Dr. Bronwyn Bancroft is a proud Bundjalung Woman and Artist. Bronwyn has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 3 decades.


Bronwyn has illustrated and/or written 41 children’s books.


Bronwyn has been a Director of her own company, Designer Aboriginals Pty Ltd since 1985.


Bronwyn holds positions with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (Director) and Commonwealth Bank Indigenous Advisory Council. Bronwyn has been a volunteer senior strategist at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative since 2009.


Bronwyn has a Diploma of Visual Arts from Canberra School of Art, 2 Masters degrees, one in Studio Practice and the other in Visual Art, University of Sydney. Bronwyn was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in 2018.


Selected collection acquisitions:


National Gallery of Australia, Macquarie University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, International House, University of Sydney, Parliament House Art Collection, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, Australian Museum and Artbank, as well as in overseas collections such as Newark Museum USA, Prime Minister of Turkey, The Kelton Foundation USA, Volkerkunde Museum, Germany and Westpac USA.

Selected CV

2009 - 2018 DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, University of Sydney/University of Western Sydney

2006 MASTER OF ARTS IN PAINTING, University of Sydney

2003 MASTER  OF STUDIO PRACTICE, The University of Sydney

1976 - 1980 DIPLOMA VISUAL ARTS, Canberra School of Arts

1985 – Pres PROPRIETOR/DESIGNER/ARTIST: Designer Aboriginals, Balmain, Sydney NSW

2007 – Pres DIRECTOR: Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

2014 – Pres BOARD MEMBER: Commonwealth Bank Indigenous Advisory Council

2017- Pres COMMITTEE MEMBER: Create NSW Aboriginal Protocols

2018 - Pres SENIOR STRATEGIST: Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative (volunteer)

2016 - 2019  DIRECTOR: Arts Law

2010 - 2017 DIRECTOR: Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

2008 - 2017 BOARD MEMBER: Copyright Agency


WRITER/ILLUSTRATOR: Coming Home to Country

SPEAKER: Nuit des Idees, Byron Bay, Create NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Exchange Webinar, City of Gold Coast Discussion Panel “Understanding Copyright for Indigenous Artists”, IMAGI – NATION {TV}, AIME, The University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery.

AWARDS:  University of Sydney Graduate Medal, The Sister Alison Bush Medal for contribution to the Indigenous Community; Nomination - Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award; REAL Awards Shortlist - Coming Home to Country

EXHIBITIONS: Not Young or Free, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative; WHOSE STORY IS THIS?..anyway! A dialogue between Chinese and Australian Women Artists, China Cultural Centre, Sydney

COMMISSIONS: Quit for New Life, NSW Health; Teaching and Support Unit Artwork, Health Education and Training Institute


JUDGE: Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award


SPEAKER: Moriah War Memorial College, CBCA Preparing for NAIDOC Week at the State Library of NSW, Byron Bay Writers Festival

AWARDS: Finalist - 2019 International Book Awards (Children's Picture Book: Hard Cover Fiction), Shortlisted - Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year.

EXHIBITIONS: Riverstones and Ramifications, Lismore Regional Gallery (solo exhibition); Bundjalung Abundance, Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay; For Country, For Nation, Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition, Living Language: Country Culture Community, State Library of New South Wales; Warriors for the EnvironmentVoice Treaty Truth; Healing Ourselves, Healing our Country; Anarchy and Alchemy, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

COMMISSIONS: American Australian Association; ABC's Play School; Chief Minister's Reading Challenge; Health Direct Australia "Respecting the Difference"; Hardie Grant Reconciliation Action Plan; State Library of NSW; Paddington Uniting Church


SPEAKER: Boomalli Ten: In Conversation, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Carey Literature Festival, Melbourne, Monte Saint Angelo Biamunga Yarn Up, Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference; Rosary Primary School; Quenbeyan High School; Chapman Primary School


COLLABORATOR: Mentoring: The key to a fairer world 

AWARDS: Notable Australian Children's Books Shapes of Australia

EXHIBITIONS: Re-imagine - the world according to children's books, Geelong GalleryFor Country, For Nation, Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition, ArtBar July 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Stories and Structures: Aboriginal art meets the microscopic world, University of SydneyPassion, Power Politics, Postgraduate Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts (solo exhibition); Boomalli Members Exhibition; Born into Existence, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

COMMISSIONS: Australian Embassy, Beijing Chinese New Year; School Magazine; IAG; NSW Teachers Federation; University of Sydney; Private commission; Office of Environment and Heritage


Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Commission, ACT

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of Western Australia


Australian Museum, NSW

Australian Taxation Office

Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Santa Monica California, USA

City of Sydney

Dromkeen Collection of Australian Children's Literature

Flinders University, Adelaide SA

Governor of Tokyo, His Excellency Mr Suzuki

His Highness Sheikka Jameela Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah

Kelton Foundation, USA

Macquarie University Collection

Maritime Museum, Sydney NSW

Moree Plains Gallery, NSW

Myer, Ballieu (private collection)

National Gallery of Australia, ACT

National Museum of Australia, ACT

New England Regional Art Museum

New York Public Library Print Collection

Newark Museum, Newark, America

Parliament House Art Collection

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

Prime Minister of Turkey

Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland University of Technology

Prime Ministers Department and Cabinet

Sister City Ngoya Collection

State Library of NSW

State Library of Victoria

University of Sydney, NSW

University of Technology, Broadway Campus/ Kuring-gai Campus, NSW

Völkerkunde Museum, Frankfurt Germany

Westpac, New York USA

Wollongong University, NSW

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