The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.



Fiona MacDonald

NAG Collection Artist

Fiona MacDonald attended the College of Art, Brisbane and received a Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. She began exhibiting in Sydney in the mid-1980s at Hogarth Gallery and then at Mori Gallery in Catherine Street in Leichhardt and Day Street in Sydney City and is represented by The Cross Art Projects in Kings Cross in Sydney.

MacDonald often works with regional archives, collections and communities to think through global history from a local perspective. She has undertaken several commissions and residencies working with and interpreting museums and their collection. In addition, Rockhampton born Fiona MacDonald has developed an art practice based on her close ties to her hometown that straddles the local/regional and the metropolitan/global. Since 1993 has researched archives and collections in Rockhampton and Central Queensland to create a ‘portrait of a people’ living in a mid-sized Australian town over time.