Margo Neale is Senior Research Fellow of the NMA (National Museum of Australia) and principal adviser to the Director on Indigenous Matters. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Australian National University’s Centre for Indigenous History.
At Framer Framed, Neale was a guest speaker for the debate The View of Self on indigenous representation and identity politics, organised in cooperation with Australian art magazine Artlink, the National Museum of Australia and AAMU – Museum for contemporary Aboriginal art.
An Indigenous person from Queensland, she has published widely: co- editor of The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art & Culture; Urban Dingo: the Art and Life of Lin Onus and Emily Kame Kngwarreye – Alhalkere –Paintings from Utopia 1986; Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Utopia: the genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye 2008.
Neale is a distinguished curator including as Senior Curator at the Queensland Art Gallery through the 1980s and 1990s where she curated dozens of major exhibitions and worked as a key team member on the Asia Pacific Triennials.
Since taking up the position at the NMA in Canberra Dr. Neale has worked with the Australian National University’s Centre for Cross Cultural Research on projects including Art & Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific: The limits of Tolerance; Unsettling history: Australian Indigenous modes of historical practice; and The other within, examining Indigenous and multicultural displays in contemporary museums.
The exhibition of Emily Kame Kngwarreye paintings curated by Margo Neale, which toured to Osaka and Tokyo in 2008, is the biggest most comprehensive single artist exhibition to travel internationally from Australia. A film, Emily in Japan was made about this project. It is the story of the making of this landmark exhibition, with all of the complex cross-cultural transactions that were involved – from the red desert of central Australia where Emily lived, to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, where the exhibition was curated, and to the high end of the art world in Japan.