Skills share pro­gram has artist back in her coun­try

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An artist res­i­dency pro­gram at Ju­luwarlu Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has seen an Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal artist who has ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally re­turn to her grand­mother’s Yind­jibarndi coun­try to teach and learn more about her her­itage.

Katie West is one of the four artists se­lected by Ju­luwarlu to be part of their Ny­i­nart Yinda pro­gram which aims to em­power lo­cals by de­vel­op­ing their cul­tural roots through artist work­shops.

A Ju­luwarlu spokes­woman said the group was ex­cited to be host­ing West, a young artist of Yind­jibarndi de­scent who had ex­hib­ited in Mel­bourne’s Next Wave fes­ti­val, in Europe and the US. She said the pro­gram would be a two-way learn­ing process for West learn­ing more about her Yind­jibarndi cul­ture and his­tory from com­mu­nity mem­bers while also shar­ing her artis­tic skills.

West’s art ex­plores themes of in­ter­gen­er­a­tional trauma, con­nec­tion to coun­try and de­coloni­sa­tion.

With Ju­luwarlu, West spent the past two weeks con­duct­ing work­shops in bush dye­ing, which al­low artists and lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers to ex­pe­ri­ence their coun­try through its colours and how they in­ter­act with fab­ric. The artist res­i­dency pro­gram is part of Ju­luwarlu’s multi-faceted five-year Nyin­yart Yinda Arts, Lan­guage and Cul­tural Fu­tures Plan which be­gan ear­lier this year.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to ju­luwarlu.com.au.

Pic­ture: Ju­luwarlu Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion

Pansy Cheedy, left, and Ju­dith Cop­pin, right, with artist Katie West.

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