Trish Barnard (formerly Johnson) has considerable experience in the research and the interpretation of collections, and the curation of exhibitions. She is a descendant of the Yambina people of central Queensland.
Trish has a sound knowledge of contemporary arts, new developments and innovations within the arts and crafts industry. She commits considerable time to assisting Aboriginal communities to develop their keeping places or museums and as an accredited mentor, she provides work placement opportunities for skills development.
Trish has conducted research on aspects of Indigenous collections at major Australian museums, including the Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia, South Australian Museum, Melbourne Museum, Queensland Museum, University of Queensland Anthropology Museum and James Cook University Museum. She is currently completing her Masters research a collection that demonstrates misrepresentation and appropriation of Aboriginal cultures.
Trish co-curated Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest at the Queensland Art Gallery (2003 with Peter Denham). She contributed to the successful 'Dandiiri Maiwar: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures Centre' at the Queensland Museum, the 'Enchanted Rainforest' exhibit at Museum of Tropical Queensland, 'Binangar: Listening Place' at Cobb and Co Museum, and to the 'Woven Forms' touring exhibition with Object Gallery. She curated ‘Old ways, New ways’ exhibition 2007-08 that celebrated the 1967 Referendum and other focus displays at the Queensland Museum such as Message Sticks, Fish Hooks and Lockhart River Fibre Works.
Trish has contributed critiques of contemporary exhibitions and commentary on contemporary Indigenous art issues to journals such as Machine Magazine, World of Antiques and Art, Artery Magazine, Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Textile Fibre Forum and Art & Australia. Her interests within the arts focus on understanding and revealing the complex relationships between Indigenous Australian cultures and the art and material culture produced. She is passionate about research on Aboriginal historical and contemporary perspectives and embraces opportunities to collate information that will enhance public understanding. She is currently based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland campus in Townsville.
Queensland Historical Atlas
Research project synthesising cross-disciplinary approaches in history, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology and cultural geography to explore 'themes in the landscape' as a means to comprehend the diverse cultural and environmental histories of the State of Queensland.