The fifth History Salon features Gary Foley in conversation with Kirstyn Lindsay.


Gary Foley was born in Grafton, northern NSW, and is of Gumbainggir descent. Expelled from school aged 15, Foley went to Sydney as an apprentice draughtsperson. He was then involved in the establishment of the first Aboriginal self-help and survival organisations including Redfern’s Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Health Service in Melbourne, and National Black Theatre.


Later in life, Foley completed his BA with first class honours in History in 2002. Between 2005 and 2008 he was a lecturer/tutor in the Education Faculty of University of Melbourne. In 2012 he completed at PhD in History at the University of Melbourne for which he won the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. He has worked at Victoria University since 2008, where he was appointed Professor of History in 2015.


Professor Foley will be talking about pivotal moments in his activist, academic and creative career. Hosted by Kirstyn Lindsay.


Where: Bombini Buzz Bar, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Promenade, Melbourne
Wednesday 19 September, 6-7pm
How Much: 
Free, but RSVP essential here







A living encyclopaedia of Blak Arts in Australia.


Our Elders created the opportunities we have today. We come from a 70,000+ year lineage of artists in this country, but we have very little written record of the heroes and mavericks that paved the way for Indigenous contemporary arts in Australia.


In honour of our traditions and ways of knowledge transfer, we gather, we listen and acknowledge the hard work that defined, inspired and transformed generations of Indigenous arts practice. The History Salon celebrates and shares stories from our Elders, informing new generations of their place in a long lineage of artistic practice.