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Awarded for service to Aboriginal Affairs and the Arts
Born: 27 May 1946
Entered on roll: 2015
The work of Lola Greeno speaks powerfully of today’s Aboriginal women and culture.
Lola was born on Cape Barren Island and is one of a few Aboriginal women maireener shell stringers responsible for ensuring the craft’s highly specialised skills are passed on to future generations.
As an artist, curator and program officer, Lola has established major cultural projects that have revitalised traditional Aboriginal craft forms and raised the profile of Tasmanian Aboriginal artists and crafts people.
Lola has been shown in 33 exhibitions, including the Athens Cultural Olympiad and the Kanazawa Triennial in Japan. Her work is represented in major national collections including the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum and the Queensland Art Gallery.
Lola trained as a Curator of Aboriginal Art at the University of Tasmania, and completed an internship as a Regional Indigenous Curator at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Her curatorial skills have presented the work of artists in major touring exhibitions such as Woven Forms: Contemporary basket making in Australia; Tayenebe and luna tunapril: contemporary shell necklace making in Tasmania.
Lola interviewed Tasmanian Aboriginal elders for ‘As I Remember’, an oral history project for the Tasmanian Department of Education, and worked on the ‘Bringing Them Home Oral History Project’ for the National Library of Australia.
From 2003 to 2013 as Arts Tasmania’s Program Officer, Aboriginal Arts, Lola initiated cross-cultural exchanges between Tasmanian, Australian and international indigenous people.
Now retired, Lola continues to advance Tasmanian Aboriginal artists as a member of the University of Tasmania’s Riawunna Advisory Committee, and the Aboriginal Arts Advisory Committees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
Craft Australia recognised Lola with the Living Treasure Master of Australian Art Award in 2012.