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Sydney College of the Arts' Danie Mellor to head up top arts body


17 June 2013

Danie Mellor has been appointed as Chair of the Visual Arts Board at the Australia Council for the Arts.
Danie Mellor has been appointed as Chair of the Visual Arts Board at the Australia Council for the Arts.

The Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, has appointed Sydney College of the Arts Senior Lecturer, Danie Mellor, as Chair of the Visual Arts Board at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Mellor says: "My appointment as Chair is an exciting opportunity to extend my three-year involvement as a board member of the Visual Arts Board with the Australia Council.

"It's a privilege to be part of an organisation that supports so many key organisations, projects and individuals. Having been supported in my practice by the Australia Council on a number of occasions, I know what a difference the Council can make to an artist's practice."

The governing body of the Australia Council for the Arts, including the Visual Arts Board, is comprised of leaders in the field who are chosen for their experience, passion, and skills. The board's role is to support the broadest range of contemporary art, including craft, design, new media arts and visual arts.

Born in Mackay, Queensland, Mellor has lived, worked, travelled and studied Australia, England, Scotland and South Africa. His work and research addresses the complex histories of Australia's Indigenous, colonial and settler communities, and is regularly featured in significant exhibitions, including Story Place at the Queensland Art Gallery, Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Culture Warriors and unDisclosed at the National Gallery of Australia.

Mellor's art will also be showcased at Sakahàn, the inaugural international survey of Indigenous art currently at the National Gallery of Canada. Future projects include a major 10-year survey at University of Queensland Art Museum in 2014. His work is also represented in many of Australia's most significant collections, including at the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Queensland Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Mellor has won several awards, including the Canberra Critic's Choice Award in 2006, the John Tallis Acquisitive Award in 2008, the Victorian Indigenous Ceramic Art Award in 2009, and the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing in 2010. In 2009, Mellor won the 26th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his mixed media work From Rite to Ritual, now part of the National Gallery of Australia's permanent collection.

Mellor will continue working as a lecturer and researcher at the SCA concurrently with his three-year appointment to the Chair of the Visual Arts Board.


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