Page, a Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman based in Coffs Harbour in NSW, has been designing exhibitions for galleries and museums since 1998 and was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2015.

Chair of the Art Gallery Board Jason Karas said Page’s expertise in architecture, design and film production would be a great asset to the gallery and she would significantly enhance the board’s capability, “including in the areas of digital engagement with AGSA’s younger audience and activating our extraordinary collection beyond its traditional reach”.

Gallery director Rhana Devenport also welcomed the appointment: “We look forward to Alison Page’s meaningful and strategic contributions to AGSA through her role on the board.

“Her voice will be an important one that will ensure that AGSA continues its leading work engaging audiences in new and innovative ways and in championing the voices of our First Nations artists.”

Page currently also serves as a board member of the National Australia Day Council, is a councillor with the Australian National Maritime Museum and a board member of the Adelaide-based Aboriginal research group Ninti One Ltd. She is managing director of Zakpage, a company that makes new media artworks, and co-author of the recently published book Design: Building on Country.

“I believe that the arts and storytelling can play a vital role in the activation of cities beyond the walls of the gallery and that we can engage younger audiences by creating immersive and entertaining experiences,” she says.

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This article is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.