I combine the past, present and future into all my work
— Nicole Monks

b.1981, Subiaco, Western AustraliA

Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage. Living and practicing in Redfern, Monks is informed by her cross-cultural identity and her work takes its focus from storytelling, as a way to connect the past with the present and future. Her designs take a conceptual approach, often embedded with narratives, and aim to promote cross-cultural understanding and communication.

A designer by trade, Monks crosses artforms to work with furniture and objects, textiles, video, installation and performance. Across these varied forms of contemporary art and design, her work reflects Aboriginal philosophies of sustainability, innovation and collaboration. With adeptness and sensitivity, Monk’s practice weaves together Aboriginal history and philosophy with contemporary Western thought and resonates with a wide Australian audience.

In addition to her solo practice, Monks is also well known for her success as a collaborative artist and as founder of blackandwhite creative.

In 2016, Monks won the Marika Memorial 3D Art Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin, Northern Territory, and is the recipient of the 2016 Arts NSW Design Mentorship Program. She is currently on the Design Advisory Panel for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and has been Committee Member and President on the Art Gallery of New South Wales’, Young Members Committee.

Emily Sullivan





Awards /


Wandjuk Marika memorial 3D Award

Fishers Ghost - Photographic Award

Fishers Ghost - Aboriginal art Award

Drift Insitillation Art Award

Sydney Design Award

UNSW Art & Design Residency

Accelerate Alumni




Australian National Maratime Museum


Art Gallery of NSW - Members

City of Sydney Council

University of Technology Sydney

City West Housing

Kluge-Ruhe, Virginia USA