Danie Mellor Appointed Chair of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts

Danie Mellor

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 for three years from 16 May 2013.

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. They generously share their knowledge and are a formidable force in moving the arts ahead in Australia.

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 it can make to an artists' practice."

Born in Mackay, Queensland, Mellor has lived, worked, travelled and studied in Australia, England, Scotland and South Africa. His work and research addresses the complex histories of Australia's Indigenous, Colonial and Settler communities, and has been regularly shown in significant exhibitions, including Story Place, Queensland Art Gallery and Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Culture Warriors and unDisclosed at the National Gallery of Australia, and will be showcased at Sakahàn, the inaugural international survey of Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Canada in 2013. Future projects include a major 10-year survey at University of Queensland Art Museum in 2014, curated by Maudie Palmer AO. His work is represented in permanent national, state, regional, university and important private collections within Australia and overseas, including National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Museum, National Museums Scotland, and the Kerry Stokes Collection.

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 & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, for his mixed media work From Rite to Ritual, which is now part of the National Gallery of Australia’s permanent collection.

Further Information

Danie Mellor
Australia Council for the Arts