Ms Nic Brown

Collections Curator

Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement

+61 8 82012695
place Social Sciences North (007)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Nic Brown graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art with Honours in 2008 and received a Graduate Certificate in Art History from The University of Adelaide in 2010. She joined Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery in 2009 and as Collections Manager is responsible for managing and promoting the University’s extensive art collections through research and writing, public talks, academic programs, exhibitions and artist residencies.

Brown was editor-in-chief for the book Speak to me: conversations with the Flinders University art collections (2016) and is a regular contributor to Art Collector magazine. Brown guest lectures in Contemporary Indigenous Art and Museum and Curatorial Practice at Adelaide Central School of Art and Flinders University and in 2015 she was Lecturer in Australian Indigenous Art at Adelaide Central School of Art. She curated Divinity, death and nature: European and Australian prints from the Flinders University Art Museum collection (2010) and was curatorial manager for the exhibitions Crystal Palace (2013) curated by Lisa Harms and Patrick Pound: thinking through things (2016).

Brown’s interest in institutional collections and associated cultural and environmental histories extends into her artistic practice where she has undertaken projects with The British School at Rome, Country Arts SA, Sauerbier House Culture Exchange and Adelaide Botanic Garden, supported by awards and grants from the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Helpmann Academy, Adelaide City Council and Arts SA. In 2016 she founded Lounge Room Studio, a platform that supports Adelaide based artist-mothers, and has held previous studio memberships at Fontanelle (2012-14) and Hedgemaze (2009-10).

  • 2010 Graduate Certificate, Art History, The University of Adelaide
  • 2008 Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), Adelaide Central School of Art
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2016 Artist-in-residence, Sauerbier House Culture Exchange
  • 2014 Australian Experimental Art Foundation Studio Residency at The British School at Rome
  • 2013 Arts SA Public Art and Design Grant (Forestal)
  • 2013 Finalist, Adelaide Fringe Bank SA Award, Best Visual Art and Design (Forestal)
  • 2013 Finalist, Adelaide Fringe Eran Svigos Award for Best Visual Art (Forestal)
  • 2011 Gordon Darling Foundation Travel Grant (collection storage research)
  • 2010 SALife Emerging Artist Award, South Australian Living Artist Festival (Glasslands)
  • 2010 Finalist, Best Exhibition by a Collective, Adelaide Fringe Festival (Hedgemaze)
  • 2009 Artist-in-residence, Carclew, KidZone, WOMADelaide
  • 2009 Kidman Watercolour Prize, Kidman Art Show, Rotary Club of Kapunda
  • 2007 Scholarship, Adelaide Central School of Art
  • 2007 Artist-in-residence, Carclew, KidZone, WOMADelaide
Research expertise
Art theory and criticism
Curatorial and related studies
Teaching interests
  • Australian art history and theory
  • Museum and curatorial practice

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