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Year of Award: 2006 Award State: Tasmania None > Museums, Galleries And Libraries
The 40th Anniversary Churchill Fellowship (TAS) to study advances in museum diorama construction and model making techniques and materials to effectively blend historical techniques with new materials for current application - USA, U.K., Germany, Italy, A

At his workplace, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Brian had the opportunity to use and share the knowledge gained on his Fellowship with the public through public displays and workshops. In collaboration with the University’s Tasmanian School of Art, Brian facilitated ‘Get Stuffed’ workshops for third-year Fine Art students. Students on work placement also had the opportunity to learn and practise with him.

After time spent implementing and expanding his knowledge, in 2009 he once again travelled to Europe, visiting artisans in France and Spain and following up on areas of key interest.

Moving to New Zealand in 2010, Brian took the leap of faith to become a full- time artist. Opening Gallery @ St Hilda’s in Hawkes Bay, he exhibited nationally and was a selected finalist in a number of prestigious art awards. During this period he carried out work with the National Aquarium of New Zealand, constructing and designing educational dioramas.

Living in the South Island during 2013/14 was an opportunity for Brian to become a member of Artists of Marlborough Open Studios. He continued to exhibit his work, winning a number of awards and art commendations. His work began to sell to collectors in the UK, America and Europe.

Returning to the beautiful Huon Valley in Tasmania at the close of 2014, Brian opened his Art Studio ‘beak + whisker’ to the public, and continues exhibiting and entering art awards in Australia and New Zealand. Ten years after becoming a Churchill Fellow, Brian’s interest in diorama construction and display remains strong; he has recently completed a commissioned work, Patterns in Nature, for TMAG along with the reconstruction of a diorama for Hobart’s Detached art space.

Reflecting back over the opportunities on both a professional and personal level since Brian became a Churchill Fellow it is easy to see the life-changing events that have occurred. The ongoing connections with fellow artisans that he has developed, and the knowledge and skills learned, have broadened and strengthened his approach to his work projects on many levels. As Brian says: ‘I am always thankful to have been selected to be a Churchill Fellow, and to have benefited from everything that it has offered me’. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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