The Australia Council fo
r the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body
Embargoed: Wednesday 6 March 2013
Leading artist and curator win major visual arts awards
, one of Australia’s leading
internationally acclaimed contemporaryartists, and Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne and Artistic Director of the forthcomingBiennale of Sydney; are being honoured today for their achievements in the artswith the Australia Council Visual Arts Award and Medal respectively.
Since her groundbreaking
exhibition, presented at the Australian Centre for Photography in 1989, Tracey Moffatt
has featured in more than 100 solo exhibitionsacross Europe, the USA and Australia. Her work is held in the collections of some of the
most prestigious art museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), theGuggenheim, Centre Pompidou and the Tate Gallery. Many of her photographs and short filmshave achieved iconic status both in Australia and around the world.
“Tracey Moffatt’s outstanding contribution to the cultural life of this nation has beenacknowledged with the 2012 Australia Council Visual Arts Award,” says
Mr Rupert Myer AM,Chair of the Australia Council, who is presenting the $40,000 award at an award ceremony atthe Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney this evening.
has been critically acclaimed internationally for more than two decades, followingthe selection of her short film
for official competition at the 1990 Cannes Film
. “More recently, she was
recognised with a solo exhibition of her filmsand videos at the M
useum of Modern Art in New York.”
During the intervening decades
Tracey’s career has been defined by an
extraordinary list of achievements. She more than
fulfils the criteria of the Award to ‘inspire Australians’ through her
her compelling and dynamic practice
he says.Juliana Engberg receives the $10,000 Medal for her outstanding contribution to the developmentof the Australian cultural sector. In a career spanning nearly 30 years of curating, teaching,talking and writing about art, Juliana Engberg continues to be at the forefront of contemporarycuratorial practice. As well as curating over 400 exhibitions, she is a prolific writer and editor,having written over 1,500 articles about contemporary art in catalogues, books and journals. She
is one of Australia’s most accomplished public commentato
rs on contemporary art
“Few individuals have made such a
distinguished contribution to the development of the Australian visual arts
sector as Juliana Engberg,” says
Myer. “As a curator and advocate for
Australian art she has taken the work of Australian artists to the world and brought the best of international practice back to Australia.
As Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), in Melbourne since2002, Juliana has brought a keen intellect and distinctive eye to the curatorial process that hasenlivened the cultural scene in this country and simultaneously advanced the careers of many
Both Engberg and Moffatt will be honoured at a ceremony at the MCA at 6PM this evening,surrounded by arts sector leaders and close family and friends. A key note address will bedelivered by philanthropist and Chief Commissioner of the Venice Biennale, Simon Mordant AM.
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