous Discovery 

Keeping Culture: Utilising Koori Elders wisdom and knowledge in education 

Triumphing in a New Indigenous Australia 

ARC Linkage 

An RCT of an education reengagement program for at-risk youth 

Redefining museum experience as an immersive networked narrative

Blacklock F, 2020, Riding on the kangaroo’s back: animal skin fashion, exports and ethical trade, https://theconversation.com/riding-on-the-kangaroos-back-animal-skin-fashion-exports-and-ethical-trade-130207
2020
Blacklock F, 2014, Sharing Heritage Stories [DVD], Blue Mountains City Council, Katoomba, NSW
2014
Blacklock F, 2013, Honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men and Women who served their country., City of Sydney, Hyde Park, http://www.sydneyoralhistories.com.au/tag/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-service-men-and-women/
2013