ARTISTS

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AMARI TJALKURI

Amari Tjalkuri was born in Ernabella around 1960 and went to primary school there. She continued her schooling in Adelaide at Gepps Cross High School.

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She has also graduated from the University of South Australia with a Diploma of Education and has taught at the Ernabella school and at Watarru community. Amari learnt creative arts from her mother who worked at Ernabella Art Centre. Amari’s father Bernard Tjalkuri is also a painter at Tjungu Palya where she learnt how to paint with him. Amari is now living in Adelaide.

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CAROL YOUNG

Carol Young was born in Alice Springs in 1972 and grew up in Pipalyatjara in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in..

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..north-western South Australia. Carol’s mother’s country is Warburton in Western Australia, Pitjantjatara country not far from Pipalyatjara. Carol has painted at Ninuku Arts Centre and is a talented basket weaver.  As a traditional woman, Carol is a custodian of stories of her land and cosmology handed down through generations. Her strong culture has survived for generations in the harsh Australian desert through an intimate knowledge of the country. Carol is a mother to two boys and a girl.

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CEDRIC VARCOE

Cedric was born in Adelaide in 1984, his family is Narangga, from Point Pearce on the mission on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and..

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..Ngarrindjeri from the area along the southern parts of the river Murray the Coorong in southern coastal South Australia. Cedric has won multiple local awards and has been exhibiting since 1997. In 2015 Cedric received a grant from Arts SA for professional development workshops with Better World Arts. During these workshops, Cedric studied colour theory, life drawing and did a lot of research into Ngarrindjeri history and culture at the South Australian Museum.

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DAISYBELL KULYURU

Daisybell Tjalumi Kulyuru was born in Ernabella in 1971. She worked at Ernabella Arts a long time ago. When Daisybell finished school she..

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..learnt to paint canvas and batik. Her batik paintings have won prizes. Daisybell likes to paint bushtucker and traditional imagery. She has worked at Ernabella School as an Aboriginal Education Worker. Recently Daisybell lives with her two children and travels between Adelaide and Ernabella.

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DAMIEN & NYINKALYA MARKS

Damien and Nyinkalya Marks often paint together to create beautiful, vibrant collaborative works. Nyinkalya is a Pitjantjatjara..

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..woman from Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia. And is a talented batik artist as well as painter. Damien is a Walpiri man from Haast’s Bluff, 300km northwest of Alice Springs and comes from a long line of painters. Damien and Nyinkalya have lived in many communities across Australia and have exhibited extensively.

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IMIYARI YILPI ADAMSON

Imiyari Yilpi Adamson was born in Ngunaratjara, near Uluru in the Northern Territory. Her mother’s country is Pipalyatjara, and..

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..her father’s country is Yankunytjatjara.Imiyari and her family travelled to Ernabella (Pukatja) by camel when she was very young. Imiyari grew up and worked at Ernabella Arts, and also made art at Nyapari and Amata Art Centres.

The first things Imi learnt to make at the art centre were floor rugs and batiks. She is a busy lady with many skills; she is an accomplished basket weaver and also makes mukata (beanies). She has been painting for many years and also makes punu (wood carvings.) Imiyari has travelled to Adelaide to stay with her youngest son Mervin and has five grown up children.

In 2008 Imiyari had her prized batik work selected by National Museums Scotland for their collection, and it is displayed in a new Australian Gallery opening at their Edinburgh museum.

In 2011 Imiyari started a series of works at Better World Arts about her life at the Ernabella mission in the 1950’s. These paintings give a unique insight into the lives of the of Anangu at this time. She won 2nd Prize in the Mark Butler art prize and a certificate of honour for her commitment and dedication to the Port Adelaide Arts community.

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KAREN KULYURU

Karen Kulyuru was born in 1969 and raised in Ernabella (Pukatja) on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/ Yankunytjatjara Lands. Karen first learned to paint..

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..by watching her mother and comes from a family of batik silk artists. She started painting at Ernabella Arts and Crafts many years ago. Karen now lives in Adelaide with her family and children. She visits and paints at Better World Arts very regularly, creating works which have been exhibited extensively across Australia.

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NAMI KULUYURU

Nami Kulyuru is the eldest sister from a family of talented batik silk artists and painters. Nami has both Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara heritage.

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Born and raised in Ernabella (Pukatja) in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, Nami first learned to paint by watching her mother in the Ernabella craft room. Nami is renowned for her batik silks, is a skilled weaver and makes hand painted necklaces and she has facilitated mukata (hand woven beanies) workshops in Canberra. Having grown up around the church (her father is a church minister), Nami is a talented musician and she sang in the choir for the Big Hart performance of Ngapartji-Ngapartji in 2008. On top of all of these creative skills, Nami is a qualified Primary School teacher and she is considered one of the key Pitjantjatjara teachers in Ernabella. Nami works at Better World Arts and Ngura Wiru Winkiku when she is in Adelaide and is a valuable member of the team contributing to public arts projects and many community activities.

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NELLY PATTERSON

Nelly Patterson was born out in the bush in 1938. She grew up as a traditional Anangu girl near Pipalyatjara in the Anangu Pitjatjantjara/Yankunytjatjara..

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..Lands, with no whitefellas or roads. The first white men she saw were the camel workers passing through. When Nelly was a little older, the missionaries came. She remembers coming into Ernabella and seeing people wearing clothes, and she was scared. Nelly moved to Areonga, near Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory, and lived there for a long time, nearly eighteen years. She did pottery there. She then lived in Jay Creek, where her grandfather is from. She travelled all over the country and had come back and forth to Adelaide to bring up her grandchildren. She now lives in Adelaide permanently. As a senior traditional woman, Nellie is a custodian of the stories and lore which has sustained her people throughout generations.

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PHYLLIS EDWARDS

Phyllis Edwards was born in Alice Springs and lived in Ernabella as a child. Her parents were both Pitjantjatjara, her mother from..

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..Ernabella and her father from Mimili. Phyllis has lived in Adelaide since she was a teenager but still travels back to the APY Lands regularly. In Ernabella, Phyllis learned to paint batik silk and also painting on canvas. Her cousin sister, Nyukana Daisy Baker, was a talented painter and ceramicist from Ernabella and Phyllis learned many of her creative skills from being around Daisy. Phyllis has painted for several years and has worked in translating and also at Wiltja, the Pitjantjatjara hostel for teenagers studying at Woodville High School.

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RAMA KALTU-KALTU SAMPSON

Rama Kaltu-Kaltu Sampson was born c. 1936 in Mt. Davis, Pipalyatjara, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. He is an accomplished..

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..painter and traditional ngangkari – doctor and spiritual healer. Rama painted at Ernabella for three years before coming to Adelaide. His strong knowledge of tjukurpa (dreaming) has earned him much respect and his work has been exhibited extensively across Australia. As an Anangu elder, Rama has a great wealth of traditional knowledge and skills. Rama’s country is Kuntjanu, and he is a custodian of the Wanampi Tjukurpa – the Rainbow Serpent Dreaming.

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STEPHEN PITJARA MARTIN

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YARITJI HEFFERNAN

Yaritji Heffernan is a ‘bush baby,’ born in Mulga Park station near Ernabella. She has fond memories of growing up at the Emissiona misison school, where..

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..she lived as a child with many of the women now painting in Adelaide. Her parents were both Pitjantjatjara, her father was from Angkatja and her mother was from Umutju. Yaritji married an Arrente man near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and can speak a little  Arrente and Amatyerre as well as Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjara. Yarijti is a skilled artist who first learned to paint ‘walka wiru’ design-based works in the Ernabella craft room in the seventies. As well as painting, she made batik silks, tapestries, hooked floor rugs, oil paintings and ceramics. She remembers winning 1st and 2nd prize at the Alice Springs show for her artworks as a young woman. More recently through the NPY Women’s Council, Yaritji learned to weave tjanpi (baskets), mukata (beanies) and hand paint seed necklaces. She has facilitated arts workshops in Darwin and Adelaide.

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