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Alan TURNER

Year of Award: 1967 Award State: Tasmania Architecture > General
Arts - Visual > General
To improve knowledge and skill in all forms of art and art techniques and observe and study original works of art and forms of architecture - Fiji, USA, UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Greece, India, Thailand
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Alan Turner used his Fellowship to study at St Martins School of Art, London, and to travel in Europe and the USA.

Alan was both a painter and an art teacher. He arrived in Tasmania with his family in 1946, studied at the School of Art, Hobart, and obtained a Diploma of Education from the University of Tasmania.

He was an Art Teacher from 1965–71, before being appointed senior Master of Art at Burnie High in 1969 and then becoming Regional Art Moderator for the Northwest.

He received numerous art awards including: 

  • The Young Contemporaries Art Prize (Blue Gum Festival) 1968
  • The Coastal Art Prize (landscape) 1970.
  • He also held various individual exhibitions:
  • 1966 and 1969 – Don Camillo Restaurant, Hobart, and in the same years at Little Gallery, Devonport
  • 1969 and 1971 – Salamanca Place Gallery, Hobart
  • 1971 – ‘Watercolours’, Bonython Art Gallery, Adelaide. 

Alan was killed in a road accident at Rocky Cape, Northwest Tasmania, in 1971. This was one of the first deaths of a Churchill Fellow in Australia.

His death was a huge loss to the Tasmanian art world.

A posthumous exhibition – ‘Alan Turner Retrospective’ – to celebrate his work was held in 1975 at the Hobart Building Society Gallery.

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

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