Issue 18
Monday, 23 October 2017
Charles Darwin University
Franck Gohier has been recognised for his role as an educational leader
Franck Gohier has been recognised for his role as an educational leader

Honour bestowed on artist

By Leanne Miles

An acclaimed visual artist and tireless advocate of the value of art in society has been recognised by Charles Darwin University for his role as an educational leader in fine arts in the Northern Territory.

The honorary title of Companion of the University was bestowed at October graduation on Franck Gohier for his contribution to the development of fine arts in Australia and his long standing connection to, collaboration with and contribution to the university.

Mr Gohier immigrated to the Northern Territory in the mid-1970s and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking in 1992 at the former Northern Territory University (NTU).

Since graduating he has become one of the most influential, prolific and generous artists in the NT. He is one of the most significant donors of original art to the University Art Collection and his work now forms a significant and distinctive cultural collection within the University’s art holdings.

Mr Gohier has been a regular exhibitor and provider of workshops at CDU and helped to establish the Aboriginal printmaking workshop at the University, which later became the Northern Editions Printmaking Studio and Gallery.  He has held formal teaching roles with the NTU, Batchelor Institute and Casuarina Senior College.

He was an instigator of the art programs for prison inmates in the Northern Territory in the late 1990s, which continue today and are an important part of prisoner rehabilitation.

He has provided free tuition and support to many Aboriginal communities to develop and produce limited edition prints that enabled artists to learn a skill and earn an income.

Mr Gohier is a multi-media artist specialising in printmaking, painting and sculpting, who has dedicated his art to the experiences of living within the rich and dynamic context of Northern Australia.

He has developed a satirical, thought-provoking style that is distinctively his and reflective of his place in the tropics. His work is now held, and has been exhibited, locally, nationally and internationally.