Stephen is from the Yamatji people of the Inggarda language group of northwest Western Australia. As a Roberta Sykes Scholar, he completed a Master of Arts Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in 2011.
He also holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Australia.
He is a writer, lecturer and curator and has worked with the Indigenous collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the British Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, USA.
From 2012-2016 Stephen was the Australian Studies Visiting Curator at the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University. He is also a Lecturer of Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney.
Academic Profile, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Sydney
Changemaker: Stephen Gilchrist, UWA
American Dreaming: Aboriginal exhibition at Harvard Art Museums challenges notions of time, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 2016
Breaking the bonds of time, The Harvard Gazette, February 2016
The Harvard Art Museums Present Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, Cambridge, MA, January 2016
Throughout this program I have written about a curatorial process for Indigenising spaces and making them work culturally, moving from a methodology of cultural preservation to cultural activation ...