Indigenous Arts Fellowship names inaugural recipients - Art Collector

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, one of the recipient's of the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship.

8 November 2010 | The inaugural recipients of the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship have now been named. Two fellowships, worth $50,000 each, have been awarded to Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, associate curator of Indigenous objects and photography at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and Jirra Harvey, national youth programs coordinator, Oxfam Australia in Melbourne.

The fellowships will allow the recipients to pursue individual projects over a two-year period with mentoring support from the National Gallery of Australia.

Iseger-Pilkington will be working on a project called
Digital directions: Indigenous Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia collection while Harvey will develop an Indigenous communication strategy for the National Gallery of Australia.

Ron Radford AM, director of the National Gallery of Australia, hopes the fellows will inspire other Indigenous Australians to pursue a career in arts management. “Their projects will … help to pave the way for other indigenous Australians working in arts management, and … in turn enhance visitors experience of the national art collection,” he says.

The $1.2 million program, a professional development initiative designed to increase the representation of Indigenous Australians in the arts management, was announced by the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts earlier this year.

Ten others also received a place in the training and mentorship program and have been awarded $11,000. They include: Alison Furber, Aboriginal cultural education officer at the Araluen Art Centre & Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs; Renee Johnson, visual arts officer at Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide; and Tahjee Moar who is studying for her Bachelor of Art Theory at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Aarna Hanley

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