AGNSW launches Indigenous residency program - Art Collector

Rachel Piercey. Courtesy: AGNSW

9 May 2011 | Four young emerging Indigenous arts workers from New South Wales have been awarded a two-week funded residency at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The program is specifically tailored to address professional development needs in the state’s Aboriginal visual arts sector and is being run with the support of both the Federal and State Governments.

Like the National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous arts fellowship, which was launched last year, the AGNSW residency is aimed at increasing the number of Indigenous Australians in professional roles in the visual arts.

This year’s recipients are Kylie McNamara (25 years old) a curator at the Moree Plains Gallery, Tahjee Moar (19) a second year arts student, University of New South Wales, Clive Freeman (28) a freelance curator and project officer from Illawarra and Rachel Piercey (37) a public programs officer at Manning Regional Art Gallery. They will begin their residency on 16 May 2011.

Alongside their residency, the trainees will be given a chance to develop their own community-based project at a visual arts organisation in their region. They will also be assigned an Indigenous mentor.

The inaugural recipients were chosen by AGNSW curators Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones with Amanda Peacock the gallery’s coordinator of Indigenous art education programs.

Jane O'Sullivan

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