Jonathan Kimberley was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1969. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at RMIT University in Melbourne in 1990 and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts (Research), University of Western Australia in 2011. This MFA project titled, Country Unwrapping Landscape : Kuluntjarra World Map (The Nine Collaborations), examines and critiques intercultural collaborative art practice between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists in Australia, including a unique collaborative painting project with six artists in the remote community of Patjarr in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia.
An interdisciplinary visual artist & arts manager. His visual art practice is informed by a unique approach that combines solo studio practice with long-term collaborative projects; working with various artists and thinkers in Western Australia, Tasmania and Valcamonica Italy. His first major collaborative series, with Patrick Mung Mung, was shown in 2004, followed by further collaborative projects with puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett) in Tasmania and Italy (2006-09), Kayili Artists in the Gibson Desert in Western Australia (2008-10) and again with Jim Everett in Mildura (2011).
His role as founding manager of Warmun Art Centre, at Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in Western Australia (1998 –2001), required clear vision and expertise to collaboratively establish, manage and nurture a new arts enterprise from the ground up in a complex and sometimes difficult intercultural, financial, political and remote community environment. It also provided exceptional grounding in the dynamic and shifting world of intercultural art practice in Australia.
The time taken to develop such projects as integral to his visual art practice and vice-versa. He has also worked with remote community art centres, Martumili Artists, Kayili Artists and with arts festivals including, Ten Days on the Island, in Tasmania, Mildura Palimpsest #8 Biennale of Art, in Mildura, Vic, and Mona Foma, Hobart, Tasmania.
In 2009 Kimberley was awarded the prestigious Alcorso Foundation Italian Residency, jointly supported by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania. This award enabled him to expand his project internationally. A series of forthcoming residencies is planned with the Centro Camuno Studi di Preistorici at the Unesco Listed World Heritage rock art site in Valcamonica, northern Italy, that will include a series exhibitions and collaborations between Australia and Italy.
In 2012 Kimberley returned to Warmun Art Centre as Senior Curator & Manager (2012/13), where he facilitated projects including, Lena Nyadbi, Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi Scales) (2013), a 700square metre installation on the rooftop of the Musee du quai Branly in Paris, the new Media Lab @ WAC; a Living Cultural Archive of the nationally significant Warmun Community Collection; and the Gija Two-Way Learning Program – a ground-breaking intercultural tertiary education partnership between Warmun Art Centre & The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation.
Most recently he was Curator of Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 2015 (2014/15). See www.mildurabiennale.com