Vale, Andy Ewing
NT Writers’ Centre is saddened to learn that talented artist, graphic designer, curator and arts administrator, Andy Ewing, passed away recently. Our Development Manager, Sandra Thibodeaux, penned this brief obituary in honour of his legacy.
Vale, Andy Ewing
Andy Ewing was the funniest person I have ever known. Side-splitting funny. With the knack of making you laugh when things are tough. In the world of arts administration, where you’re often trying to achieve big things with small money, having a funny person on the team is invaluable. He was also very honest, hardworking, very talented in visual design, and – frankly – a genius.
Andy – or Andz as I used to call him, and he’d call me Sandz – Andy joined the NT Writers’ Centre at the start of 2007, and over three years, worked on graphic design, communications, festival management and other things. He was there at the Katherine festival, 2007 – when there was a sudden rush of patrons wanting to take the writers’ cruise up Nitmiluk Gorge, he volunteered to stay behind, and drank champagne with me and other staff on the riverbank, instead. He was also there at the 2009 festival in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. We had to split teams at one point, and Andy took the loud, free music gig in the park. I called him at one stage from the other event, and he yelled into the phone, ‘It’s going off!’ The photos of happy, shiny- faced teenagers in the mosh pit were the proof.
Andy managed the inaugural Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards – back then, it was called ‘Territory Read’. It was exciting to kick-start these important awards, and Andy was passionate about giving the shortlisted and winning authors as much benefit as possible. That was always Andy’s thing – finding new and better ways to give artists support and promotion. And – here’s the crunch – Andy was also a highly talented painter, but he put his own work on hold to support the ambitions of others.
Thank you, Andz – for the laughs, for the brilliant designs, for the passion and the honesty. The world will be a lot less fun without you.
Sandra Thibodeaux, Executive Officer, 2006-2010