Clive Atkinson

Clive was born in Moroopna, Victoria and is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung tribe.

Clive was educated at Echuca State School and Echuca Technical College. He was awarded an art scholarship to attend the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He also completed a five year apprenticeship at the Riverine Herald, Echuca as a Graphic Designer. Clive then traveled overseas, working in England and Canada as a Graphic Designer/Fine Artist in advertising and marketing. Whilst in Canada, Clive studied Marketing and Communication Art at the Vancouver Vocational Institute, British Columbia.

After returning to Australia, he worked in different studios before establishing a graphics studio in 1980. The studio grew substantially employing 24 people, supplying the major advertising agencies and design studios locally and nationally with a broad client base. Clients included: ATSIC, Australia Arts Council, Aboriginal Housing Board, Aboriginal Affairs Vic., Aboriginal Tourism Australia, Aquatic Pool Centre, Australian Airlines, ANZ Bank, Australia Post, Australian Heritage Commission to name a few.

In 1997 Clive was appointed with David Lancashire to design the Bunjilaka Exhibition for the Museum of Victoria which opened in September 2000. Since then Clive has been actively involved in his studio in Echuca on numerous projects locally and nationally. He has also lectured in Art and Design at the University of Victoria. Clive is also a Director/Tutor for Mirrimbeena Aboriginal Education Group, a registered training organization which was incorporated in 2001 providing a facility for education in music, ceramics, mechanics, sculpture and furniture design.