Ted Snell, AM, CitWA death, Professor passed away aged 74

Writer Ted Snell died. (Source: Facebook)
Writer Ted Snell died. (Source: Facebook)


The University of Western Australia expresses their sorrow on the passing of eminent author and honorary professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA.

Readers and others who were fortunate enough to meet him remain devastated by his sudden passing. Beyond his well-known publications, Ted Snell had a significant impact that would live on in future generations as an inspiration and motivator.

Ted Snell’s life, accomplishments, and contagious enthusiasm will be remembered and honored in this article. Keep reading more.

Who was Ted Snell?

In 1949, Ted Snel, AM, CitWA, was born in Geraldton, Western Australia. He traveled to England to begin postgraduate study in Birmingham after earning an Associateship in Art Teaching.

Upon his return to Australia, he started working as a part-time instructor at WAIT (now Curtin University), where he held the positions of Dean of Art and Professor of Contemporary Art. He was named director of the University of Western Australia’s Cultural Precinct in 2009. He has provided cultural commentary for ABC radio and television, The Australian, and has written for regional and international journals. He has written several books and organized a lot of shows, many of which provide documentation of Western Australia’s visual culture.

As Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Artbank, the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, University Art Museums Australia, and a board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts, he has made contributions to the national arts agenda throughout the past four decades.

He formerly served on the boards of the UQ Art Museum, ANAT (Australian Network for Art & Technology), and Balcatta Independent Public School. He also served as chair of the Fremantle Biennale.

Ted Snell passed away: What was his cause of death?

Writer and professor Ted Snell passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones.

The politician David Templeman MLA, Minister for Culture & the Arts; Sport & Recreation; International Education; Heritage, made the news of his passing public by writing a moving obituary the following day, leaving fans, friends, and family in shock and sadness.

Politician David Templeman wrote,

I was sad to hear the news today that Ted Snell AM has died.

I met Ted on numerous occasions over the years and always appreciated his views and insight into the arts in Western Australia. He made a very significant contribution to the arts and cultural landscape.

Thoughts go to his widow, Mary, and their children. Vale.

Numerous people’s lives were impacted by Ted Snell’s writing and personality. For others of his supporters, he served as a friend, mentor, and even confidant. Those who knew him will always treasure his humor, generosity, empathy, and work ethic.

Although the cause of his passing has not been made public, numerous users on social media have shared their sorrow and sympathies in response to this heartbreaking news.

Tributes to Ted Snell

Politician Madeleine King wrote: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Honorary Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA. I had the great privilege of working with Ted Snell when he was the director of the Cultural Precinct at UWA. Ted was an amazing Australian and advocate for the arts, his loss will be felt deeply across the arts and humanities in Western Australia. My thoughts go out to Mary and their children. Vale.”

Illustrator Lani Greener wrote: “Vale Honorary Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA.You will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to have known your poetic, generous soul.A great loss to the arts and humanity.Sending our deepest love to dear Mary and your adored children. 💔

Ted Snell Obituary

Ted Snell was a prolific author, a person who valued his community, and an inspirational lecturer who worked to improve the world through his writing. Ted Snell was a treasure to the world, and his literary accomplishments and the principles he upheld will live on via his books. For many generations to come, authors and readers will be motivated by his recollections and persevering spirit. Rest in Peace, Ted Snell.

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