Aboriginal Art Directory is delighted to congratulate the following people, long involved in the world of Aboriginal art, on their Honours – awarded on 26th January 2016. Sadly, no painters or sculptors from the rich North seem to have been included this year. The following are the official citations:
OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Ms Tracey L MOFFATT, Castaways Beach Qld 4567
For distinguished service to the visual and performing arts as a photographer and film maker, and as a mentor and supporter of, and role model for, Indigenous artists.
Ms Moffat is an artist with bodies of work in photography and filmography. Her most notable works include several series of photographs titled: ‘Something More’ (1989). ‘Pet Thang’ (1991). ‘Scarred for Life’ (1994). ‘Spirit Landscapes’ (2013).
Her most notable short films include: ‘Nice Coloured Girls’. ‘Night Cries’.
‘BeDevil’. ‘Artist’. Films have also featured at the Cannes Film Festival.
Has had over 100 solo exhibitions world-wide, including in several high profile galleries including:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Tate Gallery, London.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The National Gallery of Australia.
The Queensland Art Gallery, where her most recent show was reviewed by the Aboriginal Art Directory here.
Tracey has been selected as Australia’s representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Founding Member, Boomalli Aboriginal Co-Operative, since 1987.
Awards and recognition include: Recipient, Laureate Artist of the Year, Australia Council, 2013.
Recipient, Infinity Award for Excellence in Art Photography, International Center for Photography, New York, 2007.
Honorary Doctorate, Griffith University, 2004
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mr Adrian Rodney NEWSTEAD, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
For service to the museum and galleries sector, particularly through the promotion of Indigenous arts.
Founder and Executive Director, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, since 1981.
Managing Director, Menzies Arts Brands, 2007-2010; Head, Aboriginal Arts Department, Lawson-Menzies, 2003-2007.
President, Art Consulting Association of Australia, 2011-2015.
Board Member, Aboriginal Benefits Foundation, since 2005.
Approved Valuer, Cultural Gifts Program, Australian Government.
Board Member, Aboriginal Tourism Australia, 2004-2005.
National President, Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association, 1998-2000 and 2001-2002; Board Member, 1998-2004; Founder, since 1996.
Foundation Member, Visual Art Export Panel, Austrade, 1990s.
Founder, Best in Sydney project, Craft Council of Australia.
Author, ‘The Dealer is the Devil’, Brandl and Schlesinger, 2014 – which was fully reviewed by the Aboriginal Art Directory.