Tess Allas has worked in the field of Aboriginal visual arts and community cultural development since the early 1990s and has a Masters in Curatorship and Modern Art from the University of Sydney (Australia). Tess worked as the Storylines Research Officer at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW from 2006 to 2009 where she wrote and commissioned over 600 Aboriginal artists biographies. She is currently employed as an Associate Lecturer at the School of Art History and Art Education at COFA. Tess initiated and facilitates an Aboriginal printmaking residency program at COFA and works as a freelance curator and arts writer and has written for a number of key Australian arts journals and exhibition catalogues. In 2011 she was awarded an Indigenous Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW to investigate the collecting history of Indigenous shell-worked objects.