Glenn Barry has connections with the Gamilaraay - the First Nation peoples of North Western NSW and
Western Qld. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours. Growing up on the
Gold Coast, Glenn is well-known and respected across most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services. He is
proud to be recognised as someone who contributes to the local and national communities.
Competent in providing leadership and administration services, Glenn has over 10 years’ experience in the
secondary and tertiary sector (TAFE and University) as well as nearly 20 years’ experience as an artist and 15
years as a Chef/Hospitality. His focus has been in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services across the
specialised educational arena. He is aware of the wide-ranging circumstances that affect, challenge and also
benefit all with First Nation concepts and looks to his elders for advice in complex situations.
His passions include cultural learning through tactile connections. He has had connections and appointments
in places including rural QLD: Torres Strait Islands, Bamaga and NSW: Moree, as well as across remote
Indonesia, Japan, USA and the Pacific Islands. He is a respected community member of the Murri Court for 7
years (QLD Magistrates) system and is also Deputy Chair of Griffith University’s Council of Elders. In 2018, he
was selected as the Indigenous representative with the Swell Festival as a board of director. He was part of
Festival 2018, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with Wearable Arts.
Glenn is passionate about the development and delivery of Cultural Mindfulness programs that a third space
for new ways of being that allow the integration of new customs, taking into account the barriers, as a way of
moving forward. His methodology incorporates process, perspective and narratives as research that enquires
into notions of self-description and self-determination.