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Ann Snell Gallery

Art consultant, curator and collector

Property Donor: Invictus P/L

Launched: 22 December 2014

Closed: 7 May 2015


about Ann Snell Gallery

Jason Coulthard and Ann Snell will shine a bright light on Indigenous Art at a professional level not yet seen in the Hunter region.

Representing internationally recognized Indigenous Artists and emerging Indigenous Artists, we are proud to represent the Fine Art from the oldest continuing culture in world.

What do you do?
I’m an art consultant, curator and collector.

A primary motivation for working with Aboriginal Art is giving my clients access to Aboriginal philosophy and culture via beautiful paintings. Art is a great vehicle for healing and learning and the art industry has become a lifeline for Aboriginal communities to self-sustain.

After graduating from National Art School in 2001 I travelled for two years. I opened my gallery in Surry Hills representing Indigenous Artists with regular visits to remote communities to source paintings.

As Managing Director of Ann Snell Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney. I found that many of my clients were overseas collectors with a keen eye for quality. The French are leading the way in valuing our Indigenous Art culture however I would love Australians to get on board.

When I work within the Indigenous Art industry one of the big issues is sourcing ethical art. This is always at the forefront of my mind when I am collecting. As an art buyer it’s very tricky to navigate whether you are buying ethical Aboriginal Art. My clients can be reassured that Ann Snell Gallery is a foundation Member of Indigenous Art Code of Conduct.

After relocating our family to Newcastle from Sydney in 2014, my first International Art project was upon us, two years of planning were over! Ann Snell Gallery partnered with ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle USA, shipping a major collection of Art to the Seattle Gallery, travelling to Seattle with my young family, I delivered educational talks on Art and Culture over a period of five weeks. This is an ongoing cultural project with the US Gallery.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
We have been following Renew for a few years before we relocated to Newcastle. The innovative logic behind taking a problem and making an opportunity was exciting and a city that was forward thinking enough to adopt it was also attractive.

We plan to engage with the Newcastle community through, exhibitions, via family days, cultural organizations and will provide a range of events promoting art and cultural exchange. Down the track we plan to offer an Artist mentoring program.