Wesley Shaw, Darlene Naponse, Nanobah Becker, Matti Aikio, Elias Yamani Ismail
Wesley Shaw, Assistant Programs Producer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, has matrilineal connections to Dharawal and patrilineal connections to Ngarigo country. Under the guidance and teachings of Yuin Elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, he is part of a growing community dedicated to carrying south-eastern lore. Together, they advocate for environmental sustainability, campaign against the desecration of country, facilitate culturally enriching camps that emphasise self-healing and maintain intergenerational knowledge of cultural practices, ceremony, dance, storytelling, medicine, land care and aquaculture.
Embedded in the lore’s of observation, patience and respect, Wesley’s cultural obligations inform his professional responsibilities as Assistant Programs Producer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Gallery). In this role, he collaborates with curators, artists, educators, public programmers, archivists, communities and numerous external partners to deliver the Gallery’s Djamu, Juvenile Justice, Regional Outreach, Koori Art Expressions and Home programs.
Wesley graduated with a Bachelor of Art Education in 2013, and is currently completing a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership at the University of New South Wales: Art & Design.