Staff Profiles

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Felicity Fenner

Chief Curator NIEA and Senior Lecturer

UNSW Galleries

Felicity Fenner is the Senior Lecturer and Chief Curator (National Institute of Experimental Arts) at UNSW Galleries, COFA.

A leading Australian curator of contemporary art, her exhibitions include 'Primavera 2005' at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Handle with Care: 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art', 'Once Removed', Australia’s group exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale, 'Michael Nyman: CineOpera' at Sydney Park Brickworks in 2011 and 'Making Change at the National Art Museum of China', Beijing (co-curated with Brenda Croft and Kon Gouriotis). She is also a prolific writer, a contributing editor of Art Asia Pacific and regular contributor to a variety of journals including Art in America, Art and Australia and Artlink. 

Felicity’s positions at COFA are multifaceted, combining curatorial, research and teaching roles. She is a Senior Lecturer in Exhibition Management & Curatorial Studies and World Biennales in the School of Art History & Art Education, and Chief Curator at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA). Currently she is a Chief Investigator (with Professors Jill Bennett and Richard Goodwin) on NIEA's 'Curating Cities' research team, a five-year ARC Linkage research project that examines how the arts can generate environmentally beneficial behaviour change and influence the development of green infrastructure in urban environments.

Felicity is a founding member of the City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel. She holds consultancy roles and is a judge for many art prizes including, in 2012, the National Portrait Gallery's inaugural digital portrait prize, the Kings School art prize and the Blake Prize. She is completing a PhD on the role of place in curatorial strategies of international biennial and triennial exhibitions.