NAIDOC WEEK 7-14 JULY 2019

Wayne Quilliam

2009
Artist of the Year

Wayne Quilliam has been working on the Australian and international scene for more than 15 years, establishing a reputation as one of Australia’s leading photographers.

Wayne is a prolific artist. He has been published in more than 500 publications and has had exhibitions in Europe, USA, Asia, South America and Australia.

In 2008, Wayne was selected as the official photographer to record the Prime Minister’s Motion of Apology to the Stolen Generations. In 2009 Wayne used these images to develop the Sorry…more than a word exhibition, which was opened by the Prime Minister.

His European tour featured 80 images of Indigenous celebrations which are now included in permanent collections throughout Europe and in public displays.

Wayne’s international show, Lowanna, was first opened in Mexico by the Australian Ambassador and is now included in the permanent Australian Embassy Collection. Two alternative series of Lowanna took him again to Europe.

Wayne has also worked with high-profile celebrities, including a photo shoot with actor Russell Crowe and serving as the art ambassador for a tour of Australian rock bands Silverchair and Powderfinger.

Earlier this year, Wayne was a key speaker at the International Photographic Festival in Melbourne, making him the first Indigenous artist to do so.

Currently based in Melbourne, Wayne has spent more than 20 years working with more than 50 different communities throughout Australia, conducting talks and photography workshops in rural, remote and urban areas.

Wayne’s goal is to create opportunities for youth to showcase their talent and culture within Indigenous and mainstream areas.

Taking every experience in his Stride, Wayne follows his own life motto that there isn’t a day that goes by when you haven’t learnt something.