Clothilde Bullen



Clothilde joined the MCA in 2017 as Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions. She is a Wardandi (Nyoongar) Aboriginal woman with English/French heritage. She commenced as Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth in January 2005, after previously managing a commercial Indigenous art gallery and remained there for over a decade.

Clothilde has curated a number of shows independently including Darkness on the Edge of Town in 2016 at Artbank, Sydney, and When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art this year. Clothilde has written for a number of contemporary arts publications including Sturgeon and Artlink, as well as published and contributed pieces to a range of catalogues, including in the recent Defying Empire catalogue from the National Gallery, Being Tiwi from the MCA, the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards catalogue and Raised by Wolves for PIAF.

In 2019, Clothilde co-curated The National 2019: New Australian Art at the MCA. She is the curator of the 2018 exhibition Compass: MCA Collection, which considers the trajectories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women practices in dialogue with one another. Clothilde is a co-curator of John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new, the MCA’s exhibition of the works of the master bark painter developed and co-presented with the Art Gallery of South Australia, in association with Maningrida Arts & Culture.

Clothilde was on the Inaugural Advisory Committee for the Wesfarmers and NGA Indigenous Arts Leadership Program and is an Alumni member of the British Council Accelerate Scholarship for Indigenous Leadership in the Arts.

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