Date published: 8/01/2014

Artsource work with many art communities in the Pilbara Region through our Regional and Indigenous activities, which are proudly supported by Rio Tinto. One such community, Ngurrawaana have recently founded the Rosemary Woodley Arts Centre.

The Centre was formed in November 2013 with help from the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) and was named after community Elder, Rosemary Woodley, who has led the charge for the Centres formation.

In working with the community, Artsource sent Carrie McDowell from YAC to Victoria to learn a traditional Malian art technique, Bogolanfini that uses materials similar to those abundant in the Ngurrawaana area. The vibrant colours and ochre found in the Pilbara create a dye that is used to stain cotton cloth.

The colours of Country create a striking effect and the resulting artwork becomes distinctively Yindjibarndi.

Carrie was sent as a representative of the community and since her return, has been working hard with the artists to integrate the new skill into their practices.

The Rosemary Woodley Arts Centre artists have gone from strength to strength this year. Whilst establishing the Centre and learning the intricacies of Bogolanfini, four of the community’s artists entered works into the 2014 Cossack Art Awards. We’d like to congratulate Bianca Dann, Jeanie King, Lisa Allen and Rosemary Woodley on their stunning artworks.

We look forward to seeing what this very talented group of artists at the Rosemary Woodley Arts Centre do next.

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