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Nici Cumpston,
Barkindji language group
Born 1963, Adelaide, South Australia,

EDUCATION
2004 Bachelor of Visual Arts – Photography – Honours, University of South Australia
2001 Bachelor of Visual Arts – Photography, University of South Australia
1994 Advanced Diploma in Applied and Visual Arts, North Adelaide School of Art

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
2009 Board Member, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2008 Assistant Curator, Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of South Australia
2006-08 Lecturer - Photography and Indigenous Arts, Cultures and Design, University of South
Australia
2007 - 09 National Indigenous Arts Reference Group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Arts Board, Australia Council
2004 - 09 Panel member, selection committee, Art in Public Places, Arts SA
1996-06 Lecturer – Photography, Tauondi Aboriginal Community College

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2009 Attesting, Gallerysmith, Melbourne (solo)
Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
26th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory, Darwin
BITE: Recent Additions to the Flinders University Art Museum Collection, Flinders
University City Gallery
2008 25th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory
The Haunted and the Bad, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, curated by
Julie Gough
Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
Uneasy: Recent South Australian Art, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, curated by
Timothy Morrell

Shards, SA School of Art Gallery, University of South Australia
2007 Power & Beauty: Indigenous Art Now, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
24th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory, Darwin
Hobart City Art Prize, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Responses to Landscape, Wilderness School, Adelaide
Scotch College Fine Art Exhibition, curated by Paul Greenaway, Scotch College,
Adelaide
Indigenous Responses to Colonialism – Another Story, Artspace, Adelaide Festival
Centre
170-174 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051 www.gallerysmith.com.au
River Murray Art Prize, ‘The Culture of the River Murray’, People’s Choice Award,
Waikerie Institute
2006 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Artist Award, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
The Murray Cod: much more than just the biggest fish in the river, National Tour NETS
Victoria, Melbourne Museum, 2006-08
Palmer Project Winter Landscape, Murray Darling Palimpsest, Palmer, South Australia
Introducing…Nici Cumpston, Lorraine Austin and Helen Tiernan
Cooee Aboriginal Art, Sydney
Stories: Country Spirit Knowledge & Politics, Lake MacQuarie City Art Gallery
NAIDOC Week 2006 Respect the Past – Believe in the Future, Nici Cumpston and
Darren Siwes, SA Department of Health
Emerging Talent, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
2004 Holy Holy Holy, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide Festival of Arts 2004

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National Tour 2004 – 2005
21st National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory, Darwin
Fresh Catch, Port Adelaide Community Art Gallery, SALA Week Event
Ngapartji Ngapartji, Equinox, Union House - Adelaide University, Collaboration with Joel
Birnie, Adelaide Fringe Festival
Eclectic Land, J III Gallery - Underdale Campus, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Fringe Festival
2003 20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Indigenous Art Collection, New Acquisitions, Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation
2002 Indigenous Australians: 1873 – 2001, The Embassy of Australia, Washington D.C., USA
Reflections, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
Nakkondi / Look - Indigenous Australians, The Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of
the University of Virginia, USA
2001 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Peter Bailie Acquisitive Art Award, Flinders University Art Museum
2000 Nakkondi / Look - Indigenous Australians 1999-2000, State Library of South Australia,
2000 Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Bernnheim Library - Noumea, New Caledonia, 8th
Pacific Festival of the Arts, Regional tour - New Caledonia
17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory, Darwin
1998 Three Views of Kaurna Territory Now
Artspace - Adelaide Festival Centre

GRANTS / AWARDS
2007 River Murray Art Prize, ‘The Culture of the River Murray’
People’s Choice Award
2002 Kate Breakey Returning Artist Residency
Helpmann Academy Menteeship Allowance
2001 Tour of Nakkondi/Look to USA collaboration with Andrew Dunbar, Arts SA
170-174 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051 www.gallerysmith.com.au

COMMISSIONS and RESIDENCIES
2007 Department of Health, Citi Centre Foyer, Government of South Australia
2005 Commonwealth Law Courts Foyer, Adelaide
Bundanon – Emerging Artists Residency, Shoalhaven Bay, NSW
2002 Weaving the Murray, Centenary of Federation collaborative weaving project
Kay Lawrence, Rhonda Agius, Chrissie Houston, Karen Russell, Kirsty Darlaston, Sandy
Elverd, Nici Cumpston, Art Gallery of South Australia and regional tour
2002 Artist-In-Residence, Wilderness School, Adelaide
1999 Black Diamond Public Art Commission, Collaboration between Tauondi College art
staff and Trevor Wren

SELECTED REVIEWS
2009 Beyond the Apocalypse, Ross Moore, Sightlines review, The Age, Friday, 6 February
Attesting, Odette Kelada, FLASH reviews, Issue 1, 2009, Centre for Contemporary
Photography, Melbourne
Craftsouth Bulletin Issue 6, April – June 2009
Nici Cumpston, Photographer - Member profile by Christine Nicholls
Dictionary of Australian Artists Online by Tess Allas, The Storylines Project, College of
Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
2008 Uneasy: Recent South Australian Art. Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
Uneasy on the eye, Wendy Walker, The Australian, Thursday 03 July
2008 An Indigenous Perspective, Photography – Nici Cumpston
A People’s Story by Marie Geissler, Craft Arts, January-March, pp 31-36
2007 A People’s Story by Adam Dutkiewicz, Independent Weekly, Saturday 28 April, p. 31
Another Story: Indigenous Responses to Colonialism, Response and Reconciliation by
Christine Nicholls
Asian Art News, Volume 17 Number 4 Hong Kong ISSN 1023-5884 pp74-81
2006 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award
Accolade for non-traditional trend by Louise Martin-Chew, The Australian, April 13
2004 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award –
Reason to celebrate by Christine Nicholls, The Advertiser, Monday, Sept 13, page 76
Holy Holy Holy at the Flinders University City Gallery in Adelaide, Nick Waterlow
Art Monthly Australia June 2004 Number 170, page 24
Holy Holy Holy, Artlink, Volume 24 No 2, page 75 by Stephanie Radok
In the name of God by John Neylon, The Adelaide Review, April 2004 pg 29
Eclectic Land by Stephanie Radok, The Adelaide Review, April 2004 pg 28
2003 Reflections Red gums colour a river of memories by Louise Nunn, The Advertiser,
April 8th pg 44
2002 Weaving the Murray, Enchanting stream of ideas by Noris Ioannou
The Advertiser, Arts Monday January 21st pg 77

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2008 Shards, South Australian School of Art Gallery, Mary Knights & Brenda Croft 2008
The Haunted and the Bad, Linden Gallery of Contemporary Art, St Kilda, Julie Gough
170-174 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051 www.gallerysmith.com.au
Beyond the Black Stump - Histories of Outback Australia, A family story: Nici Cumpston,
edited by Alan Mayne, Wakefield Press 2008
2007 Power & Beauty; Indigenous Art Now, exhib cat, Judith Ryan, NGV Press
Fresh Water New Perspectives on Water in Australia, story is like a river: Weaving the
Murray Kay Lawrence & Nici Cumpston, Edited by Emily Potter, Alison McKinnon,
Stephen McKenzie & Jennifer McKay, Melbourne University Press, 2007
2006 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery, Julie Ewington
NAIDOC Week 2006 Respect the Past – Believe in the Future, Government of SA
Department of Health, Cathy Speck/ Julie Ewington
2004 Holy Holy Holy, Flinders University Art Museum
2003 Telstra presents the 20th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
2002 Weaving the Murray, Exhibition catalogue, Prospect Gallery & Centenary of
Federation
2001 Kaltja Now - Indigenous Arts Australia, Tandanya - National Aboriginal Cultural Institute,
Wakefield Press, Adelaide
Telstra presents the 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum
and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2000 Australia's Indigenous Arts, Australia Council, Real Time
1998 By Popular Demand, Campbell, Lance, Wakefield Press, Adelaide
South Australia : Horizons Beyond, Baker, Tony, Wakefield Press, Adelaide

COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Victoria
Artbank Collection
Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation
Commonwealth Law Courts, Adelaide
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, USA
Mortlock Collection, State Library of South Australia
Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs, Adelaide
SA Department of Health, CitiCentre Building, Adelaide
South Australian Museum
Wilderness School, Adelaide
Private collections both national and international

These are highly political works, confronting issues of sustainability and the impact on a culture that occupied the place for thousands of years.
DO LOOK AT THESE BEAUTIFUL PRINTS.
http://www.ccp.org.au/flash/2009/02/nici-cumpston/

READ MORE ABOUT NICI ON PAGE 1

Nici has written about her early life in a book called Beyond the Black Stump: Histories of Outback Australia. You can read some of the pages on google books at
http://bit.ly/nZsH1f

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She has also published Desert Country

Art Gallery of South Australia, 2011 - 216 pages
Desert Country showcases the finest examples of Aboriginal art from the Art Gallery of South Australia's collection. It features the Gallery's superb holdings of Western Desert painting, including pivotal works by the leading artists of the movement from 1971 to the present; as well as documenting the remarkable recent development in Aboriginal art in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankyuntjatjara Lands of far northwest South Australia. The works are all rich in story and arresting for their innovation, freshness and sumptuous colour.
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A further book is 3 views of Kaurna Territory now
Authors Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, Agnes Love, Nici Cumpston, Darren Siwes, Adelaide Festival Centre Publisher Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, 1998
ISBN 0958712220, 9780958712224
Length 8 pages

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 Title Making Tracks: A Glimpse at Two Decades of Aboriginal Art in South Australia
Authors Philip Watkins, Fulvia Mantelli, Rosie Potter, Christine Nicholls, Nici Cumpston, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Edition illustrated
Publisher Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Incorporated., 2009
ISBN 0646523619, 9780646523613
Length 32 pages
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Title Indigenous Response to Colonialism: Another Story
Authors Nerina Dunt, Nici Cumpston
Edition illustrated
Publisher Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, 2007
ISBN 0980317517, 9780980317510
Length 5 pages
Subjects Social Science › Anthropology › Cultural
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