Appointment to Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board
The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced the appointment of artist Janet Laurence to the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for a three-year term.
“I would like to welcome Ms Laurence to the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board. Her extensive knowledge and experience make her an ideal appointment.” Senator Kemp said.
Ms Laurence is a mixed media installation artist whose work is represented in many Australian and international collections. Her work extends from the museum and gallery space and into the urban and landscape domain with many environmental and architectural that include significant national and international projects, such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 1993, at the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra, (with Tonkin Zulaikha architects); an award-winning sculptural installation with artist Fiona Foley, The Edge of the Trees, 1994, Museum of Sydney; and the award-winning windows for the Central Synagogue in Sydney 49 Veils, 1998, (with Jisuk Han).
Ms Laurence was awarded a Churchill Fellowship this year to research and document environmental art that has been successfully integrated into architecture and landscape.
The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s principal arts funding body. It encourages the creativity and development of Australian artists and aims to increase access by all Australians to arts and cultural activities.
The Visual Arts Board supports the creation, interpretation and presentation of contemporary Australian visual arts and craft. It values the traditions and capacity for innovation that exist in Australia’s culturally diverse society.
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19 December 2006
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