Marlene Chisholm is a community developer and educator whose Aboriginal families extend from the Ngukurr region in S.E Arnhem Land to Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria and across to the East Kimberley. Over her 40-year career Marlene has worked in a range of professions: adult education, primary school education, family liaison, curriculum and resource development, strategic planning and project management.
Marlene commenced work at Desart in 2013. As the Art Worker Program Manager, she provides mentoring, training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal Art Workers within the Desart art centre tri-state membership incorporating urban, remote and very remote locations. She is a conduit through which Aboriginal Art Workers are supported and strengthened to take control of their jobs and learning to establish themselves as professional art workers.
Marlene has a bachelor’s degree in teaching and learning and is an alumnus of the National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous Wesfarmers Leadership Program and the Australian Rural Leadership Milparanga Program. She has lived and worked in Alice Springs for nearly thirty years.