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Alison Page
– Talking shop with Glenn Barkley

Hear Aboriginal designer and architect Alison Page and MCA Senior Curator Glenn Barkley discuss the innovative nature of Aboriginal craft traditions and their place in both Australian culture and contemporary art. Explore the crossover between folk art and contemporary art in this discussion inspired by the purpose-built shop designed by Page specifically for string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art which features products for sale created by artists in the exhibition.

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Photo: Alex Davies
Image courtesy and © Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

About the Presenter

Alison Page is descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation. An award-winning designer, she is Executive Officer of Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, a regional body for Aboriginal arts and culture on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Governed by ten Local Aboriginal Land Councils, including Karuah, Forster, Purfleet Taree, Bunyah (Wauchope), Birpai (Port Macquarie), Kempsey, Thungutti (Bellbrook), Unkya (Macksville), Bowraville and Coffs Harbour, the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance hosts a range of cultural programs including the annual Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

Page is also the Creative Director of the National Aboriginal Design Agency. Established by Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance in 2012, the Agency collaborates with Aboriginal Artists to create unique design products such as carpets, textiles, lighting, and architectural products that ‘tell a story’.

Since 1997, Page has worked with various urban and rural Aboriginal communities in the delivery of culturally appropriate architectural and design services in association with Merrima Design. Exploring links between cultural identity, art and design, her work spans architecture, interiors, jewellery and public art.

Page was named the Female Regional/ Rural Entrepreneur Manager of the Year in the National Australia Bank Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2013, and was also listed on Crikey as one of the top ten women to watch in 2013.

She is a board member of Ninti One Ltd and the CRC for Remote Economic Participation. In 2011, Page was appointed to the Expert Panel for the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous People. She is a regular commentator on arts and design, and was a panelist on the ABC television program The New Inventors.

Alison Page 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist

Alison Page

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