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ABR Calibre Prize: Seeing Truganini


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The Australian Book Review’s Calibre Prize is an annual celebration of an outstanding essay. Dr David Hansen, discusses his winning essay ‘Seeing Truganini’ and the stigmas surrounding indigenous art with curators Brenda L Croft and Tony Brown.

Chaired by Peter Mares


Peter Mares

Peter Mares is lead moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing the ethical decision-making skills of Australia’s leaders. Peter is also contributing editor at Inside Story magazine and adjunct fellow at Swinburne University’s Centr... Read more

David Hansen

David Hansen has worked as a regional gallery director, a State museum curator and an art auction house researcher and specialist; in 2014 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University. With over 35 years’ experience in the... Read more

Brenda L. Croft

From the Gurindji/Mudpurra peoples from Kalkaringi/Daguragu communities in the Northern Territory, Brenda Croft is an artist, curator, writer and lecturer. Brenda L Croft was born in Perth in 1964, and now lives in Adelaide. She has been involved in the arts and cultural industry for a quarter of a ... Read more

Tony Brown

Tony is a curator and member of the Trawlwoolway people. Tony is a descendant of Manalargenna, a leader of the Trawlwoolway people. He was born on Flinders Island in 1957 but grew up on Cape Barren Island just off the north–eastern tip of Tasmania. From the age of twelve Tony attended high school ... Read more


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