Staff Profiles

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Tess Allas

Director, Indigenous Programs

School of Art History and Art Education


BCA (University of Wollongong), MA (University of Sydney)
Tess Allas has worked in the field of Aboriginal art and cultural practice since the early 1990's. She has curated and coordinated a number of exhibitions in Sydney venues including the Sydney Opera House and Carriageworks. She has curated a number of international print exhibitions in Montreal, Canada for the Montreal First Nations Festival and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in the United States as well as many smaller exhibitions on the South Coast of NSW. In 2011 Tess was the recipient of an Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW for further study and investigation into the history and contemporary practice of shellworking in NSW Aboriginal communities. She has written hundreds of biographies on Aboriginal artists for the 'Storylines Project' ( which were published on the Design & Art Australia Online website ( Her print publications include essays for the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection (University of Virginia) as well as articles in Art Monthly, Art & Australia, Artist Profile and Artlink. With Daniel Browning she co-edited the 'Blak on Blak' edition of Artlink (Vol 30 No 1). With fellow artistic collaborator, Charlie Schneider, Tess showed her video work 'Andy Warhol on Aboriginal Art' at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Adelaide as part of the 2014 Adelaide Festival's visual art program.