A great sense of self worth and pride.
Yinjaa-Barni Art has had its home in Dalgety House, a heritage-listed cottage on the main street of Roebourne, since 2007, soon after the group became incorporated. Prior to this, it operated from a shed at the back of the Aboriginal Church in Roebourne, of which many of the artists are members. Two of the artists, elders Clifton Mack and Maudie Jerrold, had begun painting earlier at Cossack in 2001 when Pilbara TAFE offered a painting and design course there.
Over the last few years the Yinjaa-Barni artists have enjoyed growing success. Many have won major awards in large regional exhibitions, principally the Cossack Art Award, the largest regional art award in Australia. Some have exhibited in Italy, Sydney, Perth and Fremantle at prestigious galleries. Several of the senior artists have been offered solo exhibitions and the younger painters, with their seniors as models, are developing strong individual styles. In 2010 Clifton Mack was chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Telstra National Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin.
Apart from their remarkable talent, one of the qualities that characterises these painters from the Pilbara is the strong individuality of each artist’s style. While they all represent their country and the sites and elements that have such personal meaning to them, they relate their stories on their canvases in strikingly distinctive ways.
Their achievements in painting have provided the artists with a great sense of self-worth and pride, as well as providing them with a viable means of economic independence. For the older members of the group, art is an important means of expressing and relaying their love for their country, their culture and the flora of the region. They are now using it as one of the mediums, along with story-telling, to pass on their knowledge to the younger generations, particularly about local plants and their traditional uses. Younger painters are increasingly active in the group and rapidly gaining recognition.
Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre would like to acknowledge and thank Rio Tinto for its continuous support over the past 10 years. Rio Tinto supports the centre and artists through funding and the annual Colours of our Country Exhibition.
Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre is proud of its independent status and growing success.
Prior to this she had worked with some of the artists when she was teaching art for Pilbara TAFE. Patricia’s artistic background, her passion for perfection and for fostering the talent of the Yinjaa-Barni artists has ensured their ongoing and sustainable success.
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