Hetti Perkins is a member of the Eastern Arrernte and Kalkadoon Aboriginal peoples. She was the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has curated major survey exhibitions of Indigenous art, including Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale in 1997, and most recently the Australian Indigenous Art Commission at the Musee du quai Branly in Paris. She edited One Sun One Moon: the most ambitious publication on Australian Indigenous art to date.
Hetti is the eldest daughter of Charles Perkins, the esteemed Indigenous activist, and an experienced public spokesperson. Her sister Rachel Perkins is an acclaimed film director. Hetti joined Bangarra as an Artist-in-Residence in 2011.
In her first year as Bangarra’s Resident Curator, Hetti focused on a number of projects that drew on her curating, consulting and producing experience. Hetti assisted NITV/SBS with a documentary series, contributed to a book about Sydney, worked with the City of Sydney on the Eora Journey and developed scripts for ‘art+soul II’ for ABC TV. Hetti also began work on developing the inaugural Indigenous arts and cultural festival – Corroboree Sydney.
As Creative Director for Corroboree Sydney in 2013, Hetti worked with nine collaborating partner institutions in Sydney including Bangarra, Art Gallery NSW, Australian Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, State Library NSW, BlackFella Films and Koori Radio 93.7FM. The inaugural Corroboree Sydney 2013 from November 14 – 24 showcased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture and featured over 100 events. Highlights included Gurung children’s parade, the Black Arts Market, Corroboree Cinema and late night Corroboree Club. Hetti also continued her curation and consulting career during 2013.
In 2014 Hetti continues her role as Bangarra’s Resident Curator and Creative Director for Corroboree Sydney.
Photo credit: Susie Hagon