Jonathan Kimberley is an Artist, Senior Curator & Writer specializing in developing major intercultural, collaborative, contemporary art projects. His unique interdisciplinary practice includes significant projects with both emerging and leading Australian and International artists from diverse backgrounds.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1969. Education: Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at RMIT University in Melbourne (1990); Master of Fine Arts (Research), University of Western Australia (2010).
Selected major projects: Founding Manager, Warmun Art Centre (Turkey Creek, WA) (1998-2001); Kuluntjarra World Map (The Nine Collaborations) (2008-2010), Senior Curator & Manager, Warmun Art Centre (2012-13), Lena Nyadbi, Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi Scales) Musee du quai Branly Paris, (2013); Gija Two-Way Learning Program between Warmun Art Centre & The University of Melbourne; Curator, Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 2015 (2014-2015); Unmapping the End of the World (2008-2015); The Willandra Wisdom Walk & Wiimbia Mayii Kulpa Larna Bush Symposium at Mungo National Park; Director, GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) (2016-2018).
His role as founding manager of Warmun Art Centre (Turkey Creek, Western Australia) (1998 –2001), facilitated the establishment of one of the leading cultural institutions in Australia. The opportunity also provided exceptional grounding and insight into the dynamic and emerging world of intercultural art practice in Australia.
His MFA project, Country Unwrapping Landscape : Kuluntjarra World Map (The Nine Collaborations) (2008-2010) examines and critiques intercultural collaborative art practice between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists in Australia. This included a written thesis and a unique collaborative painting project developed over two years with seven artists from Patjarr in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia – resulting a series of 9 collaborative paintings Kuluntjarra World Map (The Nine Collaborations). For Kimberley, the work was in-part a critical response to Imants Tillers’ Nine Shots (1986) and Gordon Bennett’s Nine Richochets (1990).
In 2012 Kimberley returned to Warmun Art Centre as Senior Curator & Manager (2012-13), where he assisted in the recovery following devastating 2011 floods and developed major projects including: Lena Nyadbi, Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi Scales) (2013) a 700-square-metre installation on the rooftop of the Musee du quai Branly in Paris; 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; established a new Media Lab @ WAC e-media project; and a Living Cultural Archive of the nationally significant Warmun Community Collection.
He was Curator of Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 2015 (2014-2015) a residency-based international biennale developing and presenting new site-specific works by 76 Aboriginal, Australian and international artists in Australia, Japan and Italy, including major projects such as Unmapping the End of the World. As Director, GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) (2016-2018) he has curated eight major ephemeral and permanent public sculpture projects.
Kimberley has also developed numerous intercultural projects across Australia and internationally with organisations such as, Warlayirti Artists, Martumili Artists, Kayili Artists, Warakurna Artists (W.A), Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre (N.T.), Centro Camuno Studi di Preistorici (Valcamonica, Italy), Australian Embassy, Paris. He has also published numerous essays in journals.