Maree Clarke: 2020 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship

    27 May 2020


    Image caption: Maree Clarke at Melbourne Now.

    Maree Clarke: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship

    Maree Clarke is a Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/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. 

    Maree is known for her open and collaborative approach to cultural practice. She consistently works in intergenerational collaboration to revive dormant cultural knowledge – and uses technology to bring new audiences to contemporary southeast Aboriginal arts. 

    Her joy and her rigour in these endeavours is experienced by all who work with her. 

    In 1988 Maree became the curator of the Koorie Heritage Trust where she mentored First Nations art practitioners in Victoria.

    Maree has been the Indigenous Curator at Wyndham Art Gallery for the past 4 years and has led a contingent of south eastern First Nations artists to share their work in Ottawa, Canada as part of a cross cultural project. 

    Maree’s own practice has been created around these roles, with her exhibitions and extensive photographic archives enjoyed by many. 

    This Fellowship will allow Maree to dedicate herself to the full-time research and development of her upcoming survey, Re imagining Culture - Bloodlines. This major survey will be exhibited across three galleries at the National Gallery of Victoria.

    The project will see her continuing to collaborate with artists across generations in both Australia and Canada. It will be shown in a variety of mediums and will attest to the power of cultural reclamation.

    Learn more about the Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

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