Blak Douglas

Blak Douglas is a distinguished keynote speaker and artist who captivates audiences with engaging talks and performances that challenge perceptions and inspire a collective path forward. Born Adam Douglas Hill in 1970 in Blacktown, NSW, he was raised in a culturally rich environment with a Dhungatti father and a Caucasian mother, boasting a heritage that includes English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. In 2014, he adopted the moniker 'Blak Douglas' to honor his diverse genealogies.

A 1994 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Sydney Nepean, Blak Douglas developed his unique style in the arts under the influence of a family of artisans, dedicating himself to painting themes deeply rooted in politics and social justice. His art has not only won him prestigious awards like the Kilgour Prize in 2019, the STILL Award in 2020, and the Archibald Prize in 2022, but also widespread recognition in exhibitions across prestigious venues including the National Gallery of Australia and the TARNANTHI festival.

His works are held in numerous esteemed collections such as the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Museum of Australia, and the Taipei Museum, among others. Beyond his visual arts practice, Blak Douglas is also a classically trained player of the Yidaki (Didgeridoo), with performances at significant events like the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony and the welcome event for Nelson Mandela.

Blak Douglas bridges cultural divides, enriching cultural understanding through his art and music. His compelling presentations leave audiences enlightened and ready to embrace a shared future, making him an influential figure in both the art world and in cultural discourse.

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