New appointments to Indigenous arts export advisory body
Four new appointments to the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing & Export Agency (QIAMEA) Advisory Board will continue the provision of advice and expertise to the Government on exporting high-end contemporary Queensland Indigenous art.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Four new appointments to the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing & Export Agency ( QIAMEA ) Advisory Board will continue the provision of advice and expertise to the Government on exporting high-end contemporary Queensland Indigenous art.
Announcing the new appointments, Minister for Trade John Mickel said that the QIAMEA Advisory Board provides policy direction and advice to the Queensland Government, and brings Government and Indigenous Arts Community representatives together.
“This helps to develop Queensland’s vibrant contemporary Indigenous arts industry and to expand international exporting,” Mr Mickel said.
“Following these new appointments, the QIAMEA Advisory Board will continue as a vehicle to enable Indigenous and industry representatives to contribute leadership and expertise in visual and performing arts, literature, research, design and emerging digital and electronic art forms,” he said.
“We are fortunate to have such a high-calibre, majority Indigenous membership that combines knowledge and long-term expertise in Indigenous arts and cultural practice throughout Queensland, strong industry and international connections and marketing expertise, close links with Indigenous art networks, and a commitment to Indigenous cultural heritage.
“Since inception in 2003, the Board has led the development of Queensland’s Indigenous arts marketing and export industry, helping to ensure maximum returns to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to the State of Queensland.
“The current overall structure of the membership, with 10 industry members and three Directors-General representing stakeholder Government agencies, will continue,” Mr Mickel said.
“This is an exciting next step for Queensland in achieving recognition both domestically and internationally as a major source of quality, innovative and unique Indigenous arts. New appointments to the QIAMEA Advisory Board are:
• Ms Rae O’Connell – an Artistic Director of KickArts - a not for profit contemporary visual arts organisation based in Cairns. Ms O’Connell is a well-known member of the North Queensland art community. Her background is as a practicing artist in textile design and public art.
• Mr Bruce McLean – an Associate Curator of Indigenous Art at the Queensland Art Gallery. In 2004 he was the regional winner and state finalist in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainee of the Year award. In 2002 he was awarded the NAIDOC National Aboriginal Youth of the Year.
• Mr Tom Mosby – a Senior Associate with McCabe Terrill in Brisbane. He is a Torres Strait Islander descendent of Iama/Tudu, Masig, Meriem, Dauar and Erub Islanders. Mr Mosby has worked as a conservation and curatorial art consultant in Australia and internationally.
• Dr Sally Butler – lecturer in Art History at the University of Queensland and formerly at the Australian National University in Canberra. Her visual arts industry experience includes working for the Queensland Art Gallery and as Associate Editor of Australian Art Collector magazine.
Continuing Board Members are Chair Ms Debra Bennet, Ms Henrietta Marrie ( Fourmile ), Mr Max Lenoy, Ms Toni Janke, Mr Francis Tapim and Mr Noel Robinson. The Directors-General of the Department of Communities, the Department of Education, Training and the Arts, and the Department of Transport also continue as members of the Advisory Board.
Minister’s office: John Smith 3237 1944, Jane Rowe 3237 1125, Nathan Moir 3227 8842
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