William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture
Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Cultural Material at the South Australian Museum. An international award winning author, his titles for children include The Game Day series with Patty Mills, Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids for children, and Sweet Guy, Calypso Summer and Songs that Sound Like Blood for young adults. Jared's writing explores the power of belonging and culture.
Jared has worked as a University of South Australia Communications lecturer with a specialisation in protocols for art and creative production that involves Aboriginal people and culture, and Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture, Arts SA. He currently serves on the Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Panel.
Jared is an Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and South Australian Premier's Reading Challenge.
Jared’s pursuits through the South Australian Museum explore new methodologies and models for engaging Aboriginal people and communities in the telling of their stories and the custodianship of their material culture.
BA University of Adelaide (1996)
PhD English, Creative Writing, The University of Adelaide (2011)
Aboriginal art, culture and representation; community engagement
1. ‘Game Day – Patty Hits the Court’ with Patty Mills Allen and Unwin 2017
2. ‘Game Day – Patty and the Shadows’ with Patty Mills Allen and Unwin 2017
3. ‘Game Day – Patty Takes Charge’ with Patty Mills Allen and Unwin 2017
4. ‘Songs that Sound like Blood’ Magabala Books 2016
5. ‘Calypso Summer’ Magabala Books 2013
6. ‘Dallas Davis the Scientist and the City Kids’ Oxford University Press 2011
7. 'Sweet Guy' IAD Press 2005
Papers and other publications
1. ‘Bla(c)ness in Australia’ Transition the Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora, no.126 Harvard University Guest Editor with Fernandes, Sujatha 2018
2. ‘Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures’ Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature no. 14 2014
3. 'Aboriginal Voices: Up front and Centre' Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature no.8 2008 (pp.138-147)
4. 'The Healing Tree' Macquarie Pen Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 2008
5. 'Leadership and Legacy: Second to None' Lowdown vol.30 no.2 April 2008
6. 'Into New Writing Territory' Newswrite: The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine no.180 August/September 2008 (pp.6-7)
7. 'Calypso Summers' Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 2007
8. 'Nanna's Beanies' Meanjin vol.65 no.1 Minter, Peter 2006
9. 'The Healing Tree' Meanjin vol.65 no.1 Minter, Peter 2006 (pp.13-18)
10. 'Love, Land and Money' DRAMA 2002
11. 'Flash Red Ford' DRAMA 1999
12. 'Lucy's Balloon' Painted words. Wakefield Press 1999