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The Melbourne Art Foundation Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and career achievement in the visual arts, an area often under-acknowledged as a crucial element of Australian cultural life. John Mawurndjul, a leading Aboriginal/Kuninjku artist from Arnhem Land who won the award in 2009 was deeply moved by the affirmation of his bark painting tradition by his arts community peers. The Melbourne Arts Foundation's biennial awards are a standout event in the national arts calendar.
Professor Jon Altman, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University
The Melbourne Art Fair is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.
The Melbourne Art Foundation Fund is a tax-deductible fund listed on the Register Of Cultural Organisations.
The Melbourne Art Foundation recognises the pivotal role played by the Australian Commercial Galleries Association (ACGA) in establishing and contributing to the Melbourne Art Fair since its inception in 1988