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Skye O'Meara

Class Year: 2019

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

State: NSW

Position: General Manager, APY Art Centre Collective

Skye O'Meara

Class Year: 2019

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

State: NSW

Position: General Manager, APY Art Centre Collective

Biography

I have worked passionately in various roles in the Indigenous art industry for the past 13 years. After a position with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Division of Australia Council, I took up the role of Manager at Tjala Arts in Amata Community in 2007. During my years at Tjala Arts, I supported Tjala Arts Directors along with senior artists across the region to drive innovative artistic projects and strategies like Kulata Tjuta Project (Many Spears) and the APY Young Photographers program.



I am fervently committed to best practice industry ethics, and I supported the Tjala Arts Board in the development of a series of innovative strategies to protect APY Art Centres from the impact of unscrupulous private dealers based in Alice Springs. One of the most demanding projects undertaken was the publication of the Tjala Arts Book (Nganampa Kampatjangka Unngu: Beneath the Canvas) – the vision of APY elder and ‘boss’, Hector Burton.


As General Manager of the APY Art Centre Collective, I have coordinated and delivered an expansive range of prestigious artistic projects and regional business initiatives, which include the APY Gallery in Sydney, and the APY Gallery and Studio in Adelaide. My passion is creating Indigenous employment in communities through Art Centres. I am proud that the APY Art Centre Collective is demonstrating excellent outcomes in this area.

Skills & Expertise

  • Indigenous art and culture
  • Visual arts Industry
  • Indigenous business/ Non for Profit enterprise
  • Indigenous cultural events

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