Vale Meme McDonald

Posted in Communities on 24/Jan/2018 02:54

Regional Arts Victoria is saddened to learn of the passing of Meme McDonald.

An exceptional artist, writer and event manager, Meme was a Board Member of Regional Arts Victoria from 2000-2004. As well as being a passionate supporter of artists and the arts in regional settings, as a Board Member Meme advocated strongly for the inclusion of First Nations protocols in the development and delivery of Regional Arts Victoria projects, including Such Fertile Ground.

Meme’s family and close colleagues have provided the following obituary and notice of a memorial gathering.

Meme McDonald, one of Australia’s most admired and versatile artists, died peacefully with the rising sun two days before Christmas last year at Springhill in the Macedon Ranges. Meme was surrounded and supported by family and friends in her last months.

Meme, a champion of indigenous reconciliation, was known and loved for her professional generosity and artistic integrity. She was an award winner author, acclaimed artistic director, performer and photographer, and a valued colleague to many.

She published ten books that received seven national literary awards. MY GIRRAGUNDJI and NJUNJUL THE SUN were adapted for stage and toured nationally. Other writings include: A YEAR ON THE WING; co-writing/directing rock musicals RIFF-RAFF (performed with Men at Work); XENOPHOBIA (performed with Real Life); numerous theatre productions; and, co-writing with Boori Monty Pryor a feature film-script based on MY GIRRAGUNDJI. Meme wrote and directed the short film, WARRIMA – Shake a Leg Dance for Youthworx Productions.

Meme was Artistic Director and founding member of WEST Theatre (1979). She directed WADERBIRDS (1993) staged in Auckland, Aotearoa, Melbourne, Broome and Kurshiro, Japan. Most recently, Meme conceived and was Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Mountain to Mouth, City of Greater Geelong. She served with wisdom and grace on numerous Boards and arts industry committees.

Meme was a graduate of Queensland University (BA), Victorian College of the Arts (Drama), University of Melbourne (MA), and a yoga teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. In 2012, Meme received the Ros Bower Award from the Australia Council, the highest accolade in the field of community arts and cultural development.

From 4 pm, 18 February 2018 at the Little Church, 1385 Kyneton-Springhill Road, Springhill friends and colleagues are invited to gather with her family to remember Meme, to share stories and to walk together on the land she loved and finally lived on.

Regional Arts Victoria is saddened to learn of the passing of Meme McDonald.

Meme McDonald