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“The ubiquitous market correction has happened. The ground has been somewhat levelled and players are again rolling dice. Collectors are active and the spenders haven’t disappeared altogether. Instead, they’re nesting, paying off debt, transferring works from their super funds into their private collections and punting on capital gains.”

COFA art market lecture



Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, Sep/Oct 2016

Moya Dyring Studio (awarded by the Art Gallery of NSW)





Arts d'Australie Parcours des Mondes

Paris, France

L'Art Aborigène: Bagu, Abie Loy Kemarre, Ningura Napurrula,

and more: Floor Talk during the exhibiton (Sep)

About Parcours des Mondes



Friends of the Orange Regional Gallery

Orange, NSW

ART: Market Mystique, Misconceptions & Ascribing Value

Lecture and PowerPoint Presentation (Oct)


Woollahra & Waverley Art School

Waverley, Sydney

Power + Colour: Law and Country

Lecture and PowerPoint Presentation (Oct)




University of NSW Art & Design

(formerly COFA - College of Fine Arts), Paddington, Sydney

Masters of Arts Administration course –

SAHT9125: The Australian Art Market (convener Gary Sangster): three lectures with PowerPoint Presentations – Dissecting the Market (August); Australian Art on the International Market (October); The Secondary Market (Oct)




Art Month – Indigenous Program

Conceived and developed program highlights and hosted three public events as panel leader and moderator during March.

How to Buy Aboriginal Art –

Q&A with Adrian Newstead (Coo-ee Gallery), Gabrielle Simpson (Martumili Artists Art Coordinator; now Indigenous Art Code CEO) and Di Stanley (Director, Tali Gallery, Rozelle)


Aboriginal Art on the World Stage –

Q&A with author and consultant Wally Caruana, Bill Gregory (Director, Annandale Galleries) and Helen Hansen (consultant

and former director Hogarth Galleries)


Aboriginal Art in the Contemporary Collection –

In situ gallery conversation and tour with Christopher Hodges (Director, Utopia Art Sydney)


University of NSW Art & Design

(formerly College of Fine Arts), Paddington, Sydney

Masters of Arts Administration course –

SAHT9125: The Australian Art Market (convener Melissa Collins): The Secondary Market (Oct)



University of NSW Art & Design

(formerly College of Fine Arts), Paddington, Sydney

Masters of Arts Administration course –

SAHT9125: The Australian Art Market (convener Melissa Collins): The Secondary Market (Sep)


SBS Television

Artarmon, Sydney

Lecture and walking tour of Indigenous works on loan from

the Corrigan Collection for incoming staff of the new channel: National Indigenous TV (Aug)

Artmonth – Indigenous Program

Two lectures and walking tours of Indigenous works on loan

from the Corrigan Collection at SBS Television, for the general public (Mar)




SBS Television

Artarmon, Sydney

Lecture and walking tour of Indigenous works on loan from

the Corrigan Collection for staff to celebrate , and record

podcasts for staff access (Jul)


Various public and invitation-only floor talks held in conjunction with Aboriginal art auction previews, including for:

members of the Black and White Society, ADFAS and AGNSW Society (Modern + Contemporary, 20C Art & Design, Phillips International and Shapiro Auctioneers)


Collecting Contemporary Photography: Trends and Issues

Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane -  Lecture (Oct 2004)

Pitfalls and Pinnacles: Collecting Contemporary Art

Universities and Schools Club, Sydney – Lecture and slide presentation (Sep 1998)


Various guided tours of sub-basement storage areas and talks

on collection management procedures at the AGNSW to museum studies students (University of Sydney) and other groups (1990-1996)



'The Other Royal Collection: Windsors’ Multimillion-pound Private Trove of Art May Include Official Gifts'


Valuation assistance on Australian art holdings in the private collections of the Royal Family for the investigative series 'The Cost of the Crown', Maeve McClenaghan, The Guardian 17 April 2023

Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (PJCLE) enquiry into the trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn, 2018

Witness testimony (in capacity as Vice President, Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia), PJCLE enquiry public hearing, NSW Parliament House, 3 Jul 2018, and quoted in the PJCLE Report, tabled in the House of Representatives, 19 September 2018



Rob Harris, 'Ban to Hit Poachers', Herald Sun, 3 Jul 2018

Melissa Clarke, 'Bans on the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn could be on the way', ABC News, 2 Jul and audio

Art Month – Indigenous Program, March 2013

Radio interviews –

Michael Cathcart, Books and Art Daily, ABC Radio National, 14 Mar; Linda Mottram, Mornings with Linda Mottram, 702 ABC, 1 Mar


Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art, Palgrave Macmillan, Melbourne, 2012

Podcast interview –

Andrew Frost, The Art Life (Jan 2013)


Radio interviews –

Sylvia Rosenblum, Arts Wednesday, Eastside Radio 89.7FM (Nov 2012); Kristy McMahon, Indigi-Briz, 4ZZZ Brisbane 102.1 FM (Dec 2012); Sarah Kanowski, Weekend Arts, ABC Radio National (Feb 2013); Michael Cathcart, Books and Arts Daily, ABC Radio National (Nov 2012)

Television interview –

SBS Television, National Indigenous TV News (Dec 2012)

More media coverage and reviews:


Book Launch Speeches –

Sydney: SBS Television (launched by author/lawyer Professor Larissa Behrendt (Decr 2012); Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria (launched by Tony Ellwood, Director NGV (Dec 2012); Gold Coast: Bond University (launched by Vice Chancellor (Dec 2012); Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (launched by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (Feb 2013)

ABC Radio, Kimberley

Interview about the controversy over the Katoomba wandjina sculpture; canvassing the legal landscape and the broad ethical and cultural property debates around the issue:

Can copyright be claimed on Kimberley Aboriginal Wandjina art?

Vanessa Mills, ABC Radio Kimberley (May 2010)

Arts Today, Radio National (pre-ArtiFacts)


Talk-back interview on Aboriginal Art with Angela Catterns (May 1998)



Blackheath Art Society

Blackheath, NSW

Judge, Easter Members’ Exhibition (Apr 2015)

Comments published BAS Newsletter, Issue 80 (May 2015)



Art & Law Symposium

Dunedin Polytechnic & Otago University, New Zealand

The Final Frontier: Australian Law and Indigenous Rights, paper and PowerPoint presentation  (29 Oct 2010). Review: Mark Stocker, Junctures: the Journal for Thematic Dialogue, No. 14 (2011)




Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Charity Auctions

Volunteer work for periodic art charity auctions staged by the ABF to support Indigenous philanthropy; various causes:

2016 - Restaurant Eight, Chinatown, Sydney

2014 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney

2011- Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

Pool Party – Charles Perkins Children’s Trust Charity Auction

Art Gallery of New South Wales (pre-ArtiFacts)

Co-hosted the Aboriginal Art auction, which raised close to one million dollars (2005)





Consultant – Historic Houses Trust, NSW (now Sydney Living Museums): Tattoo: A history of the decorated body 1770-1997

Justice and Police Museum, Sydney (1997)


Provided bibliographic material, research avenues, resources and visual references for curator; assisted in the development of the thematic scope of the exhibition; edited exhibition text panels and catalogue essays.


Curator – Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: A History, through the Work of Gordon Syron and Elaine Pelot Kitchener

New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney (1996)


Review: 'Exhibition Curator', Bruce James, ‘Galleries’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 Oct 1996, p. 14

A Decade of Dance: The Birth of Bangarra

Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington, 1990

Exhibition researcher and cataloguer

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