Education and Arts

Tony Amaral, Visiting Research Fellow from East Timor

Timorese visual artist, Tony Amaral has been appointed as Visiting Research Fellow with the School of Arts and Sciences (NSW/ACT) until July 2013.

Tony is the Artistic Director of the first non-profit art school in Timore-Leste, Arte Moris. He will work on a suite of paintings to be exhibited at the McGlade gallery, Strathfield campus, under the guidance of Gallery Coordinator Lachlan Warner and Visual Arts Officer Diane Merrilees. Tony is travelling to Australia specifically for this event.

Tony was the first Timorese artist to graduate from the National Art School in Sydney, attaining a Bachelor of Fine Art.

In 2011, he gave his first solo show in Dili entitled ‘Dame ba rai nebe’e maka iha problema’ (‘Peace to this troubled land’) which represented the first solo exhibition by a Timorese artist in Timor. The exhibition used mixed media abstract collages with a focus on local newspaper cuttings and bold colours and stencils to tell a story of a nation that is continuing to experience a crisis of faith in development and governance. It was received with critical acclaim.

He has curated a number of exhibitions and served as an inspiration and mentor for artists and students in his homeland. The message he is communicating through his art is having an impact on people’s sense of harmony.

The exhibition, ‘Faces of East Timor’, will be hosted by ACU Foundation in support of the Future in Youth Project, a community capacity building program enhancing health, wellbeing and life skills of East Timorese youth in Baucau through sport.

The exhibition is also a celebration of photos taken during the ACU Future in Youth program in 2012 by ACU staff member Tristan Velasco.

The opening night will host key ACU stakeholders and donors and will be a significant event for this program and for the University.

The ‘Faces of East Timor’ exhibition will run from 9 to the 27 July, 2013. For more information see www.acu.edu.au/facesofeasttimor