CHRISTINA SUMNER, OAM Sandra Forbes – TAASA Review March 2013


This article was originally found in the March 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 1, Page 27).

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TAASA is delighted to report that our VicePresident, Christina Sumner, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the recent Australia Day honours, for services to the visual arts. most important roles has been the essential liaison between TAASA’s Textile Group (founded 1994) and the Powerhouse, where that group meets.

TAASA is an affiliated society of the Powerhouse, a connection enabled by Christina, which has allowed us to hold many symposia in the Powerhouse’s conference facilities. Christina has been Principal Curator, Design and Society, at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, for 28 years.

She retired from her position on 31 January this year, so the timing of this honour is particularly appropriate, crowning her long career in the arts. For TAASA, Christina Sumner has literally been life-giving ­ she was one of the four original founders of the Society, legendarily `hatched in a yurt’ at the Powerhouse in 1991 (ref...