Australia Day

26 January 2015

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Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM

Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM


Children's champion

Dr Barbara Piscitelli is a world leader in early childhood education. Her research explores cultural policy and childhood, young children's learning in museums, and visual arts education.

In 1986, Barbara established an archive of children's art from Queensland and the Asia Pacific region. Barbara also curated a dozen exhibitions of children's art which have shown in Australia, America, Canada, Vietnam and China. In 2004, the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children's Art Archive became part of Queensland's heritage in the John Oxley Library at the State Library of Queensland.

Barbara retired later that year and has been busy ever since with projects in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore America. Her most recent exhibition Children's Voices, which features children's views of their human rights through art, toured Australia for three years and is now also currently on display at the State Library of Queensland.

Barbara has served as Chair of the Queensland Ministerial Cultural Policy Advisory Committee (2004–05), an advisory body for the Minister for the Arts. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Queensland Museum and a Member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia. She was awarded a Member (General Division) of the Order of Australia on Australia Day in 2006.

Barbara has been a Queensland Australia Day Ambassador in 2011 for Maranoa Regional Council (Surat) and in 2012 for Torres Shire Council.