Christine Nicholls

Christine Nicholls is Head of Australian Studies at Flinders University teaching in Indigenous Australian art and Indigenous Australian languages. She is a widely published author.


Colliding Worlds, First Contact in the Western Desert 1932-1984
Curated by Philip Batty Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts 18 February - 28 May 2006
New Zealand Contemporary Art Turangawaewae A Place to Stand
19th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award
Museum & Art Gallery of the NT Darwin 10 August - 27 October 2002
New Museums, New Agendas
Art On A String
Aboriginal Threaded Objects From the Central Desert and Arnhem Land, Co-curated by Louise Hamby and Diana Young Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Adelaide 22 June - 11 August, 2002
Art & Enterprise
Thinking Big: Spatial Conception in the Art of Dorothy Napangardi
The Warlpiri artist Dorothy Napangardi was born in the late 1940s or early 1950s in the bush near Mina Mina, northwest of Alice Springs at a time when colonisation meant that whites were increasingly encroaching on Walpiri land. Although Napangardi did not begin painting until much later, her childhood spent in the bush gathering the plentiful bush tucker and watching family members catch animals for food has had a critical influence on her artistic work. Because Napangardi did not live in a house in her formative years, the ability to view the landscape in its full 360 degrees enabled a different kind of 'eye' which plays out extensively in her visual scapes. It is in this sense that Nicholls looks at the spatial conceptions of the work of Napangardi.
Rich & Strange
'Aboriginalism' in Europe: On the Way Out?
Subsequent to Nicholls three month residency in several European regions, she has been examining some of the ways in which Australian Aboriginal art is currently being perceived, received and curated in this part of the world. As she states, the Salzburger Kunstvereins programme, juxtaposing photographic works and video installations by Destiny Deacon and Lisl Ponger was the only one of the four European Indigenous art exhibitions she saw that made any serious and genuine effort to address the postcolonial legacy of Anglo-European colonialism.
Hybrid World
Looking at the Stolen Generation
The government policy of separating Indigenous children from their parents was still in force until the 1970s in some states. Indigenous artists who have recently begun depicting these events include Julie Dowling, Gordon Syron, John Packham, Rea and Brenda Croft. Their work has been part of the uncovering of the hidden history of these children of which many non-indigenous Australians were quite ignorant until the mid 1990s.
Reconciliation: Indigenous art for the 21st Century
Twenty Five Years and Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting
Curated by Doreen Mellor and Vincent Megaw Flinders University Art Museum City Gallery, Adelaide 4 September - 17 October 1999 Flinders Art Museum Campus Gallery 6 September - 22 December 1999.
Good Taste: Food, Consumption & Pleasure
Unley Museum Country Arts SA NAVA Cementa