Program of Event
Keynote Speakers

Jenuarrie

Jenuarrie is a ‘Koinjmal’ woman from the Eastern coastal plains of Central Queensland.

Jenuarrie has been a practicing contemporary visual artist working in textiles, jewellery, ceramics and painting for over three decades. Her works are held in most major public collections throughout Australia, including the Australian National Gallery, and most State galleries and museums.

She is well known throughout Australia for her active involvement and leadership in supporting other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, promoting and developing indigenous art production, presentation of artistic creative merchandise in urban and remote Queensland communities.

Her career as a serious artist began when she was 40 years old, when she enrolled in the Cairns TAFE, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts course. After graduating, she set up her own professional practice in partnership with her artist sister, Heather Walker. They successfully managed their private studio facilities over 12 years, creating a viable arts business.

From 2017-2018, Jenuarrie was one of five Indigenous artists to have works projected onto the Sydney Opera House sails nightly in the water light show titled Badu Gili. The work was derived from a lino print that Jenuarrie produced in 1988 titled ‘Mythical Dancers’.

For Jenuarrie it is vital to her own wellbeing, as she believes that, identifying with one’s own past and being proud of your heritage offers grounding to what you do and how you do it. Jenuarrie currently resides and works in Cairns, far north Queensland and we are looking forward to welcoming her to Thargomindah for the Channel Country Ladies Day.

Workshop: ‘Discover your creativity in print making’

Jenuarrie will show you the fundamentals in how to get striking prints from your lino cuts.