Alison Page is an award-winning creative at the forefront of contemporary Australian Aboriginal design. As a descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation, and as a leading force in the Australian design scene, she champions the contemporary creative expression of Aboriginal identity.
Page’s creative practice explores links between cultural identity, art and the built environment. As one of three associates of Merrima Design from 1995-1999, she worked with various Aboriginal communities in the delivery of culturally appropriate architectural services. She founded her own interior design studio in 1999 and has since completed projects spanning interiors, public art, jewellery, installations and film.
Page’s work with Merrima Design was awarded by the International Federation of Interior Architects for its “contribution to the design environment with an emphasis on social awareness and responsibility”, and profiled in Paidon’s Architecture for Architects Atlas. In 2008 she received a NSW Local Government Culture Award for Six Daughters of the West Wind, a series of bronze sculptures on Mt Keira in Wollongong created in collaboration with artist Tina Lee, and an Australian Jewellery Design Award for her contemporary Aboriginal diamond jewellery. In October 2015, Alison was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame.
Until recently, Alison was the founding CEO of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and Director of their annual Saltwater Freshwater festival. She was the founder of the National Aboriginal Design Agency, and was a member of the expert panel for the federal government’s Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous People. She appeared for eight years as a regular panelist on the ABC TV show, The New Inventors. She currently sits on the Barangaroo Development Authority Art and Culture Panel and the Lend Lease Public Art Panel at Barangaroo south.
Alison’s most recent work is in collaboration with Cinematographer Nik Lachajczak in production studio Zakpage, which converges film with the built environment to create place-based narratives. She has recently completed a series of Elders films for installation at the National Museum of Australia and a cultural installation at Barangaroo.