Dr. Greg Lehman is a well-known Tasmanian artist, curator, essayist, poet and commentator on history, identity and place. Descended from the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania, Greg has an intimate relationship with the island’s Indigenous culture and his creative works explore the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s social fabric. His research on the visual history of Aboriginal Tasmania has included a Masters in Art History at the University of Oxford and a PhD at the University of Tasmania.
In 2017, Greg curated the development of First Tasmanians, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s first permanent Indigenous gallery. Together with Tim Bonyhady, he recently co-curated The National Picture: the Art of Tasmania’s Black War, a major touring exhibition on the work of Benjamin Duterrau and other Tasmanian colonial artists that opened at the National Gallery of Australia in 2018. This year also saw the premier season of A Tasmanian Requiem, an oratorio for which Greg wrote the libretto for a composition by Helen Thomson and visual design by Julie Gough.
As well as academic articles on subjects ranging from fire ecology and heritage management, to Indigenous tourism and colonial art, Greg contributed key publications to Australia’s ‘History Wars’. Greg was a foundation member of the National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Reference Group, and is Indigenous Advisor to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. In 2018, Greg was awarded a McKenzie Fellowship at the University of Melbourne to continue his research on relationships between art and conceptions of contemporary Indigenous culture.
Greg is a Full Writer Member of APRA. In 2010, his lyrics were performed at ‘Voices of Celebration’ as part of the Gondwana National Choirs and Sydney Children’s Choirs’ 21st Birthday Concert at the Sydney Opera House. His creative writing has been published in antho