WCTA Official Opening + Award Announcement
Saturday 19 June, 2pm - 4pm
You are formally invited to the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2021 Official Opening Event + Award Announcement
2021 WCTA Award Judge, NGV Curator of Indigenous Art, Hannah Presley announces the winner of this biennial award.
This event is a VIP event by invitation only due to Covid number restrictions for events.
Rural City of Wangaratta Mayor Dean Rees
Awards Announcement + Opening
National Gallery of Victoria Curator, Indigenous Art Hannah Presley
2021 WTCA Judge - Hannah Presley
Hannah Presley is an Aboriginal curator based in Melbourne, she is currently curator of Indigenous art, National Gallery of Victoria. Presley was the inaugural Yalingwa curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art where she curated A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness in 2018. In 2017, she was First Nations Assistant Curator for Tracey Moffatt at the 57th Venice Biennale, working alongside curator, Natalie King. Her practice focuses on the development of creative projects with Aboriginal artists, working closely with artists, learning about the techniques, history and community that inform their making to help guide her curatorial process.
Presley draws on inspiration from her early roles working at Warumpi Arts, with Papunya Community, Iltja Ntjarra, Many Hands and other Central Australian Art Centres. As Exhibitions Officer at Araluen Galleries, in Alice Springs, Presley had the privilege of coordinating a number of shows including the annual Desert Mob exhibition. After attaining her Bachelor of Visual Arts, Photography, (LaTrobe), she completed a Curatorial Residency through Creative Victoria, curating the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards. Presley has since worked in curatorial roles with the Koorie Heritage Trust, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Craft Victoria, also initiating and coordinating the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Project across a number of years. Presley completed her Masters of Arts Management (RMIT), with distinction, in 2014. Recent curatorial projects include Every Second Feels Like A Century, West Space, Melbourne (with Debbie Pryor); Weaving Country (with Vicki Couzens), Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne (2017); Hero Worship, Craft, Melbourne (2016) (with Debbie Pryor). In 2016, Presley was awarded Best Emerging Curator at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
image: Hannah Presley.