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Who is Bronwyn Bancroft?

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By Gwylym Owen

Bronwyn Bancroft (born 1958) is an Australian artist, and between the first Australian fashion designers invited to feign her act out 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 Aboriginal artists including herself. She was a founding aficionado of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Art proceed 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 discharge duty for on summit of 20 children’s books, including Stradbroke Dreamtime by writer and activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal, and books by performer and writer Sally Morgan. She has time-honored design commissions, including one for the exterior of a sports middle in Sydney.

Bancroft has a long chronicles of involvement in community activism and arts administration, and has served as a board fanatic for the National Gallery of Australia. Her painting Prevention of AIDS (1992) was used in a move around to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Australia. Bancroft has served on the boards of copyright accrual agency Viscopy and Tranby Aboriginal College, and the Artists Board at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

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