MA(ArtMgt), BArtTh, GradDipEdu, GradCertReEdu
Jessica Clark is a proud Palawa woman with English, Irish, Turkish, and French ancestry, currently living and working between Melbourne and Adelaide. She is a curator, arts manager, and writer with an independent practice that is driven by her distinct passion for sharing knowledge and cross-cultural engagement. Her curatorial projects have focused on promoting new dialogues, challenging preconceived ideas/ideals, and exploring the transformative and performative nature of art and contemporary curatorial practice.
Recent exhibitions include All of us (2018) at Blindside Gallery; standing still: looking back, looking forward (2018) at Incinerator Gallery; Tell for the Sydney Festival (2018) and Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2017); and RMIT' University’s large-scale public art commission Wurrunggi Biik - Law of the Land (2019) by Vicki Couzens. Her writing portfolio is diverse and has been published through platforms such as Art Collector, Photofile, and Catalyst Magazine. She is currently working with Country Arts SA, curating VIETNAM – ONE IN, ALL IN (2019), and with Experimenta: Life Forms International Trienniale of New Media Art (2020).
She has been working in the arts sector since 2009 in a variety of contexts; institutional, commercial, not-for-profit, online, and independent, and has over 8 years experience in art education. Jessica is alumni of UNSW College of Fine Art, Australian Catholic University and RMIT University, having completed a Bachelor in Art Theory, postgraduate studies in Visual Art Education, and a Master of Arts Management respectively. She is currently undergoing confirmation of candidature at the University of Melbourne University where her research is focused on investigating new models of curation for exhibition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art.
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair - Curatorial Symposium and Program - August 2018
Case Study - Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art 2018 - 27 April to 29 April 2018
Case Study - Sydney Biennale 2018 - 20 April 22 April 2018
Museum Next - Museum Next Brisbane 2018 - 19 March to 21 March, 2018
Australia Council for the Arts - Signature Works: Innovation Lab - 5 March to 9 March, 2018
National Gallery Victoria - Illuminating Australian Art, Ways of Making Ways of Looking: Lecture Series - 24 September, 1 and 8 October 2017
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair - Curatorial Symposium and Program - August 2017
Some artists and philosophers walked into a room - Victorian College of the Arts, June, 2017
Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Indigenous Curator Program - 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale - 6 to 16 May 2017
MuseumNext International Museum Conference - AUS FEB 17 - 15 to 17 February 2017
NODE Center for Curatorial Studies - Creative Forms of Arts Criticism and Writing - January 2017
Museums Australia Victoria Seminar: Careers in Museums - 17 November 2016
Museums Australia Victoria Seminar - The Art of Curation - 30 August 2016
RMIT School of Fine Art Seminar - Developing Your Career in Fine Art - 25 August 2016
Art Fair - Spring 1883 - 20 August 2016
Small Business Week Melbourne Workshop: Marketing on a Shoestring - 19 August 2016
NGV International Symposium - Art and the Connected Future - 16 April 2016