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Dr Fiona Foley


Fiona Foley

Research Fellow
Queensland College of Art
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2018 Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University • 2011–17 Adjunct Professor, The University of Queensland • 2003–09 Adjunct Professor, Griffith University • 1987 Diploma of Education, Sydney Institute of Education, Sydney University • 1984– 86 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts • 1982–83 Certificate of Arts, East Sydney Technical College. In 2020 Dr Foley has been awarded, The Inaugural Monica Clare Research Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland towards a publication titled, Bogimbah Creek Mission: The First Aboriginal Experiment. Foley has also been awarded a grant from the Cherish Fund, Australia Council for the Arts for a new photographic series titled, The Magna Carta Tree. Her publication by the University of Queensland Press (UQP) titled, Biting the Clouds: A Badtjala perspective on The Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, 1897 is due for release in October. Fiona Foley is a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative. She exhibits regularly in Australia and internationally. Her recent solo exhibitions were held at Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane 2017, Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2019 and the National Art School, Sydney, in 2020. Foley completed her PhD with Griffith University in 2017. The thesis topic examined Queensland’s legislation, The Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, 1897. Her new work on this subject was received with significant interest. In 2014 she was the recipient of an Australia Council Visual Arts Award. She is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and symposia all over the world. Most recently she convened Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University (2014) at the University of Queensland, where she was an Adjunct Professor (2011-2017).


  • Lecturer
    Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia22 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2021
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Australia20 Aug 2018 - 20 Aug 2020
  • Queensland College of Art Executive
    Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia29 Apr 2020


  • Adjunct Professor
    The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia1 Jul 2011 - 30 Jun 2017
  • Adjunct Professor
    Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia1 Aug 2003 - 31 Jul 2009
  • Convenor
    Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Bachelor of Visual Arts, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Arts, Australia19 Jul 2004 - 27 Nov 2004


  • Fellow
    National Art School, Sydney18 May 2017
  • Because of Her We Can, Lifetime Achievement.
    Fraser Coast NAIDOC Award8 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018