Carmichael has been announced as the inaugural
recipient of the
Macquarie Group First Nations Emerging Curator Award.
The award was
announced at a special ceremony in Sydney at Macquarie Group’s global
headquarters, attended by more than 100 guests.
is offered under a new partnership between Macquarie Group and the Australia
Council for the Arts to support an inspirational First Nations emerging visual
arts curator in their professional development and practice.
woman, belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay, Ms Carmichael has
worked broadly across the Indigenous visual arts sector. In 2014, she received
the Australia Council’s emerging curatorial fellowship. Since then, she has
curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions including the major exhibition Gathering Strands at Redland Art Gallery
Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Lydia Miller, said it was hoped the award would
increase the profile of First Nations art, both in Australia and
internationally, and highlight the importance of investing in our curators.
Carmichael has clearly demonstrated her curatorial flair and her passion for
Indigenous visual arts. That Ms Carmichael was selected from a highly
competitive pool of applicants is testament to the strong success she has
already shown as a curator, and a recognition of her potential to develop even
further,” Ms Miller said.
recipient of the award, Ms Carmichael will receive $15,000 and the opportunity
to curate a new exhibition in 2018, as well as undertake invaluable professional
development overseas. Ms Carmichael will also have the opportunity to be
mentored by the Macquarie Group Collection Director and Curatorial Consultant
and a Senior First Nations curator.
The Macquarie Group First Nations Emerging Curator Award was
established to celebrate the 30th
Anniversary of the Macquarie Group Collection, and marks the 50th
Anniversary year of the 1967 Referendum.
Australia Council’s partnership with Macquarie Group is part of a broader
strategy to encourage arts investment from diverse sources and to leverage its
unique position and expertise to benefit Australian artists and audiences.
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