Fiona Foley

Dr Fiona Foley

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022


Dr. Foley is a Senior Lecturer at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Her publication titled Biting the Clouds: A Badtjala perspective on the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, 1897 was published by the University of Queensland Press (UQP) in 2020. Biting the Clouds was awarded the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance in September 2021. Fiona Foley was awarded The Inaugural Monica Clare Research Fellowship 2020 by the State Library of Queensland. This opportunity resulted in the publication Bogimbah Creek Mission: The First Aboriginal Experiment, released 4 November 2021.

Her new photographic series on this subject titled The Magna Carta Tree was received with significant interest and featured in a major retrospective exhibition called Veiled Paradise at QUT Art Museum, 2021 (currently touring to McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Queensland). Foley exhibits regularly in Australia and internationally. Her major public art commissions include Bluewater Trail Public Art, Mackay (2008), Black Opium, State Library of Queensland (2006), Witnessing to Silence, Brisbane Magistrates Court (2004), The Lie of the Land, Melbourne Museum (1997), and Edge of the Trees, Museum of Sydney (1995).

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.