Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

15 February 2017

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts

Tasmania’s representative at the Venice Biennale named

I am delighted to congratulate Ruth Langford who has been selected as the Tasmanian Exhibition Team Leader at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Ruth is a highly respected member of the state’s arts community and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and has over 20 years’ experience working in communities and providing cultural interpretation and education programs.

Ruth will take on a leadership role during the exhibition and manage a team of volunteer exhibition attendants who have been selected from around the nation. It is an exciting opportunity to gain international experience and I would like to wish Ruth all the best as she represents Tasmania at this prestigious occasion.

Internationally acclaimed artist Tracey Moffatt will be the first Indigenous solo artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale, which is the world’s oldest and most prestigious biennale of contemporary art.

The Australia Council manages Australia’s representation at the Biennale, which provides an opportunity for Australian artists and arts workers to oversee the daily operations of the exhibition at the Australia Pavilion during this event.

I would also like to thank Damian Bugg, previous Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, for providing a bursary to generously support the Tasmanian Team Leader position.

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