Curator - First Peoples at Australian National Maritime Museum, Australia
Helen Anu is a Dhoeyam woman of the largest clan of Saibai Island in the Torres Strait Islands, Australia. Her Clan Wind is Zay Gub (South West Wind) and her totems are Samu (Cassowary) and Suy (Black-winged Stilt). Helen has worked as a cultural practitioner in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Culture and Media Sector for 25 years. She is the Curator – First Peoples, at the Australian National Maritime Museum and in 2017 co-curated the museum’s important Gapu-Monuk Saltwater: Journey to Sea Country exhibition which highlighted the story of the historic Saltwater bark painting Collection and told the landmark story of Indigenous sea rights.
Join Helen at Communicating the Arts in Montreal this October! As an Indigenous curator, she will share her best practices when working with Indigenous Collections in a case study “Our Stories – Our Voices:Indigenous Curators working with a unique Indigenous Collection and their communities”.