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Awarded for service to the Arts
Entered on roll: 2005
I enjoy working on large-scale commissions and community projects, as well as doing exhibition work. I strongly believe in the incorporation of art in the environment and daily life. (Chantale Delrue)
Chantale Delrue was born and educated in Belgium. She obtained tertiary degrees in education and fine arts before migrating to Tasmania in 1980. She has continued with her academic achievements in Tasmania, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the TSIT in Launceston in 1988. She is currently completing her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania. She has actively pursued her chosen profession as an artist through community arts events and gallery based works.
Chantale’s community arts projects have included working with: the Launceston Migrant Resource Centre; Trevallyn Primary School; Exeter High School; Glen Dhu Primary School; Bagdad Primary School; Teenage Road Show; Warrnambool Art Gallery; Burnie Creative Living Centre; Tasdance; Ritchies Mill Arts Centre; Devonport Community Health Centre; Devonport High School; Penguin Primary School; Launceston General Hospital; Ravenswood High School; Ravenswood Primary School; Devonport Loading Zone; Launceston Festivale; Colony 47; the Mount Nelson community; the Mountain Festival; and East Devonport Primary School.
She uses her skills to work closely with a broad spectrum of people including refugees, migrants, the elderly, the disabled and disadvantaged young people. Chantale has had stunning results working with these groups, allowing them to enjoy art by actually doing it. As an artist, she has strengthened Tasmanian communities by creating links, passing on skills, lifting confidence and building relationships. She uses art and creativity to add meaning and expression to people’s lives.
Professionally, Chantale has enjoyed success with her many exhibitions over the past 20 years. In 1990, she was invited to Japan to create a work for the 25th anniversary of the sister city link between Launceston and Ikeda. In 1998, she was chosen as the artist representing Belgium at the Festival of International Understanding in Cowra, NSW, and in 2000 she was artist in residence at the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery. In 2005, Chantale received a grant from Arts Tasmania to take an exhibition of her work to Belgium.
In spite of her impressive achievements, she still has future goals, which include promoting peace and harmony through arts, drawing attention to environmental issues through the use of art and enhancing the built environment.