Jessyca Hutchens

Art historian

Jessyca is a Palyku woman, living and working in Boorloo (Perth), Western Australia. She is an art historian DPhil in Art History at the University of Oxford and is the curator at the Berndt Museum, a major collection of Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander art and material culture at the University of Western Australia. Jessyca researches on contemporary Indigenous art, and issues related to museums and material culture, and has written on related topics for many art magazines, journals, catalogues and for the book Indigenous Archives: The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art (2017). She has recently worked as a Curatorial Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Biennale of Sydney, where she worked on a landmark Indigenous-led exhibition, NIRIN, for which she also co-edited an award-winning artist book, NIRIN NGAAY.

As a member of the Oxford First Peoples Collective, she helped to organize interdisciplinary events promoting Indigenous knowledges, scholarship and politics, and worked as a lecturer in Global Art History and Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, where she designed and taught a new course on contemporary global art histories. Jessyca is a co-founder and editor of the online journal of artistic research oarplatform.com which provides a platform for experimental and creative research methods.