Fiona Hall wins Australia Council prize - Art Collector

16 March 2012 | The Australia Council has awarded its highest honours, the Visual Arts Laureate Award and the Laureate Medal, to two of the Australian art world’s most recognisable names – artist Fiona Hall and museum director Ron Radford.

Hall receives $40,000 in acknowledgment for her achievements as a visual artist and her contribution to the development of Australian art. With a career now spanning four decades, her work is represented in every major public art collection in Australia. The award follows on from Hall’s major win in the Melbourne Art Foundation’s Awards for the Visual Arts last year.

Director of the National Gallery of Australia Ron Radford received the Laureate Medal for his contribution to the development of the Australian cultural sector. In over 30 years of working in the art museum profession in Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, he has been responsible for the acquisition of approximately 15,000 works of art and has personally curated almost 60 exhibitions. He is also the author of numerous catalogues and books and was Australian Commissioner for the 1999 Venice Biennale.



Zoe Wilesmith

Above: artist Fiona Hall


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