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Tess AllasAssociate Lecturer
School of Art History and Art Education
QualificationsBCA (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 at the Opera House for their annual 'Message Sticks' program, at the City of Sydney Library at Customs House, Circular Quay and for the 2012 Sydney Festival at Carriageworks. Her curatorial practice extends to printmaking exhibitions in Montreal, Canada for the Montreal First Nations Festival and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in the United States and many smaller exhibitions on the South Coast of NSW.In 2011 Tess was the recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW for further study and investigation into the history and contemporary practice of shellworking in NSW Aboriginal communities.
In 2012 Tess was awarded a two month artist in residency through the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada where she worked in the area of printmaking and also on script development for a collaborative video work that is to be shown in the 2014 Adelaide Festival.
She has written hundreds of biographies on Aboriginal artists for the 'Storylines Project' which were published on the Design & Art Australia Online website (www.daao.org.au). The findings of this project can be found on a purpose built 'Storylines' website: www.storylines.org.au
Her print publications include essays for the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection (Univeristy of Virginia); in 'Untitled: Portraits of Australian Artists', articles in Art Monthly, Art & Australia, Artist Profile and Artlink. She co-edited the 'Blak on Blak' edition of Artlink (Vol 30 No 1).