BA/LLB (MacqU), MFA (UCLA), LLM (UMelb)
Shevaun is a practising artist and lawyer with expertise in the fine arts as well as commercial and construction law. Her areas of specialty include infrastructure projects and arts related legal issues. Shevaun is passionate about empowering First Nations people to thrive in both the public and private sectors through legal advocacy, broader community training and innovative contractual solutions.
Shevaun was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2008 after graduating from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. Since then, Shevaun has completed a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne in 2010, Master of Art at the University of New South Wales in 2012 and Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2019 majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
She undertook her studies at UCLA as the 2017 Australian Cultural (Tim Fairfax AC and Australia Council of the Arts) John Monash Scholar. In 2022 Shevaun was also admitted to the California bar. She has practiced law in both the United States and Australia and been exhibited internationally, winning the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize in 2015. Her work on legal aesthetics is the subject of several publications.
Shevaun draws upon her Aboriginal heritage in her art and broader community projects. She has participated in many fellowships, residencies and group exhibitions alongside First Nations artists in both Canada, Germany and the United States. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Countess Report that examines gender and First Nations representation within Australian contemporary visual arts. She is passionate about expanding the growing field of legal aesthetics that explores the relationship between the law and art, particularly from an Indigenous perspective. When she is not immersed in art, Shevaun loves boxing, travel and hiking, and in her spare time can be found spoiling her beloved schnauzer.