Bronwyn Bancroft (born 1958) is an Indigenous Australian artist,
notable for being the first Australian fashion designer invited to show
her work in Paris. Born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, and trained in
Canberra and Sydney, Bancroft worked as a fashion designer, and is an
artist, illustrator, and arts administrator. In 1985 Bancroft
established a shop called Designer Aboriginals, selling fabrics made by
Indigenous artists including herself. She was a founding member of
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Art work by Bancroft is held
by the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South
Wales and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She has provided art
work for over 20 children's books, including Stradbroke Dreaming by
writer and activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal and books by artist and writer
Sally Morgan. She has also received design commissions, including one
for the exterior of a sports centre in Sydney. With a long history of
involvement in community activism and arts administration, Bancroft has
served as a board member for the National Gallery of Australia. Her
painting Prevention of AIDS (1992) was used in a campaign to raise
awareness of HIV/AIDS in Australia. As of 2010, Bancroft sits on the
boards of copyright collection agency Viscopy and Tranby Aboriginal
College, as well as being on the Artists Board at the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Sydney.
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