We are thrilled to announce Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti, Wamba Wama, Yorta Yorta, Boonwurrung) has been awarded the prestigious Yalingwa Fellowship, a $60,000 award for a Senior First Peoples artist who has made a significant contribution to contemporary art and culture in Victoria.
“The fellowship celebrates Ms Clarke’s outstanding contribution to First Peoples creative practice and will support her to undertake research and development and create ground-breaking new work.” – Creative Victoria
The Yalingwa program is designed to celebrate and strengthen First Peoples visual arts in Victoria. Awarded by the Hon. Steve Dimopoulos, Minister for Creative Industries, the initiative is backed by the Victorian Government and developed in partnership with Creative Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and TarraWarra Museum of Art, in collaboration with Victoria’s First Peoples art sector.
Maree is recognised as a pivotal figure in the reclamation of Southeast Australian First Peoples art practices, known for her open and collaborative approach to cultural practice that sees her take on the roles of teacher, curator and mentor in addition to her own creative practice. She consistently works in intergenerational collaboration to revive dormant cultural knowledge – and uses technology to bring new audiences to contemporary Southeast Aboriginal arts.
Congratulations, Maree. An enormously well deserved achievement.
Left to right: Jessica Clark (2023 Yalingwa Curator, ACCA), Hannah Presley (Yalingwa Directions Circle Member and inaugural Yalingwa Curator), Maree Clarke (2023 Yalingwa Fellow). Image credit: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.