The Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship is awarded every two years to two Indigenous Australians. Applications for the next Fellowship round will open in 2015.
The Fellowship award is $50 000 for a project in a Fellow’s personal field of expertise or interest. The project may encompass any aspect of visual arts management and must be of value to the National Gallery of Australia —marketing, finance, print and online publishing, digital asset management, sponsorship and fundraising, curatorial, project management, education, conservation, public programs, human resource management, governance, retail etc.
Fellows also participate in the Indigenous Leadership program. Fellows will enjoy an ongoing connection with the Gallery, Wesfarmers Arts, and past Fellowship and Leadership networks to build connections, share knowledge and experiences
The two inaugural Fellowships each valued at $50,000 were awarded to:
Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia–Perth, Western Australia, for his project Digital directions: Indigenous Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia collection.
Jirra Lulla Harvey
Managing Director, Kalinya Communications–Melbourne, Victoria, for her project Indigenous communication strategy for the National Gallery of Australia
The two current Fellows are:
Bradley Harkin, Exhibition Installer at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
Bradley Harkin was a participant of the 2011 leadership program and formed a relationship with the NGA that extended beyond the program. In May 2012 he spent two weeks with the exhibition installation team working on unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial exhibition and his fellowship project will build on this experience. Harkin will work with the Travelling Exhibition Department to install unDisclosed in three locations across Australia.
Kevin O'Brien, Architect at Kevin O’Brien Architects, Brisbane
Kevin O’Brien is a Churchill Fellow and in 2011 participated in the British Council ACCELERATE program. He will contribute towards an Indigenous design strategy for travelling exhibitions. “I want to develop exhibition design strategies that convey the presence of the Aboriginal community, and the telling of our stories through the visual arts.”
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