There are not many hours in the day when I am not focusing on the gallery. I am an artist’s agent, no phone call is too hard, no problem too difficult to solve, no client’s brief too difficult to satisfy. Overall, no mountain is too high.”
Vivien studied Anthropology and Media studies at Deakin University. She lived and worked in London for several years before returning to Melbourne to take up the managerial role at the Aboriginal Artists Gallery. Some 37 years later, Vivien has established a solid reputation as a veteran gallerist noted for her strong curatorial vision. She is always focused on the promotion of First Nations Australian art, both nationally and internationally, through an exciting exhibition schedule of gallery-represented and guest artists, all underpinned by scholarly publications, presentation at art fairs and project management for ambitious civic and private commissions.
Vivien sees her primary aim to be assisting in any way to advance the professional lives of the gallery artists so they can focus on making their art.
Vivien enthusiastically embraces her Directorships for two not for profit organisations, the Indigenous Art Code, which actively promotes the fair and ethical treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists, and Melbourne Art Foundation, which produces the biannual Melbourne Art Fair.
Vivien also chaperones immersive art trips designed to connect with the land and culture that influences the art. The various itineraries feature a selection of remote Indigenous art centres combined with fabulous sightseeing opportunities along the way, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime. Vivien is currently scheduling trips to the Kimberley, Arnhemland and the central western desert for 2023.
For enquiries, please contact the gallery.