DOB: 24 October 1964
Tanya is descendant of Kattang (Barrington Tops NSW) Father and Worimi (Forster) Mother
Tanya studied at Hamilton College of TAFE Newcastle 1986-1990 Majoring in sculpture
Qualifications: Diploma, Advanced Disploma and Advanced Associate Diploma
‘My work includes a range of Aboriginal contemporary and traditional styles.’
I particularly enjoy to hand whittle wooden Rainbow Serpents with Aboriginal designs.
Richard was born in Bowraville (mother Gumbaynggirr, father Dunghutti)
From an early age Richard would sketch. His father would then burn the images onto boomerangs, shields and spears which they would sell for food.
He was taken away from his family and placed in Kinchela Boys home where he would sketch to pass the time away and to ease the pain of being removed from his family.
In 2008 Richard’s work was selected to be represented at Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to coincide with World Youth Day. During this time he was an artist in residence at The Australian Museum.
In 2010 the Mary Mackillop Institute requested the use of two of his works to be used in the Canonisation Ceremony. Richard was fortunate enough to travel to Rome to witness the event.
The Exhibition on show at the Gallery ‘Creation’ relates to Richard’s aboriginal spirituality and the parrallels with the Catholic faith.
Mabel Ritchie is a Dunghutti woman who was born in Newcastle.
Mabel’s family moved back to her father’s home land, Burnt Bridge when she was very young where she grew up with her brothers and sisters.
As a young girl Mabel loved to watch her aunties and uncle’s paint beautiful pictures. Mabel enjoyed painting stories throughout her schooling years.
Since 2009 Mabel has been painting her own pictures, telling her stories about her life and her culture.
Mabel is currently exhibiting in the Twelve + 3 Creating Connections at
The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie during the month of June
I live in Bellbrook 52 kms west of Kempsey in the Macleay Valley. My tribe is Thungutti. I have lived in Bellbrook all my life.
I like Aboriginal art because of the stories behind them. My uncle use to help me paint when I was a boy. I love going spearing and looking for dhubal (witchetty grubs), turtles and on bush walks with my uncle.
I am a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr Tribe (Nambucca Heads)
Maria says of her work ‘I began painting some 5 years or more when I was attending the Muurrbay language centre.
I work with very fine lines and had to walk all over Sydney looking for the right brush.
I am a perfectionist and if I make a mistake or am not happy with the lines, I wipe them off and start again’ I find painting very relaxing.
My stories are about my life and living near the water. I use to go fishing in both saltwater and freshwater with my sister who has since passed away. We use to fish with ‘Santa Clause beetles’ or cicada’s and catch mullet, blackfish, bream, whiting and eels.