Vicki West is a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist of the trawlwoolway people from the North East coast region. She undertook a bridging course in art at riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education in Launceston in the early 1990s, and completed her Bachelor Fine Arts in 1999, BFA First Class Honours in 2001 and Masters in 2008 (all University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts)
West has maintained a strong local, national and more recently international exhibition record since entering the field – including solo exhibitions inAdelaide, Launceston and Melbourne, numerous national touring exhibitions including String Theory (2013), Menagerie (2009), tayenebe (2009) , Woven Forms (2005), Native Title Business (2002) and The One Tree Project (2001). She has also exhibited in many group exhibitions throughout Australia, and is represented in many collections of major institutions including St Kilda City Council, St Kilda, VIC, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS, Australian National Museum, Canberra, ACT, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT. She has undertaken numerous public art installations including for Junction Festival/ Streets Alive -2010 / 12, Falls Festival Marion Bay -2010/11 and 12, and Taronga Zoo, NSW, 2012.
West was a representative for Australia at the Festival of Pacific Arts in 2012, and is a featured artist in the recent 2013 series of Richard Bell’s Colour Theory on NITV.
West has worked extensively at the community level, presenting workshops and undertaking projects through schools, museums and at festivals and conferences, both within Tasmania and nationally. She is currently the Children’s Arts and Culture Coordinator for meenah neenah, an Aboriginal Arts Youth program in Launceston.
West arts practice includes large scale installations incorporating multiple elements, smaller scale sculptural works, jewelry, textiles, painting and new media. She draws on traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practices and materials to create contemporary artworks that explore and celebrate cultural survival in the face of continuing colonial myths of the extinction of her people. – in her own words “we are still here”.