Artist and illustrator
Bronwyn Bancroft is a Djanbun clan member of the Bundjalung Nation. In a career spanning over three decades, Bronwyn has participated in hundreds of exhibitions, both solo and group, within Australia and overseas. Overseas collections that have acquired her work are Newark Museum USA, Prime Minister of Turkey, The Kelton Foundation USA, Volkerkunde Museum, Germany and Westpac USA, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London. National and state collections include National Gallery of Australia, Macquarie University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, City of Sydney, Australian Museum and Artbank.
Bronwyn has a diverse artistic practice including public art commissions and imagery design for private commission. Examples include the Royal North Shore Hospital atrium shaft lift (2012), Tempe Reserve mural (2006) and promotional imagery for 2000 Olympics (IBM). Bronwyn illustrated her first children's book, The Fat and Juicy Place in 1992. Since then, Bronwyn has authored and/or illustrated 40 children’s books, which are constantly shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Annual Awards for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. Bronwyn was the Australian finalist for the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Excellence in Children’s Book Illustration in 1994.
In 2010 Bronwyn was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction for her book Why I Love Australia and in the same year received the Dromkeen Medal for her contribution to Australian Literature. In 2016, Bronwyn was the Australian Finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award (Illustrator). Bronwyn currently holds board positions with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Commonwealth Bank RAP Committee, Arts Law, and Copyright Agency.
Bronwyn is constantly involved in activism for New South Wales Aboriginal Artists, particularly in her role at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Bronwyn has a Diploma of Visual Arts; two master's degrees from the University of Sydney, one in studio practice and the other in visual art. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney. Bronwyn looks forward to contributing her thoughts to Borrowed Voice: Freedom of Expression vs Cultural Appropriation.
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