Biographies

Thea Anamara Perkins:

Thea Anamara Perkins: 2020 Dreaming Award for an Emerging Artist

27 May 2020

Thea Anamara Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman. Raised and based in Sydney, she has family ties to the Redfern commuoknity and engages with the area through her painting and installation practice. In 2018 she was a lead artist participating in the restoration of the iconic 40,000 Years mural in Redfern.

SJ Norman

SJ Norman: 2020 Emerging and Experimental Arts Fellowship

27 May 2020

SJ Norman was born on Gadigal lands, and has a Wiradjuri and Anglo-Celtic heritage. He is a fearless experimenter, a rigorous researcher, a critically engaged maker and a formidable performer. SJ’s practice spans installation, sculpture, fiction, essays, poetry, video, sound and performance, including significant pieces of durational work. His practice is both unique and vital to contemporary Australian art and critical discourse.

Lydia Fairhall

Lydia Fairhall: 2020 Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship

27 May 2020

Lydia Fairhall is a Woromi woman. She is a theatre and film producer, a community arts and cultural development practitioner, a writer, an artistic director, a musician and more. She has programmed and produced countless shows, for the likes of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Brown Cabs, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Footscray Community Arts Centre and more, as well as taking titles such as JACK CHARLES V. The CROWN to international audiences.

Maree Clarke

Maree Clarke: 2020 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship

27 May 2020

Maree Clarke is a Yorta Yorta/WambaWamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung woman. She is an independent multi-disciplinary artist  and curator, with a 30 year history of working in the contemporary and cultural First Nations arts sector. Maree is a leading possum skin artist, also working with kangaroo teeth, echidna quills, glass, photography and more.

Djon Mundine OAM

Djon Mundine OAM: 2020 Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement

27 May 2020

Djon Mundine is a Bandjalung man. He is a foundational figure in Australian art. He is an intellectual, an activist, and a cultural leader. He is a fierce advocate and a driving force, consistently contributing to the development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia, and internationally. Djon was art and craft adviser at Milingimbi in 1979, and curator at Bula-Bula Arts in Ramingining in Arnhem Land Aboriginal communities for sixteen years.

Alison Milyika Carroll: Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement

Alison Milyika Carroll: 2020 Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement

27 May 2020

Alison Milyika Carroll is a senior Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara woman. She is an accomplished artist and a significant cultural leader. Alison’s artistic practice, spanning batik, ceramics and painting, is highly respected. Her artwork communicates both Walka (design) and Tjukurpa (Law, Story and Dreaming).

Vanessa Elliott

Vanessa Elliott

16 March 2020

Vanessa is a Jaru woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) who has lived and worked in Perth since 2002. Vanessa is most known for intercultural planning, capacity development and timely stakeholder engagement and communications.

Nickeema Williams

Nickeema Williams

16 March 2020

Nickeema is a Kuku Yalanji / Koa and Miriam artist and community arts practitioner based in Woorabinda, Queensland (QLD). Her background is in youth and community services and she is committed to empowering community through arts and community development.

Birrunga Wiradyuri

Birrunga Wiradyuri

16 March 2020

Birrunga Wiradyuri (formerly Robert Henderson) is a Wiradyuri man Birrunga. He is the founder and principal artist of the multi award winning Birrunga Gallery and Dining in Brisbane’s CBD, dedicated to fulfilling his cultural responsibilities, following and practicing the central Wiradyuri law of Yindyamarra. Birrunga is a practicing visual artist whose narrative works explore the spirituality of the Wiradyuri people, in historical and contemporary contexts.

Zane Saunders

Zane Saunders

12 March 2020

Zane Saunders is from the Aboriginal of Butchulla, Kunggari and Yiman people of Southern Queensland (QLD), and currently lives in Kuranda North QLD. Cross media artist Zane drives a very singular performance and installation agenda. His work is influenced from cultural references, using sound, media and contemporary concepts. Zane crafts one-off performances embedded in story and location.

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