Cheryl Moodai Robinson is a maternal descendant of the Kooma (Gowamu) clan of SW Queensland. She is a multi-media artist, focusing on sculptural pieces and has worked in many disciplines. Her person artworks are created to speak of her history and culture and are based both on traditional and contemporary form. Her multi-media background has given her the ability to work on large scale public Indigenous art, such as the Casula Powerhouse Arts centre floor project, the Mosaic Seats at Parramatta City Council, The Liverpool Library Plaza foreground, the Parramatta Ferry Wharf project and the Biripi Town Green Project for the Hastings Council all of which involved community consultation and research into local indigenous history.
Cheryl has curated art exhibitions at Casula Powerhouse including Mil-Pra AECG Annual Art Award. She held the position of Regional Indigenous Cultural Officer for Arts Mid North Coast, has taught Aboriginal art/culture at Nindethana Penrith and was chairperson and a member of the NSW Community Arts Association in Sydney. Along side these Cheryl has sat on many Indigenous committess including the ATSI Committee for Parramatta Council.
Lindsay Anderson exhibited with Alison Williams in “Peace & Respect”.
Nyree (Ngari) Reynolds was born in 1948 in Wollongong NSW. Nyree is an Aboriginal woman of the Gamilaraay Nation. She is an Artist/Tutor based in Central West NSW. Nyree has facilitated workshops for many years for disabled adults; people with mental illness; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; Indigenous and non Indigenous children; youth at risk; aged care facilities; local councils and public art projects with children; training the trainers through Accessible Arts, Sydney and in CDEP’s throughout NSW as well as tutoring Aboriginal offenders at Bathurst and Lithgow Correctional Centres.
Craig Smith is a Dunghutti man who was born in 1991. Craig paints the story of the three tribes that live by the three main rivers on the Mid North Coast of NSW; the Manning, the Hastings and the Macleay Rivers and the tribes who are connected to the rivers Anawan (Armidale) , Biripi (Wauchope) and Dunghutti (Kempsey).
“During colonisation the land was cleared of rainforest and vegetation which has impacted on all areas. When heavy rain falls in the catchment area of Armidale the waters rush down causing flooding, severe at times, spreading over the floodplains.”
Anthony Flanders was born 6th May 1965 and is a member of the Dunghutti Tribe. Anthony started painting when he was 17 years old. He is inspired by two uncles, Milton Budge (dec’d) and Robert Campbell Jnr (dec’d).
His paintings relate to tucker, seafood, bush food,and to animals that can be eaten. Some are of totems which are sacred and cannot be eaten.
“Colours I like to use relate to the earth. We belong to the earth; we do not own the land.”
“I am Gina Simon Varagnolo. I live in Taree.
Art is my thinking time about my life experiences. I grew up around Maitland and Newcastle. Me, my partner and 3 sons moved to Taree in 2001.
I started doing Aboriginal art at Taree and Great Lakes TAFE in 2002.
Russell Saunders was one of my art teachers. I learnt a lot from Russell and teachers from Taree and Great Lakes TAFE. They have inspired me to keep up with my paintings.
In 2009 I spent a week as Artist in Residence at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. While there, painting and talking to art gallery goers, I sold works and gained commissions for further works.
I also won a Gilli Award in Sydney 2009 with seven on the 12 categories won by North Coast TAFE nominees. The purpose of the award is to celebrate and recognise the achievements of Aboriginal TAFE NSW Staff and students who have contributed to their communities through training and education.
I completed my Diploma in Fine Art at Great Lakes Campus and Taree TAFE.
In 2010 I won the Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize held at the NewcastleUniversity.”