Katina Davidson

Posted 19 Jul 16

Katina Davidson is a Brisbane based artist and curator and a graduate of the National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous Arts Fellowship Program. Each year Kalinya works with the participants of this program, to gather and share their stories.

Katina is a Murri woman from Queensland, her family ties herald from the Purga Mission located on the outskirts of Ipswich. Katina completed her Fellowship in the Learning & Access team at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and was a driving force behind the creative programming for the Indigenous permanent collection.

Each program that I created is in response to a need.”

The NGA has the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. “I developed a spoken word event because I wanted to see more of our community and young people visiting an institution that houses so much of our cultural material.”

“We invited two Indigenous musicians; Michael ‘Wizz’ Weir, a Canberra local, and Charmaine ‘Dizzy’ Doolan, from Cairns, to perform spoken word pieces in a half hour roving performance in the Urban Gallery.”

The Urban Gallery houses work by artists such as Fiona Foley, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Lin Onus and many others. The works are bold and often political in content.

“There was a rawness to the performance, and this was the point, to make these conceptual pieces accessible to new audience members who don’t necessarily have fine art training.”

Katina is the Exhibition Program Officer at kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland, were she has curated exhibitions such as State of Emergency, which commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Commonwealth Games when Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties.

She project managed Art of the Skins a major cultural resurgence project at SLQ with NGA alumni Freja Carmichael (curator) and Amanda Hayman (recently appointed Manager of kuril dhagun) which is open until November 2016.

Photo: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia

Katina is standing in front the following artwork:
Poly Ngal
Alyawarr/ Anmatyerre people, Utopia NT
‘Bush Plum Country’, 2002
Synthetic polymer on canvas