Sharni Jones is an Aboriginal woman from the Kabi Kabi and Waka Waka Nations of south east Queensland on her maternal side. Sharni spent her formative years in the Illawarra region of NSW – the traditional homelands of the Dharawal people, where her family still resides.
She has deep knowledge of and extensive engagement in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural sector, with specialisations in contemporary visual arts practice, strategic policy development and stakeholder engagement. She is a highly-networked facilitator with 20 years of professional practice.
Sharni is the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection, Australian Museum in Sydney. Previously, Sharni managed the strategic development and implementation of the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy 2015-18 Connection, Culture Pathways as the Senior Aboriginal Cultural Development Officer at Arts NSW and has held other government agency positions in the NSW Department of Education, TAFE NSW and NSW Heath.
Her qualifications include a Master of Arts Administration (College of Fine Arts UNSW), Bachelor of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Northern Sydney Institute).
Sharni has participated on a range of committees including the Carriageworks Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Reforms Interagency Working Group led by the Office of Environment and Heritage, the Senior Executive Committee led by Aboriginal Affairs, the Australia Council for the Arts – Arts Leadership Reference Group, the National Arts and Cultural Accord Indigenous Art and Culture Working Group and board membership at Information and Cultural Exchange, Parramatta (2012-2013) and Regional Arts NSW (2017-current).
She is passionate advocate for First Peoples arts-led practice, fostering and championing practice through leadership, excellence and exchange.
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