Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung woman Stacie Piper has been appointed as First Peoples Curator at the TarraWarra Museum of Art as part of the Yalingwa initiative.
Yalingwa supports the creation and presentation of First Peoples visual art, focussing primarily on South East Australian artists. It is a partnership between the Victorian Government, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the TarraWarra Museum of Art.
Piper is also the current Victorian NAIDOC committee chairperson and a former project officer and curator for Museums Victoria. Her many previous projects include the exhibition Ganbu Yalingbu, Ngulu-Bulok ‘One Day, Many Voices’ which commemorated the 1967 referendum.
“Congratulations to Stacie who will build on her experience and expertise to date to curate a landmark exhibition of First Peoples art at TarraWarra in 2021,” said Martin Foley, minister for Creative Industries. “Yalingwa is about significantly raising the profile of First Peoples art in Victoria, especially by South East Australian artists. It’s also about providing significant new, career-boosting opportunities to both curators and artists.”
Director of the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria Lynn, said, “The depth and breadth of the Yalingwa initiative is visionary, supporting the creating, curating and exhibiting of First Peoples arts in Victoria.”
In 2018 the inaugural Yalingwa curator Hannah Presley presented A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness at ACCA.
The inaugural $60,000 Yalingwa Fellowship was awarded to artist Destiny Deacon.
Expressions of interest in the 2019 Yalingwa Fellowship, which is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists who live and work in Victoria, are now open and close 30 September.