Juliana Engberg, Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Melbourne and Artistic Director of the forthcoming 19th Biennale of Sydney receives Australia Council Visual Arts Award.

Juliana Engberg. Courtesy: Australia Council for the Arts

As curator, writer, publisher and designer, Juliana Engberg has been described as ‘an impeccable eye wedded to a keen intellect’ by influential Artforum magazine. She has worked with some of the leading international artists of the last and this century and was recently announced as Artistic Director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney 2014, titled You Imagine What You Desire.

Engberg is currently Artistic Director of ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne), where she has commissioned and curated numerous exhibitions, including: Pipilotti Rist: I Packed the Postcard in My SuitcaseYael Bartana: TRILOGYNathan Coley AppearancesMortalityJoseph Kosuth Texts for NothingSamuel Beckett in PlayPlenty Ought To Be Enough: Barbara Kruger and Richard Billingham: People Places Animals.

In 1999 she was the Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Melbourne International Biennial 1999 Signs of Life, and before accepting this commission was Senior Curator at the Museum of Modern Art (Heide), Melbourne, Senior Curator of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Assistant Director of the Monash University Gallery, and Director of the formative contemporary art space the Ewing and George Paton Galleries, The University of Melbourne.

About the Australia Council and the Visual Arts Awards:
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council through the Visual Arts Board each year presents the Visual Arts Awards, to acknowledge and honour the exceptional achievements of Australian artists and arts administrators who have made and are continuing to make an outstanding contribution to the development of the Australian art sector.

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