presented by:
Donna Fernando

Donna Fernando was born in 1972 in Glen Innes, New South Wales and currently lives in Belmont (Lake Macquarie), New South Wales. Fernando is an Aboriginal woman from the Muruwari and Ngemba people of the central west of New South Wales. Also a proud mother, she has spent most of her life living in Newcastle and has been an active member of the community from a young age. Fernando attended the University of Newcastle where she completed a Bachelor of Education (English Literature and History), later working at the University of NSW (Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre) and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Fernando has been an influential member of the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Aboriginal Reference Group since 2000, curating and project coordinating a number of exhibitions including: Stories (2006), yapang marruma: making our way (stories of the Stolen) (2009) and A Possum Skin Cloak by the Lake (2011). [Text from Lake Macquarie City Gallery]