Vale Artist Lehan Ramsay – 4 July 2016

Sadly, artist Lehan Ramsay ended her life on the 4th of July, 2016.

 

Lehan was a tireless and dedicated educator, arts activist, photographer, painter, curator, writer and artist who in her early career was an enthusiastic, visionary and active participant and collaborator in the Brisbane/Queensland artist-run scene during the 1980s and 1990s.

 

Lehan collaborated passionately with many activists, artists, designers, actors, photographers, writers, poets and media makers on artist-runs including The Observatory Gallery in Little Roma Street, The Artworker’s Union (Qld), the Queensland Artworker’s Alliance, Crux, That Contemporary Art Space, John Mills National, Arch Lane Public Art, Axis Art Projects, The Billboard Project and throughout the course of her professional arts career spanning three decades was included in significant solo and group exhibitions in Queensland, throughout Australia, Japan and around the globe.

 

Lehan’s enthusiasm for the ongoing project of feminism, for artist rights, for the power of collaboration and for social change for artists has in turn  produced immeasurable boons, milestones and vivid and fond memories for so many of us.

 

Thank you beloved Lehan for everything, we are truly grateful that you, your dear family and friends, and your tireless collaborations have blessed each and everyone of our lives and touched so many of us so deeply, so enthusiastically, so lovingly and so profoundly.

 

Tributes are welcomed here.

 

Here is The Billboard Project digital archive, one of many memorable artist-run projects Lehan collaborated on:

http://remix.org.au/portfolio_page/collaborations-public-art-the-billboard-project-lehan-ramsay-anna-zsoldos

 

PHOTO ( Above L – R ): Artists Lehan Ramsay with Gary and Jay in conversation in the sculpture garden at 2B: The Garage, an artist-run on 2nd Street and Avenue B, East Village in the mid to late 1980s and early 1990s,  NYC 1988

PHOTO: AXIS Art Projects Collaboration, Artist Paul Andrew, 1988