Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr

Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft

We are delighted to announce leading fibre artist Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr as the tenth artist in the exhibition series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft.

A generous grant from the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia program ($50,000) will support the research and development for the tenth artist in our series of exhibitions celebrating new work by established craftspeople.

Mavis Ganambarr has worked collaboratively over the past two decades with other artists, curators and designers from across Australia and has exhibited work in the 16th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial, most recently at the Powerhouse Museum and in the 29th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. Mavis is from the Matamata homelands, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Mavis began fibre work under the watchful eye of her grandmother and aunties on Elcho Island where she lives with her husband and children.

We are privileged to be working with Mavis, Samantha Moody (Arts Centre Manager at the Marthkala Homelands and Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation), adjunct curator Sasha Titchkosky (Koskela) and acclaimed exhibition designer Stephen Goddard on this exciting new project. The exhibition is scheduled to launch in late 2021 with a multi-state tour to follow. Stay tuned for more information as the project takes shape.

Australian Design Centre is joined by a panel of sector experts from across Australia to select artists for the Living Treasures series. The panel includes: Lisa Cahill (CEO ADC) Brian Parkes (CEO JamFactory), Dr Kevin Murray (Garland Magazine), Claire Sourgnes (CEO artisan), Lynda Dorrington (CEO FORM).

ADC CEO and Artistic Director, Lisa Cahill said, “We are privileged  that Mavis Ganambarr has accepted this award and will work closely with us in coming months. Mavis is the 10th Living Treasure Master of Australian Craft, she will be the 5th woman honoured in this series and the 2nd Indigenous artist. The exhibition will travel to over 15 exhibition venues across Australia”.

Australian Design Centre has also been awarded a $100,000 project grant by Australia Council for the Arts to support our acclaimed national exhibition touring program ADC On Tour.  This is the fourth year in succession that we have been successfully awarded this funding which indicates the value of our touring program to our touring partners and audiences.

Thank you to the Australia Council for the Arts and Visons of Australia for this excellent result for contemporary craft and design.

Image: Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Koskela. 



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Explore more about ADC On Tour here and Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series here.