Dawn Slade-Faull (1927-1987) was born and grew up in Adelaide. She was an able student who attended, among other places, St. Martin’s school in London and the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide.
She began her career as a potter in 1960 and became an outstanding glaze artist and an excellent teacher. From 1967-74 she was Director of the Slade School of Pottery and the Benwerrin Potters.
Dawn Slade-Faull was a great advocate for people with disability. She held posts with The Australian Red Cross, The Independent Living Centre and The Intellectual Disability Services Council. She was a member of many voluntary bodies including the SA Division of Australia’s Council on Disability and the Recreation Association for People with Disabilities SA Inc. The formation of the Arts in Action program gave her the opportunity to develop a range of initiatives linking her interest in the arts with the needs of people with disability.
Dawn Slade-Faull’s own disability (rheumatoid arthritis), coupled with her dynamic personality, made her a great advocate, change agent and resource for people with disability.
Dawn’s contribution and her life are remembered through this Award.