Greg Lehman is a well-known Tasmanian art historian, curator, essayist, poet and commentator on 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.
In 2017, Greg curated First Tasmanians, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s first permanent Indigenous gallery. Together with Tim Bonyhady, he also 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 May, 2018. The National Picture won the 2019 Museums and Galleries Australia Award for a Travelling Exhibition.
As well as academic articles on subjects ranging from fire ecology and heritage management, to Indigenous tourism and colonial art, Greg has contributed key publications to Australia’s ‘History Wars’. He 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.
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. He has recently completed a libretto for the oratorio A Tasmanian Requiem, which premiered at the Theatre Royal, Hobart in 2018.
Greg’s creative writing has been published in anthologies of verse and essays for over twenty years. He received the 2016 AAANZ award for ‘Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian for his essay Benjamin Duterrau: the Art of Conciliation. Greg regularly collaborates with visual artists who seek to engage with Tasmanian’s deep history and culture, including Tom Nicholson, Nigel Helyer and Imants Tillers.
In 2020, Greg was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor, Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania