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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

New Australia Council Board appointments

Media release
11 March 2010

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Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, today announced the appointments of Ms Angela Valamanesh and Dr Danie Mellor to the Visual Arts Board and Dr Stuart Glover and Ms Dyan Blacklock to the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

"I am delighted Ms Valamanesh, Dr Mellor, Dr Glover and Ms Blacklock have agreed to serve as council members on the Visual Arts Board and Literature Board" Mr Garrett said.

"Ms Valamanesh is a ceramic artist and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia, she was awarded an Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 1996 and has a high level of knowledge and experience in design/craft and visual arts.

"Dr Mellor is a lecturer in Theories of Art Practice at Sydney College of the Arts and is a member of the University of Sydney Indigenous Education Advisory Group. He is a practising artist and his work is exhibited extensively throughout Australia in a number of significant exhibitions including Culture Warriors. Dr Mellor was awarded the 2009 Telstra Art Award and will bring his in-depth knowledge of Indigenous theory and practice to the Board.

"Ms Blacklock is an author and publisher and a founding member of the national Australian Children's Literature Alliance. Ms Blacklock writes across a number of genres and was awarded the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship in 2005 as well as the Eve Powell Award of the Children's Book Council of Australia.

"Dr Glover is an editor, researcher and writer of creative non-fiction. He teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland. A founding Director of the Brisbane Writers' Festival, board member of the Queensland Theatre Company and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Writers Centre, Dr Glover has also served as a peer advisor for the Councils' Literature Board. His work has been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies.

"Each appointment is for a period of three years and each appointee will bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the Australia Council's Visual Arts and Literature Boards" Mr Garrett said.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's principal arts funding body. It supports Australia's arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector.

Each year the Australia Council provides more than $158 million in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the Nation.

The Council's Visual Arts Board supports the contemporary expression of art through a broad range of visual media. These include craft, design, new media arts and visual arts.

The Council's Literature Board affirms the role of literature as a celebration of language which is the keystone of human communication.

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