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Brian Martin

Brian Martin (he/him) is a leading Indigenous artist and academic. Born in Redfern Sydney, he is from Bundjalung, Muruwari and Kamilaroi ancestry. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training from Charles Sturt University and a PhD by research from Deakin University. A practising artist for 30 years, Brian has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. His work is held in various private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University Museum of Art, Ballarat, Broken Hill, Mildura, and Lismore Regional Galleries. His publication history has investigated the relationship of materialism in the arts to an Indigenous worldview and Aboriginal knowledge framework and epistemology. He has further reconfigured understandings of culture and visual practice from an Aboriginal perspective and leads numerous national and international research projects. Recently Deputy Director and Head of Research of the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University Australia and currently he is Associate Dean Indigenous and Director Wominjeka Djeembana at Monash University Art, Design and Architecture and Honorary Professor of Eminence at Centurion University of Technology and Management in Orisha India. Brian is also a Board Director of the National Theatre in Melbourne and a Board Member of the Melbourne Art Foundation.



Architecture & Design: A Blak aesthetic?

What is an Aboriginal aesthetic? How can you design buildings and products that reflect Aboriginal world views? Alison Page, Brian Martin, and Sarah Lyn Rees discuss, moderated by Timmah Ball.

March 20, 2022