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Alison Page

Designer and artist,


Alison Page is an Aboriginal designer and artist and from La Perouse, Sydney. Since graduating from UTS with a Bachelor of Design (First Class Honors) in 1997, Alison has been working on various projects in health, education, office design, exhibition design, cultural arts centres and public art. Exploring links between cultural identity, art and the built environment, Alison is an advocate for the growth of contemporary Aboriginal design in Australia.

Since it's beginning in 2004, Alison Page has been a judge on the ABC TV program, The New Inventors and is a regular commentator on all things 'design', particularly involving Aboriginal communities.

One of three associates of Merrima Design, Alison works with various urban and rural Aboriginal communities in the delivery of culturally appropriate architectural services. Projects range from multi-story buildings in the city to art projects in remote Australia as well as exhibitions overseas.

In 1999 Merrima Design received an award from the International Federation of Interior Architects for making a "contribution to the design environment with an emphasis on social awareness and responsibility". Earlier this year, Alison and Artist, Tina Lee received a NSW Local Government Culture Award for Six Daughters of the West Wind, a series of bronze sculptures on Mt Keira in Wollongong. Alison has just received an Australian Jewellery Design Award for her contemporary Aboriginal diamond jewellery.

Over the last 9 years, Alison has been periodically teaching art, graphic design and furniture design at the University of NSW, North Coast Institute of TAFE and the University of Technology Sydney.

See also: Abstract of Alison Page's paper:
Art beyond the canvas - storytelling and design