Blaklash Beginnings

BlakLash Collective was established in 2016 as an all female, all Aboriginal, curatiorial trio focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artist engagement. The team has diverse and expansive experience in the Gallery, Library and Museums (GLAM) sector and are passionate about creating platforms to showcase First Nations stories through art. 


BlakLash Collective was committed to;

  • Actively pursuing new platforms to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art

  • Advocating for representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in mainstream creative projects

  • Ensuring cultural and intellectual property is recognised and articulated correctly

  • Increased employment opportunities for First Nations artists

  • Advocating for rights and fair payment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists 

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PLEASE NOTE : BlakLash Collective no longer operates as a partnership business. We continue to support and advocate for each others career aspirations. Amanda, Freja and Katina continue their success as individuals within the arts and cultural sector. 




  • Exhibition curation

  • Artist referrals

  • Community consultation

  • Research

  • Critical and creative writing​

  • Arts management

  • Grant assessment

  • Lectures, talks and tours

  • Exhibition Installation

  • Professional consultancy

Meet the team

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Katina Davidson

Katina Davidson has links to Purga Mission, with cultural connections to the Kullilli and Yuggera people. Katina has a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a curator and an emerging artist. 


In 2015, Katina was the recipient of the Wesfarmers Indigenous Public Programming Fellowship at the National Gallery of Australia, and in 2017 she was a part of Australia Council for the Arts' Venice Biennale Professional Development Program. 


Currently, Katina works full-time as the Assistant Curator, Australian Indigenous Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery Of Modern Art.


Katina Davidson LinkedIn

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Amanda Hayman

Amanda Hayman grew up in Logan city and has cultural connections to Kalkadoon and Wakka Wakka Country. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Contemporary Art.


From 2015-2017, Amanda was in a managerial position within state government, leading community engagement, exhibitions and events. She's also a Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership alumni.


Currently, Amanda spends the majority of her time managing and delivering events and creative activations, under BlakLash ProjectsAmanda also works part-time at Logan Art Gallery.


Amanda Hayman LinkedIn

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Freja Carmichael

Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. Freja has a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Master of Museum Studies. ​


In 2014, she received an Australia Council for the Arts emerging curatorial fellowship and was awarded the 2016 National Gallery of Australia International Indigenous Arts fellowship.


Currently, Freja is visiting curator at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, the inaugural Macquarie Group collection first nations emerging curator. Freja also works part-time at Redlands Art Gallery.


Headshot photographs by LaVonne Bobongie 2018