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John Waight


John Waight was appointed Head of First Peoples Programs at the National Arts School (NAS) on 21 February, 2022. John is from the Mangarayi people whose country is just outside Katherine. He has worked as Curator and Liaison Officer at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and in Darwin was Manager of the Maningrida Arts and Culture Shop, and Curator of Aboriginal Art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, where he delivered the 29th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Most recently he was Artists in the Black Coordinator at the Arts Law Centre of Australia, and completed his Masters of Curation and Cultural Leadership at UNSW. John also sits on a number of cultural boards and committees, including Artback NT, Create NSW MultiArts, MAAS Indigenous Reference Committee, and the Sydney Culture Network.

As Head of First Peoples Programs at NAS, John will lead the development and coordination of First Peoples academic, community and public programs, policies and curricula. The role provides important leadership for First Peoples engagement and public advocacy at NAS, including the development of courses, student welfare and professional practice.

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