Wayne Quilliam – Aboriginal Photographer

By Cynthia David
waynequilliamportraitfAustralia is a country rich in stories especially from the Aborigines. A. Professor Wayne Quilliam is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal photographers; he is a visual storyteller that helps spread the culture and age-old stories from the Australian Aborigines to the world. A recipient of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Artist of the Year Award, Walkley Award, Human Rights award, and nominated as a master photographer by National Geographic, Wayne works with various indigenous groups throughout Australia, Cuba, Mexico, Bolivia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Guam. He has been published in more than 1000 books, newspapers and magazines and has created and curated over 170 exhibitions all over the world,  with another 10 planned this year that includes a variety of interdisciplinary, multi-sensory projections and photographic art.




He is frequently traveling to various indigent communities in Australia sharing his knowldege and teaching the expression of culture through the lens. Highly sought after because of his practical knowledge of indigenous issues, he often works with corporations, various branches of government, communities, and educational facilities in Australia and overseas. In harmony with his photojournalistic work, he is also recognized as one of the country’s top artists for his diverse art practices shown on his series such as ‘Lowanna’, ‘Towindri’, ‘Smoke’ and the highly successful exhibit ‘Apology, Sorry More than a Word’ has been seen by a quarter of a million people.



Writing children’s books, producing a coffee table book, and developing a stage show brining  together indigenous food, art and music keeps him busy. He  recently had  exhibitions in various parts of the world such as Havana, Tokyo, Mexico City, Caracas, New York, Los Angeles, berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and was featured at the United Nations in New York.

Wayne is a highly respected Australian Aboriginal photographic artist exploring and testing the boundaries of his culture and art. Winner of numerous local, national and international awards A.Professor Quilliam challenges the perception of an Indigenous artist and the preconceived connotations it encompasses.
“My art comes from within but is shaped and influenced from the experiences of being ‘on country’. I am privileged as a professional photographer to work in urban, rural and remote area’s throughout the world which creates many opportunities as an artist”.



Website: http://www.aboriginal.photography
Instagram: www.instagram.com/waynequilliam
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NAIDOC Artist of the Year 2009
AIMSC Business of the Year 2010
Human Rights Award 2010
Walkley Award 2008
Robin O’Chin Memorial Art Award
Shades of Black Indigenous Artist of the Year
International Library of Photography Grand Prize Winner




  • Palais De Nations United Nations (Switzerland)
  • National Museum (Canberra)
  • Kingston Art Gallery (Melbourne)
  • Hamburgisches Museum (Germany)
  • Sotheby’s Auctions (New York)
  • Australian Embassies (Berlin, Jakarta, New York, Rome, Mexico, Washington)
  • World Expo (China)
  • Ethnographic Museum (Sweden)
  • Tokyo University (Japan)
  • Citidel San Fransica (Cuba)
  • Powerhouse Museum (Sydney)
  • Art Centre Berlin (Germany)
  • Parliament House (Canberra)
  • Artistry Gallery (Melbourne)
  • Museum of Young Art (Austria)
  • Dreamtime Lo Spirito Dell’Arte Aborigena (Milan, Rome, Sicily)
  • Rushcutters Bay Gallery (Sydney)
  • Guam University (Guam)
  • Kluge Ruhe Museum (USA)
  • Alliance Francais (Canberra)
  • Hirikata Museum (Japan)
  • Boomali Art Gallery (Sydney)
  • Manningham Gallery (Melbourne)
  • Boscia Gallery (Melbourne)
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Art Mob (Hobart)
  • Incinerator Gallery (Melbourne)
  • Linden Gallery (Melbourne)
  • Kyoto Museum (Japan)
  • AIATSIS (Canberra)
  • Sydney Olympic Games
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • Portrait Gallery Old Parliament House
  • W15 (Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, London)