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Ethnicity Tongan/German/Dutch/Polish Nationality New Zealand
Education Master of Professional Studies (Education) (Hons) 2019

Graduate Diploma Teaching (Primary) 2009 Victoria University
Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Arts 1995
Bachelor of Fine Arts 1991-94,
Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

2019 Works, Miranda Gallery, Thames
2017 Un/trained Thoughts, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2016 Kofukofu Koloa, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
2014 Between the Lines, Northart Gallery, Auckland
2012 New works, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland
2007 Works, Lesa Gallery, Petone, Wellington
2003 Elements of Style, The Lane Gallery, Auckland
2002 Embellished, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
2001 Koloa, The Lane Gallery, Auckland
1999 Tutu, The Lane Gallery, Auckland
1996 New Work, The Lane Gallery, Auckland
1995 New Prints, The Lane Gallery, Auckland

2021 ‘Amui ‘i Mu’a - Ancient Futures, The Wallace Arts Centre, (with Filipe Tohi)
2018 Whānau, Miranda Farm Gallery, Thames, (Fatu Feu’u / Helen Feu’u / Ercan Cairns)
2016 Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, City Gallery, Invercargill
2015 Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, Ashburton Gallery, Ashburton
Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, Aigantighe Gallery, Timaru
Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, Forrester Gallery, Oamaru
2014 Tonga ‘I Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary, Pataka Museum, Wellington
2013 Between the lines, Solander Gallery, Wellington, (with Cerisse Palagi)
Patterns of Exchange, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland (with Sheyne Tuffery)
2010 Flora, Kapkap, Hiapo and Koloa, okaioceanikart@okai Gallery, Auckland

(with Sylvia Marsters, Cerisse Papalagi and Ellie Fa’amauri )
Flora, Kapkap and Koloa, okaioceanikart@Reef Gallery, Auckland
(With Sylvia Marsters and Ellie Fa’amauri)
Flora, Kapkap and Koloa, Calder and Lawson Gallery, WEL Energy Trust Academy Of

Performing Arts, The University of Waikato, Hamilton
(With Sylvia Marsters and Ellie Fa’amauri)

2002 Wrapted Up, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland, (with Alexis Neal)
2001 History Unfolds, Blue Pacific Gallery, Pataka Porirua Museum, Wellington, (with Alexis Neal)
1999 New Paintings and Prints, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland, (with Fatu Feu’u)
1997 Voyages, The Lane Gallery, Auckland, (with Alexis Neal)

2014 From Ngatu to Self, Galerie Winkler, Papeete, Tahiti
1995 South Seas Polynesian Culture Week, Sandefjord, Norway

2019 ‘Amui ‘ Mu’a - Ancient Futures, Me’a ‘Ofa Gallery, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
2017 Pūtahi V i Tahiti, Musée de Tahiti et des Îles, Tahiti

Pūtahi V i Tahiti, Galerie Winkler, Tahiti
Pūtahi V i Tahiti, Centre des Métiers d’Art, Tahiti

2015 Scrum Down-Print Forward: RWC Print, Northern Print, United Kingdom
2013 Made in Oceania - Tapa Art and Social Landscapes, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures

of the World, Cologne, Germany
No’o Fakataha, ‘Atenisi University, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

2012 Made in NZ - Contemporary Art from NZ, Agora Gallery, New York, USA
SH Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

2010 ‘Au Mei Moana – Returning tides: The Tonga Cultural Heritage Exhibition, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
2003 Sydney Art on Paper Fair, Fox Studios, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia
2002 Pacific Notion, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
2001 Pataka, 6 Contemporary New Zealand Painters, Noosa Regional Gallery Queensland, Australia

Lanuola, Somarts Art Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

2000 Seventh Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia
1999 Pacific Art, pacific_artspace, Melbourne, Australia

Renaissance, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia

1998 Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings. Melbourne, Australia
1996 South Pacific Arts Festival, Apia, Western Samoa

2021 The Scent of Two Lands, Arthaus Contemporary
Barrel Store Colony, Corban Estate Art Centre
Open Channels, Miranda Gallery, Thames
2020 Legacy of an Era, Lake House Gallery
2019 Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy, Solander Gallery, Wellington
Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy, Russell Museum, Bay of Islands
Auckland Art Fair, Warwick Henderson Gallery, The Cloud
2018 3.15 Westlake Girls Teachers & Students, Northart Gallery

Building Bridges, Mairangi Arts Centre
Shine on Seleka, Small Axe Studio
Auckland Art Fair, Warwick Henderson Gallery, The Cloud
VEFA Art Fair, Devonport

2017 Art + Auction, Raparua School, Blenheim

3.15 Westlake Girls Teachers & Students, Northart Gallery

2016 Tautai / Navigate, Artstation

The Paper Show, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth
2015 King’s College Fine Art Sale, King’s College
Art + Auction, Rapaura School, Blenheim

3.15 Westlake Girls Teachers & Students, Northart Gallery
Kilbirnie School Auction, Kilbirnie School, Wellington
The Big Egg Hunt, in support of The Starship Foundation
2014 Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition, Auckland Showgrounds
3.15 Westlake Girls Teachers & Students, Northart Gallery
Auckland Grammar Art Expo, Auckland Grammar

2013 First Impressions, National Printmaking Exhibition, Mairangi Arts Centre

3.15 Westlake Girls Teachers & Students, Northart Gallery
Pacific Voices 2, OREXART
To be Pacific, The Tairawhiti Museum of Art & Culture, Gisborne
The famous $150 Matariki Exhibition, The Poi Room
2012 No’o Fakataha - Matala Festival, Mangere Arts Centre
Small Desires, Solander Gallery, Wellington

2011 The Vitrine, Waikato Museum, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Waikato
Resilience, okaioceanikart@Parliament House, Wellington
2010 Print and Pacific Exhibition, Williams Gallery, Petone, Wellington
Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition, Auckland Showgrounds
Haere Mai / Okai, okaioceanikart@Reef Gallery
Macleans College Art Sale, Macleans College
2009 Summer Stock Show, The Lane Gallery
Print Show, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
Rip Tide – Contemporary Pacific Art at the Pacific Cooperation Conference:Pacific Wave - Weathering the Economic Storm, Sky City Hotel
Artists for Tsunami Relief ART AUCTION – Webb’s, Newmarket

2008 The Printmakers, Catchment Gallery, Nelson

Conversations Across Time, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

2007 Stockroom Show, Lesa Gallery, Petone, Wellington
2006 Pacific Metaphors, The Lane Gallery
Artworks, Diocesan School for Girls
2005 Woodcuts, The Lane Gallery
2004 Stroke for Stroke, St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Adorn, Catchment Gallery, Nelson
2003 The Drawing Show, Northart Gallery

Plunket Art Show, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

2002 Christmas Show, Whitespace Gallery
Second Exposure, Northart Gallery
Scaled Down, The Lane Gallery
Westfield Style Pasifika: Resonance Installation at Westfield Glenfield
Artworks - Rotary Club Ellerslie Exhibition, Hilton Hotel
Carmel College Art Exhibition, Carmel College
Diocesan Art Works, Diocesan School
Cross Currents, The Lane Gallery

2001 VW Show in conjunction with The Lane Gallery, VW Showrooms

Carmel College Art Exhibition, Carmel College
Wahine Pacifica, Te Wa/The Space, Wanganui
Catalogue Show, Warwick Henderson Gallery
2000 Carmel College Art Exhibition, Carmel College

Summer Arts Festival, Chiaroscuro
Small Works, Flagstaff Gallery
Art Pacifika 2000, The Lane Gallery
1999 Romantic Notions, Pataka Porirua, Wellington

Vision, Aotea Centre
Carmel College Art Exhibition, Carmel College
Art Pacifika 99, The Lane Gallery
1998 Pasifika, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch

El Pacifico, El Framo

Carmel College Art Exhibition, Carmel College
A New Era Begins, The Coach House
Intercede, Soliloquy Gallery
Heart of the Niu, Artstation

1997 Nga Taonga a Hine-te-iwa-iwa, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington
Pacific Island Group Show, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
The Lane Gallery, Coutts Mercedes Benz
North Shore City Women’s Refuge Show, Mairangi Arts Centre
Carmel College Art Exhibition, Carmel College
Woodcuts show, The Lane Gallery
Young Contemporaries, Mairangi Arts Centre
Art Pasifika, The Lane Gallery
1996 Pacific Passages, The Lane Gallery
Pasifika 96, Western Springs Tautai tent
1995 North Shore City Art Awards, Mairangi Arts Centre,
Free Polynesia from the Bomb, Outreach
Botanica, The Lane Gallery

1994 Buddle Findlay Art Award, Chiaroscuro
Te Hono O Nga Motu E Rua, Te Taumata Gallery
Te Taiawhio I Rehia, Te Taumata Gallery
1993 On and Off the Wall, George Fraser Gallery
1987 Auckland Star Secondary School Art Awards, Auckland

2021 * ‘Amui ‘I Mu‘a – Ancient Futures’ linking traditional and contemporary Tongan art:

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples
‘Amui ‘i Mua: Ancient Futures: Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi,
Exhibition catalogue with contributing essays by Billie Lythberg, Phyllis Herda, Melenatie
Taumoefolau and Seini Taufa

2020 Ancient futures, Art News Summer 2020, By Billie Lythberg
Raised amongst the Kainga, The Pantograph Punch, By the artist
2019 Paradise Lost, Daniel Solander’s Legacy, Exhibition Catalogue
2018 Building Bridges, Article by Claire Chamberlain, Channel Magazine, October
2017 Connections from Here to There, from Yesterday to Today: Cologne Exhibition 2013-14 “Made
in Oceania:Tapa - Art and Social Landscapes”, Article by Oliver Lueb, for TAPA From Tree bark
to Cloth: An Ancient art of Oceania Publication

2016 Between the Folds, Article by Ane Tonga, Art New Zealand, Winter

Postcards, Francis McWhannell, Art News, Winter 2016
* Sunday Arts, T.J McNamara, The New Zealand Herald, March

2015 National egg hunt to raise funds for sick kids, By Vaimoana Tapaleao, The New Zealand Herald, February 20

2014 Two Tongan Contemporary Art Publications, by Lana Lopesi for Eye Contact
*Tonga Unmoored, Pataka’s Tonga Contemporary, by Stella Ramage for Art NZ
*Ties that Bind, by Mark Amery for The Big Idea
Tonga ‘i Onopooni, Catalogue review by Nina Kinahoi Tonga, Pataka Porirua
2013 Here She Comes...Patterns, Influences and References in Dagmar Dyck’s practice, A Dissertation by Marine Vallee
Take These with You When You Leave, Contemporary Pacific Artists who reference Tapa, by
Caroline Vercoe and Nina Tonga for Made in Oceania Catalogue
2012 *Review of Matala Festival, 2012, Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai for SOUTH
*No’o Fakataha, Catalogue review, by Dr Billie Lythberg, Auckland City Council

2010 Pacific culture a launchpad for her art, By Michelle Cooke, East & Bays Courier September 8, 2010
Flora, Koloa, Kapkap, by Lisa Taouma, Curator statement

Dagmar Dyck, A labour of love, Tautai Newsletter, by Nina Tonga
Both sides of the picture, The New Zealand Herald, January 23, 2010

2008 Conversations Across Time, Whakawhiti Korero, By Michael Reed and Karen Stevenson The Frangipani is dead, By Karen Stevenson
2006 12 Contemporary NZ Artists, 2007 Calendar
2004 Paradise Now? In Association with Asia Society

Sea theme unites cultures, Angela Moraity, The Nelson Mail
*Traditional, contemporary mix in Pacific exploration, Paula Cunniffe, The Nelson Mail, November 10th
NZ, Leading the way in Pacific Contemporary Visual Arts, Creative NZ and the Pacific Arts Committee

2003 *Arts on Wednesday, T.J. McNamara, The New Zealand Herald, October 29
Pacific Art Niu Sila, the Pacific dimension of contemporary New Zealand arts.
Edited by Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira
2002 Art New Zealand Today, Edited by Liz Caughey

Inspired by cultural backgrounds, Kapi-Mana, January 15, 2002

2001 Catalogue – Pataka, Noosa Gallery, August

Westpac Trust Quarterly Magazine, Karen Holdom, August
*National Business Review, John Daly Peoples, July
*Monday Arts, T.J.McNamara, The New Zealand Herald, July 16
Homage to Tongan Art, Creative New Zealand on Arts, 07/2001 Issue 21
Catalogue, Warwick Henderson Gallery
2000 12 Contemporary NZ Artists, 2001 Calendar
Women’s’ Studies Journal, Cover Page
1999 *Summer of Art, Art News, Summer Issue. 1999

Tapa images celebrate heritage, North Shore Times Advertiser, April 30

A Pacific Presence, Art New Zealand, Autumn, 1999
1998 The Art of Investment, She & More Magazine
1997 Women’s Studies Journal, Cover page
Nga Taonga a Hine-te-iwa-iwa, Catalogue
12 Contemporary NZ Artists, 1998 Calendar
Art News, Winter Issue
Heritage Basis for displayed Work, North Shore Times Advertiser, March 25

1996 Tapa for Today, Sue Gardiner, Pacific Way

New Zealand Home and Building, February/March Issue
Tautai Contemporary Pacific Trust, Newsletter, Shona Jennings
12 Contemporary NZ Artists, 1996 Calendar
1995 Genetic Art, Bryn Reade, More Magazine

* Exhibitions, John Daly Peoples, Art New Zealand, Spring Issue
* Utiliser sammen med Gauguin, Carl Eric Horda, Avisen, Sandefjord, July 26 (Exhibition together with Gauguin)
* Wednesday Arts, T.J McNamara, The New Zealand Herald, June 14
* Painting with Icons of Polynesian Power, Bryn Reade, Craccum Magazine, June 12
First Exhibition for Artist, North Shore Times Advertiser, June 6
Achievers Magazine 1995 – A guide to Pacific Island Scholarships, Tapu Misa


2014 Artwork, Jade Baker, Auckland
2012 Artwork, Sylvia Park School, Auckland
2010 Artwork, Kerry Tutty, Auckland
2004 Artwork, Suva Central, Suva, Fiji
2002 Artwork, Auckland College of Education, Auckland Artwork, Career Services New Zealand, Wellington

1999 Painting, Karen Lee, Auckland Painting, Carol Perry, Auckland Painting, Mt. Eden Dental Surgery, Auckland
1997 Painting, Dr J. Hannah Dental Surgery, Auckland
1995 Wall Hanging, Sky City Hotel, Auckland
1994 Mural, The Tongan Beach Resort, Vava’u, Tonga



Tonga High Commission – Hong Kong
New Zealand High Commission - Tonga
Tradenz – South America
Tjiboau Cultural Centre – New Caledonia



Wallace Art Collection
New Zealand Parliamentary Collection, Wellington
MFAT Collection – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade Art
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Wellington
Auckland City Council
Manukau City Council
Massey University
Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
One Tree Hill College, Auckland
Onehunga High School, Auckland
Dilworth School, Auckland
Westlake Girls High School, Auckland
Russell McVeagh, Auckland
Art Union Group
Cameron Collection
Sky City Hotel, Auckland
Heritage Hotel, Auckland
Centra Hotel, Auckland
Quay West, Auckland
Hotel du Vin, Auckland
Heritage Hotel, Christchurch
Westpac Banking, Auckland


2016 - 2021 Marsden Fund - Selected Investigator Artist for ‘Ancient Futures: Late 18th

& Early 19th Century Tongan arts and their legacies’

2019 Teacher Study Award - Sabbatical

The Marie Clay Literacy Trust Conference Workshop Presenter’s Award

Travel and Project Grant, Creative New Zealand
Travel Grant, Creative New Zealand
2013 Travel Grant, Creative New Zealand
2012 Project Grant, Creative New Zealand
2002 Finalist, Wallace Arts Award
Project Grant, Creative New Zealand
2001 Project Grant, Creative New Zealand
2000 Project Grant, Creative New Zealand
1999 Martin Hughes Architects Special Travel Award
1997 Project Grant, Creative New Zealand
1996 Project Grant, Creative New Zealand

1995 Project Grant, Creative New Zealand
1993-5 Auckland City Council QEII Scholarship
1991 Pacific Island Youth Leadership Trust National Work
2021 - current Creative, cultural, recreation, and technology sectors Workforce Strategy Project Board
2021 Te Rito Toi - Content Creator Pasifika Arts, The University of Auckland
2021 - current Aotearoa Association of Art Educators Executive Committee
2020 - current NCEA Pacific Peoples Review Panel - Ministry of Education
2019-21 Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand - Council Member (Ministerial Appointment)
2021 Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Inaugural Chair - Pacific Education Steerage Group
2019 Tapasā National Workshop Facilitator - Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
2018-19 Tapasā Expert Teacher Group - Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand


2019-21 Board of Trustees - Auckland Girls Grammar School
2016-19 Board of Trustees - One Tree Hill College
2021 - current Pacific Advisory Board - Tāmaki Paenga / Auckland Museum
2020 - current Aotearoa Tongan Teaches Association Founding Committee member
2015 - current No’o Fakataha Tongan Arts Collective Founding Member / NZ


2021 The Kingdom of Tonga - Language and Arts, Panel talk, The University of Auckland
‘Amui ‘i Mua: Ancient Futures: Artist talanoa and Catalogue launch, The Wallace Arts Centre
10 x 10 artist talks, The Wallace Arts Centre
‘ETHER: The art of Seeing and Hearing The other’ Provocation panelist, LEEDS University, UK
Pacific Islanders of Intel Symposium, Presenter, USA
Te Rito Toi: The twice born seed Public Lecture, Panelist, Wellington
AANZAE Conference, Presenter, See Me, Know Me, Believe in Me: Re-imagining Pasifika
Student Success as Pasifika in Visual Arts

2020 Panelist, South Pacific Islander Organisation Virtual Summit

Author of the PM Aotearoa Readers ‘Making a Kahoa Kakala’ and ‘At the Maketi’ with Cengage
Publishing, Melbourne, Australia

2019 ‘Amui ‘i Mua: Ancient Futures: Conference Organiser, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Artist Talk, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
Artist Talk at ‘Georg-Forster-Gesellshaft’, Woerlitz/Dessau, Germany
Presenter at Museum Ethnographers Group, Horniman Museum, London
2018 Artist talk at Raven Row hosted by University of Auckland & In*ter*is*land

Collective, London
Co-ordinator of Shine on Seleka Fundraiser Initiative
Matthew Browne Summer School Print Workshop, Auckland

2017 Presenter ‘Tapa Talk’, Auckland Central Library

Presenter ‘Kofukofu Koloa’, PAA Pacific Conference, University of Samoa, Apia
Matthew Browne Summer School Print Workshop, Auckland

2016 Artist Talk for ‘Kofukofu Koloa’ Gus Fisher Gallery, Akld Arts Festival
Panel Participant ‘The Duality of Artefacts’, PAA International Symposium, Akld
Corbans Estate Summer School Mixed Media Workshop, Auckland

2015 Guest Speaker, Dilworth Junior Campus Formal Dinner

Panel Discussion, Pacific Arts Association Conference, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Model for Royal Ta’ovala Fashion Show, Coronation Week, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Artist talk - Dilworth Senior Campus Art Department

Artist talk - Kelston Boys High School Art Department
Artist talk - Kelston Girls High School Art Department
Member of Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Committee Member of Auckland Secondary Schools Art Teachers Association
2014 Invited Presenter at Pacific Arts Cluster Conference, Corban Arts Centre

Member of Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Guest Speaker / Artist Talk - Onehunga Rotary Club
Artist Talk - Glenbrae School, Auckland
Presenter - ANZAAE, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators, Conference AUT University, Auckland
Artist Panel - Austronesian Vaka, Pacific Arts Association, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia
Invited Speaker - Elam Maori and Pasifika Inaugural Graduation Ceremony, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University
Invited Speaker - Artist talk for the Auckland Secondary Art Teacher Association, Dilworth College, Auckland
Print workshop for Auckland Secondary Art Teachers Association, Dilworth College Auckland
Co-coordinator for Festival of Education Public Art project and Panellist ‘Soul Food in
Education - The Arts are Alive’, Festival of Education, Auckland Viaduct Event Centre
Co-Organiser and Promoter for #HelpHa’apai Relief Fundraiser, Community Cafe
and Mangere Arts Centre

2013 Keynote Speaker - Tongan Research Association Conference, AUT Manukau
Mixed Media Workshop Tutor, Auckland Intermediate Teachers Association
Guest Artist - Pacific Showcase, The Cloud, Auckland
Summer School Tutor, Mixed Media Workshop, Corban Estate Arts Centre

2012 Co-curator - No’o Fakataha Exhibition, Matala Festival
Artist Talk – Mountain View Primary School, Auckland
Featured Artist - ‘Neighbourhood’ TVNZ,
2011 Artist Talk – Sylvia Park Primary School, Auckland
2010 Workshop Tutor for ‘Fresh Horizons’ workshop, Auckland

Artist Talk – Tamaki College, Auckland

2009 Featured Artist – ‘Canvassing the Treaty’ Documentary – Maori TV

Artist Talk – Tangaroa College, Auckland

2008 Guest Speaker, Emerging Artists Forum, Tautai Trust

Mentor – Whitireia Polytechnic
Featured Artist – Pacific Beats TVNZ

2007 Workshop Tutor for ‘Fresh Horizons’ workshop, Auckland
Mentor – Whitireia Polytechnic

Event Manager for ‘Fresh Horizons’ workshop, Porirua, Wellington
2005 Workshop Speaker/Tutor for ‘Fresh Horizons’ workshop
2003 Guest Speaker, Kelston Intermediate Prizegiving
Guest Speaker, Marcellin and Dilworth High Schools

Invited Guest Speaker for A.C.E Seminar
Trustee for Pasifika Fashions Trust
2002 Art Tutor for After School Care programme

Workshop speaker for ‘schools programme’ at The Edge
Speaker for Elam School of Fine Arts, Printmaking Dept
Trustee for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Trustee for Pasifika Fashions Trust

2001 Guest Speaker, Westlake Girls High School Leavers’ Dinner

Trustee for Pasifika Fashions Trust

2000 Trustee for Pasifika Fashions Trust
1999 Treasurer for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Trustee for Pasifika Fashions Trust
Guest Speaker for Pacific Arts Conference, Auckland
Judge for Pacific Heartbeat Art Awards

Judge for Auckland City Pacific Art Awards
1998 Trustee for Pasifika Fashions Trust Judge for Auckland Intermediate Schools Art Awards

Ada Bird Patyarre



BORN circa 1930


LANGUAGE Anmatyerre



Ada Bird Petyarre was born at Akaye Soakage, Utopia 1930c. She is an Anmatyerre speaker and her country is Atnangkere. Ada has painted silk batiks and used acrylic to paint on canvas and linen. The traditional stories that she paints are Mountain Devil Lizard, Emu, Pencil Yam, Grass Seeds and Small Brown Grass.

Ada has had her work shown in individual exhibitions and group exhibitions both in Australia and overseas since the late 1970’s for her silk batik work, and in the 1990’s for her painting on canvas. Ada is one of seven sisters and with her sisters, participated in an exhibition of the same name in the Brisbane City Hall in 2001. Her sisters include other famous artist’s, Kathleen Petyarre, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Jeannie and Nancy. Four of her family members exhibited silks and paintings with her in Paris in December 1997.



Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

University of Queensland, Anthropology Museum, St. Lucia.



1990 Utopia Art, Sydney

1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT

1999 Ginninderra Galleries, ACT



1977-1987 Exhibited with Utopia women at exhibitions in Australia and overseas

1988 Time Before Time, Austral Gallery, St. Louis, USA

1988 Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Sydney Harvey Galleries, NSW

1989 Utopia Batik, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.

1990 Utopia-A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes` a Court Collection by Utopian which toured Eire and Scotland.

2000 “Utopia” Exhibition, Red Desert Gallery, Sunshine Coast University, Noosa Blue Resort, Qld.

1991 Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia

1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

1992-1993 New Tracks, Old Land, An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia, touring Australia and USA

1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

1993-1994 ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, touring Kunstammlung, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Hayward Gallery London, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark

1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria

1994 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales

1998 Dreamings, Florence, Brussels

1998 Art Gallery Kunsthuys, The Netherlands

1998 Art Centre, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

1998 New World Art Gallery, Hattem, The Netherlands

1998 Hilton Hotel Art Gallery Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1998 Museum Dorestad, Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands

1998 Culture Store Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1999 My Country, Powerful expressions, Wollondilly Gallery, Germany

2000 Utopia, Noosa Blue Resort, Noosa Heads, QLD

2000 Utopia, University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld

2000 Utopia, Red Desert Gallery, Eumundi, Qld.



Brody A., 1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings The first works on canvas, A Summer Project 1988-1989 exhib. Cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth

Brody A., 1990 Utopia: A Picture Story, 88 silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes `a` Court Collection.


Paddy Lewis Japanangka

BORN circa 1928

DIED 2011

REGION Mina Mina




Paddy was a senior lawman of the Walpiri tribe and custodian of Mina Mina Lakes located more than 400 km north west of Alice Springs and west of Mt Doreen and Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. Paddy Lewis Japanangka is also the father of highly acclaimed artist Dorothy Napangardi (whose work is represented in the collection of our national gallery). Paddy was relocated from his tribal lands in 1957, where he was photographed along with Peg Leg, as young Warriors leaving the desert (this was featured in the 1962 volume of the Royal National Geographic Magazine in an article by Donald Thompson.) Paddy was sight impaired for most of his adult life and this impediment severely restricted his artistic work. However, after a successful operation only 4 years ago, Paddy’s sight was restored. Upon this triumphant recovery Paddy requested a “painting stick” and began a body of work that is nothing less than a lifetime achievement for artistic greatness Like many Indigenous Elders, Paddy was sight restricted for many years. After a successful government sponsored operation only five years ago, he asked for a “painting stick” and began the most important body of work of his lifetime. In 2008, Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery in Sydney curated Paddy Lewis Japanangka’s first solo show of important lifetime works. This is significant when considering that an academic paper will be published on this exhibition, with the publication to be headed by highly acclaimed author, Susan McCulloch. Paddy has been included in a number of international shows and in many important private collections. He was a part of the Warlukurlangu project, which resulted in the Yuendumu doors collections that is now an international touring exhibition.



Paddy Lewis Japanangka The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food, collecting ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country. The ‘ngalyipi’ vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak [Allocasuarina decaisneana]) trees. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a sacred vine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry ‘parrajas’ (wooden bowls} that are laden with bush tucker and as a tourniquet for headaches.



2008 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Seaforth NSW (First Solo Exhibition)



2010 Pro Community - ARTKELCH - contemporary aboriginal art, Freiburg Hunter Dreams Of - African Muse Gallery, Paris

2009 Last Dreams - African Muse Gallery, Paris


Sarrita King

DOB: 1988

Born: Adelaide, SA


COMMUNITY: Katherine, NT



Sarrita King was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 5th March 1988. She is the younger sister to fellow artist, Tarisse King and daughter to the late highly regarded artist, William King Jungala (1966 - 2007). Sarrita inherits her Australian Aboriginality from her father who was part of the Gurindji tribe from the Northern Territory. The Gurindji tribe came to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s when members employed by the Wave Hill cattle station led a landmark case which became the first successful land rights claim in Australia. It is this same strong sense of self and pride that Sarrita embodies and it fuels her drive to paint her totemic landscape. Sarrita spent most of her youth growing up in Darwin in the Northern Territory. Not far from where her ancestors inhabited, it is here that her connection to her Aboriginality and subsequently the land was able to grow. Her exposure to the imperious weather and extreme landscape has provided the theme for her works of art since she began painting at age 16. Rolling sand hills, cracking lightning and thunderstorms, torrential rain, fire, desert and tangled bush are all scathing environmental factors that shaped her forefather's lives and also her own. Depicting these elements in her paintings, Sarrita provides a visual articulation of the earth's language. Stylistically, Sarrita utilises traditional Aboriginal techniques such as 'dotting' but also incorporates unorthodox techniques inherited from her late father, as well as self-developed practices. Her art is a fusion of the past, present and future and represents the next generation of artists who have been influenced by both their indigenous history and current Western upbringing. Sarrita creates frenetic energy on the canvas with her Lightning series and searing heat with her Fire series. Her aesthetic has a universal appeal and provides an entry point for people to experience the power and uniqueness of the Australian landscape and its harsh climate. On a world scale, her depictions couldn't be more seasonable and well-timed. Sarrita has been included in numerous exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in many high profile Australian and international art collections and been auctioned many times successfully through Paris's Art Curial Auction house. After 3 years of living and painting in Canberra, Sarrita has returned back to Darwin, where she spent most of her childhood. Although young, Sarrita King has many personal achievements, it is her desire to visually communicate her inspiration and the land, which keeps her ancestral narrative alive and provides a new way of looking back while looking forward.



Holmes a Court Collection, Perth



2019 Sarrita's and Tarisse's artwork chosen to decorate the BMW flagship store in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Their artwork design has been wrapped around the building.

2017 Artist Artwork selected to be featured on Samsung's The Frame

2014 Pommery Champagne Pop Art Series Labels

2017 Artist Artwork selected to be featured on Samsung's The Frame




2016 Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2014 Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2014 Sarrita King: Pop Art, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas

2013 Artist in residence, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas

2011 Connections: First Solo Exhibition, Gallery 577, Melbourne



2019 Tarisse King & Sarrita King, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2018 Sarrita and Tarisse King, East Hotel, Canberra

2018 Artist in Residency, Basil Hall Editions, Canberra

2017 Gems from the Stockroom, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2017 Ancestors, Elements, Heritage, Sarrita King & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

2016 Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong

2015 King Sisters Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2014 Sarrita & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle

2014 The King Sisters: Pop Art, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne

2013 The King Sisters, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle

2012 Country of Kings, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne

2012 Art Expo, Singapore 2012 Collaboration, Gallery 577, Melbourne

2012 Aboriginal Art, Butler Goode Gallery, Sydney

2012 Contemporary Art, Art Curial, Paris

2011 Language of the Earth, Japingka, Fremantle, WA

2011 Big and Bold, Gallery 577, Melbourne

2010 Divas on the Cusp, Art on Hastings, Noosa Heads

2010 Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury

2010 Rising Stars, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney

2010 The King Sisters, Mason Gallery, Darwin

2010 First Artist in Residence, Newington College, Sydney

2010 In Our Father's Eyes, Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Los Angeles

2010 Fire & Lightning, Central Art, Alice Springs

2010 The King Sisters, Red Desert Dreaming Gallery, Melbourne

2009 Art Curial Auction and Exhibition, Art Curial, France

2009 William, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney

2009 Kaminabend mit Tarisse & Sarrita, Brit's Art, Uebach-Palenberg

2009 The King Sisters, Blue Gum Gallery, Sydney

2009 The 3 Kings, Bennelong Gallery, Sydney

2009 The Three Kings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2009 Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2008 Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury

2008 The EWB exhibition, 14 exhibitions across Australia

2008 The Kings, Firstlook Gallery, Melbourne

2008 The 3 Kings, Ulladulla Aboriginal Gallery, Sydney

2006 Kings Exhibition, La Jolla

2006 Katherine Art Exhibition, Katherine

2006 Jungarra Exhibition, Cairns

2006 City Mob, Adelaide



BORN circa 1935

REGION Yamari Western Desert




"Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa grabbed me tightly by the arm and pulled me closer to her, for an elderly woman her upper body strength is extraordinary. I was troubled by the expression on her face, she raised her eyebrow and one fierce bright eye stared up at me. As I turned to escape she pulled me even closer, began to grin and whispered softly into my ear, “Mrs Bennett, number one”-Trevor Victor Harvey; Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa was born at Yumarra, north of the Docker River, circa 1935. She is the wife of John Bennet who also paints for Papunya Tula Artists. She was schooled in traditional culture and raised on Pitjantjatjara lands, living in the surrounding area, now known as Docker River, with her immediate family, three sisters Tjunkiya, Kayi Kayi and Edith (Imantura) and a brother John Richards. It wasn’t until her early teens that she made the first contact with the “whitefella”. Mrs Bennett is a Ngangkari (traditional healer). When she was young she began to learn songlines so important to the beliefs of her people also to the survival of her race. She began her artistic career in the mid 1990s and paints her mother’s dreaming site, Tjalilli rockhole near Tjukurla. Other sites she paints are Pukara and Mungkara and her favourite, Punkilpirri (Bungabiddy) the large permanent water site noth-west of Docker River, in the Walter James Range. This mysterious and alluring place is beyond most people’s comprehension. For those who live comfortably around the coast of Australia, this deep unforgiving inland place is harsh, threatening and mostly dry. It is extremely beautiful. The Vast Spinifex grasslands, red sands and rugged ancient ranges were home to Mrs Bennett and her nomadic family, they hunted and gathered and listened and told stories that echo their dreamtime. Her paintings depict the stories relating to the rituals and woman’s ceremonies associated with her homelands, the gathering of traditional bush foods and topographical knowledge of the lands on which her family had lived for thousands of years. Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa Mrs Bennett’s striking late paintings now favour a stripped-down palette, the strong black under painted contour landscape lines contrast with the deep umbers and sandy off white overpainting of concentric circles. Her later paintings depict the main rockhole site of Punkilpirri. This important rockhole is reached by walking up an ancient valley, past towering walls of rough iron laced stone until you eventually reach the crystal clear water. Punkilpirri is a rockhole site where Mrs Bennett spent much of her childhood; the cool chasm was an ideal place to seek refuge from the heat of the day and the water kept her family alive during many months when there was no rain. As a child, she would explore the surrounding area with other children from the tribe, play amongst the rocks looking for bird’s nests, dig for honey ants and suck the nectar from the flowers. When she talks about her paintings and country she becomes animated, her arms moved around her body with rhythmic gestures, her distinctive voice becomes louder and louder until her words turn into a song. Those who understand her song, listen silently, intrigued, fascinated and spellbound. They are now living at the Kintore community. Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa was named among the top 50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists in Australian Art Collector Issue 15 - January - March 2001.



2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT

2006 Paintings By Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

2006 Pintubi Dreaming, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore

2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic

2006 Across The Board, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

2004 The Inner and the Outer, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany

2004 All About The Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2004 Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2004 Works From Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2004 Kuniya Pilkati, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic

2003 Christmas Gift Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne,

2003 Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Subiaco,

2003 Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Vic

2002 Next Generation - Aboriginal Art

2002 Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2002 Paintings From Our country, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA

2002 Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Tasmania

2002 Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Brisbane City Gallery, QLD

2002 Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Vic

2002 Pintupi Mens' and Womens' Stories, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA

2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT

2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA 2001 Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2001 Papunya Tula 2001, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne,

2001 Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA

2001 Papunya Tula Women, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne,

2001 Twenty Five Years and Beyond Papunya Tula Painting, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2001 Indigenart, Subiaco, WA

2001 Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT

2001 Pintupi Women From Kintore, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane,

2001 Size Doesn't Matter, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne,

2000 Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW

2000 Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Gallerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany

2000 Aboriginal Art

2000 Scott Livesey Gallery, Armadale, Vic

2000 Papunya Tula - Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

2000 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT

2000 Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2000 Pintupi Women - Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT



Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands Art Bank, Sydney

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Art Gallery of Western Australia,

Perth Homes a Court Collection,

Perth Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

National Museum of Australia Queensland

Art Gallery, Brisbane Ronald Kahn Collection USA



BORN circa 1948


LANGUAGE Pintupi / Ngaatjatjarra



Ngoia Pollard is a Warlpiri woman, born in Haasts Bluff in the late 1940's. She was brought up at Haasts Bluff and remembers when people rode on camels to travel anywhere, and also talks of the time when women and young girls had to look after herds of goats. In her recollections, it was a happy time. She attended Papunya School in the 1960's along with Lilly Kelly Napangardi. After attending school Ngoia worked in the mission kitchen before moving with her husband to Kintore. Following a period of 5 years living at Kintore, Ngoia and her husband moved to Mt. Liebig, which at the time was unoccupied. Living in a humpy with her husband and family, they received rations from Papunya on the basis of their status as an outstation. Ngoia remembers that this food supply was supplemented with hunting in the area Ngoia began painting in 1997, painting her father's country, sacred Warlpiri territory associated with narratives relating to the Watersnake. The oval shapes in Ngoia's paintings are iconographic representations of the swamps and lakes near Nyrripi (Talarada) north west of Mt. Liebig. Ngoia depicts the wet and dry characteristics of this country. This region is charged with the spiritual presence of the Water snake which lives beneath the surface and Ngoia describes this area as being dangerous. The area is currently unoccupied Walpiri land. This area however, is where her father hunted prior to white settlement. Ngoia has special custodianship responsibilities for this country.



2006 Te 1st Prize of the prestigious Northern Territory Art Award,

2004 Ngoia received First Prize in the he Advocate Central Australian Award.

2002 the prestigious Northern Territory Art Award - selected

2003 the prestigious Northern Territory Art Award - selected Telstra Award au/nreta/museums/magnt/natsiaa/index.html Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri



Thomas Vroom collection on loan to the Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht the Nederland's; National Australian Art Gallery, Canberra National Gallery of Australia; Artbank Sydney Artbank; Private and cooperate collections in Australia, Denmark and Germany



In 2004 Ngoia received First Prize in the he Advocate Central Australian Award. Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri paints her father country, which is a sacred Walpiri territory associated with narratives to the 'water snake'. The oval shapes in her paintings are iconographic representation of the swamps and lakes near Nyrripi (Talarada) North West of Mount Liebig where Ngoia lives. She depicts the wet and dry characteristics of the country. This region is changed with the spiritual presence of the 'water snake' which lives beneath the surface. This is the area where her father was hunting in the past. Ngoia has a special custodianship responsibilities for this country and often fly by helicopter on business with the North Territory Land Council.



BORN circa 1930

REGION Lupul Rockhole




Makinti Napanangka was born at Lupul rockhole, south of Kintore. Makinti Napanangka is one of the leading women artists from the Western Desert working with Papunya Tula Artists. Her first contact with Europeans was with men travelling on camels near Lupul. She walked with her husband, Nyukuti Tjupurrula (Nosepeg's brother), to Haasts Bluff in the early 1940s. She gave birth to her first child in the Lake MacDonald area and later had children in Haasts Bluff, Papunya and Alice Springs. Makinti Napanangka is a Pintupi speaker who was born sometime around 1930 in the Lake MacDonald region. She and her family walked in to Haasts Bluff before the Papunya Community was established. Makinti is a cousin of Tatali Nangala (c.1925-99), with whom she often painted. Makinti held a solo exhibition of her work at Utopia Art Sydney in 2000.


Makinti was selected to participate in the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award of 2003. She began painting in acrylic during the mid 1990s as a member of the Haasts Bluff-Kintore painting project conducted at Kintore by Marina Strocchi, the art coordinator at Haasts Bluff. She quickly developed her own distinctive style and has been painting regularly with the Papunya Tula Artists cooperative since 1996. Her work was first exhibited in a group show at Tandanya, Adelaide, in mid -1995. She also made batik at the Kintore batik workshop in 1994. Her paintings typically consist of a complex pattern of pale lines over an orange or ochre-coloured background. This is then set off with mauve or bright yellow highlights. Makinti's work incorporates designs associated with the travels of the Kungka Kutjarra (two women). The wandering lines that so often feature in her paintings depict the swirling hair string skirts worn by women during ceremonies associated with certain sites. 


Makinti Napanangka While the patterning refers to the skirts, the flowing rhythms of the lines hint at the songs and dances of the Pintupi women's ceremonies. While most of Makinti's imagery is related to the Kungka Kutjarra, it can also refer to the Kuningka - the western quoll - which is represented by circles. Makinti has participated in numerous group exhibitions and has had three solo shows: at Utopia Art in Sydney in 2000 and 2001 and at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne in 2002. Her work is represented in many major public and private collections in both Australia and overseas. Utopia Art's director, Chris Hodges, says Makinti Napanangka is the central desert's "best painter since Emily [Kngwarreye]". Hodges believes the artist has no living match in her painterly freedom, and her fearless blend of naive and sophisticated elements. She was rated in the March 2003 issue of "Australian Art Collector" magazine as one of the 50 most collectable artists in Australia and was the winner of the overall award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for 2008.



BORN circa 1925

REGION Yuendumu




Shorty Jangala Robertson was born at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and claypan north-west of Yuendumu. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, older brother and extended Warlpiri family. They travelled vast distances across the desert country, passing through Warlukurlangu, south west of Jila and Ngarlikurlangu, and north of Yuendumu, visiting Jangala's skin brothers. Shorty's childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Coniston massacre of Aboriginal people and the shooting of families at Wantaparri, which is close to Jila. Shorty had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo 'to hide' from being shot. After his father died at Mt Theo, Shorty moved with his mother to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.



During World War II, the army took people from Yuendumu to the other Warlpiri settlement at Lajamanu. Shorty was taken and separated from his mother however she came to get him on foot and together they traveled hundreds of miles back to Chilla Well. Drought food and medical supplies forced Shorty and his family back to Yuendumu from time to time. His working life was full of adventure and hard work for different enterprises in the Alice Springs Yuendumu area. He finally settled at Yuendumu in 1967 after the Australian Citizen Referendum. It is extraordinary that in all his travels and jobs over his whole working life, Shorty escaped the burgeoning and flourishing Central Desert art movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Thus Shorty's paintings are fresh, vigorous and new. His use of colour to paint and interpret his dreamings of Ngapa (Water), Watiyawarnu (Acacia), Yankirri (Emu) and Pamapardu (Flying Ant) is vital, yet upholding the Warlpiri tradition. This accomplished artist is an active member of Warlukurlangu Co operative. He lives at Yuendumu with his wife and artist Lady Nungarrayi Robertson.



2003 First Solo Exhibition, A November lcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC  Shorty Jangala Robertson

2004 Coo-ee, Sydney, NSW

2005 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2005 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT

2006 Shorty Jangala Robertson, Coo-ee, Sydney, NSW

2007 Singing the rain, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2011 Shorty Jangala Robertson, Kate Owen Gallery, NSW



2002 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2003 Warlukurlangu Artists', Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC All About Art', Alcaston Gallery at Depot Gallery, Sydney, NSW Kurruwarri Pipangka Designs on Paper' CDU Gallery, Charles Darwin University NT

2004 Desert Mob' Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, Araluen Arts Centre, NT Painting Country', Thornquest Gallery, QLD Dreaming Stories', Indigenart, Perth, WA New Works from Yuendumu', Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, QLD Big Country' Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT All About Art ' Annual Collectors Exhibition', Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC Recent Works from Warlakurlangu', Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW The Alice Prize', Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2005 Warlukurlangu Group Show', Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT WAAA Collection' Flinders Museum Adelaide, SA Warlukurlangu Collection', Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT Jukurrpa Wiri 'Important Dreaming Stories' Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT Recent Works', Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA Luminous', Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT Big Country Exhibition', Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT Land of Diversity', Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006 Warlukurlangu Artists New Works', Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW Warlukurlangu Artists - Recent Works', Mason Gallery, Darwin, NT Warlpiri Artists of Yuendumu', Japingka Gallery, WA Summer Evening', Anne Snell Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2007 Warlukurlangu - Aboriginal Art aus Yuendumu', ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany Tiwa Ngurrara, Strangers?' Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany Desert Mob', Baguette Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, in conjunction with Suzanne O'Connell Gallery May Yuendumu & Kimberley, Twin Indigenous Show', United Gallery, Sydney, NSW Couples, painting partners from Yuendumu & Nyirrpi', Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA Desert Dreamings: earth + water', Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition', Shalom College, Sydney, NSW Water for Life', Victorian Artists Society, World Vision Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC Above and Beyond', Caruana & Reid Fine Art, Sydney, NSW Contemporary Masters of the Central Desert', SF Fine Art, Sydney, NSW Above & Beyond', Caruana Fine Art & Reid Mercantile, Sydney, NSW The Best of the Best jewels of the desert', Framed Gallery, Darwin NT SIPA', Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition Works Art Fair, Southern Exchange, S Korea

2007 'Australian Aboriginal Artists from the Central Desert', Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle WA, USA November Tiwa Ngurrara, Strangers?', Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany Aboriginal Printmakers NT & QLD', Framed Gallery, Darwin Stocking', Artereal, Sydney, NSW The Christmas Show', Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT Warlukurlangu Artists', Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2008 Les couleurs du desert australien', L'Antidote, Geneva, Switzerland Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT Aboriginal Art aus der Central und Western Desert', ArtKelch, Germany Artists of Nyirripi & Yuendumu', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA Warlukurlangu Artists, the art of Yuendumu', La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain UAE Opening Doors into Colourful Dreamtime, ReDot Gallery, Singapore Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Caspary Conference Centre, Sydney, NSW Representations of Country, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA Warlukurlangu Artists, Established & Emerging Artists, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW New Directions, Gecko Gallery, Broome, WA Bush Tucker 08, Arereal Gallery, Sydney, NSW Desert Stories, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA Warlukurlangu Artists', Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT Warlukurlangu Wonders', Warlpiri Paintings from Yuendumu, Art Mob, Tasmania

2009 Nyirripi & Yuendumu Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA Value of Country, ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany Centred Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2010 Exposition d'art aborigene d'Australie, IDAIA and Galerie Princesse de Kiev, France



Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs

Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs

Artbank, Sydney, NSW Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Flinders University Art Museum, Melbourne

Gordon Darling Foundation, Canberra

Private Collections BIBLIOGRAPHIES 2006 'Football from Australia's heart', National Indigenous Times, Issue 29, vol. 2, April 16, 2003, p. 21



BORN circa 1964

REGION Central and Western Desert



Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born sometime around 1964 in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. Thomas and his family which includes fellow artists Warlimpirrnga, Walala, Yukultji, Yalti and Tjakaria led a completely nomadic life until they emerged from the desert, coming to Kiwirrkurra in 1984. Dubbed “the Last Nomads” or “the Pintupi nine”, they had had no contact with western society until this point. Amazingly, he transitioned from an utterly traditional lifestyle to commencing as an artist within a matter of a few years and painting the traditional stories of his people.



Thomas paints simple, geometric designs and uses a dotting technique shared with other Pintupi artists such as his brothers, Warlimpirrnga and Walala, and with Willy and George Ward Tjungurrayi. Thomas’s works explore the stories of the Tingari cycle. Tingari are the legendary beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. As far as we can know, the meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meaning are not available to the uninitiated.



Thomas, along with his brothers Walala and Warlimpirringa, has exhibited widely in almost all aboriginal galleries in Australia and overseas. They include Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney; Cooee Gallery, Sydney; Artitja Fine Art, WA; Aranda Art, Melbourne; Gallery Woo Mang, Paris; and many many more.



Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne, VIC

Similarly, Thomas’ work is widely collected both in Australia and overseas.



BORN 1948

DIED 2010

REGION Luluigui




She was born on Luluigui Station on the Fitzroy River in the southwest Kimberley. At the age of around 5 was separated from her mother and brought up by her father on the station, where she worked as a station cook.. During this time, she would go off with the elders footwalking, collecting bush tucker and visiting family members on different stations, as well as participating in ceremony and law. Taking up painting in 2006, Peggy is, with Loongkoonan, one of only a very small handful of Nyikina people and the youngest in the group to paint, and her strikingly minimal and idiosyncratic images of waterholes (murrwan) and yam dreamings (mungaling) have been successfully exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Her first exhibition in Perth was a sell-out, with works being acquired by major public collections. This trip to Melbourne was the first time that Peggy had ever left Western Australia. After leaving Luluigui, she moved to the Looma community, and then lived in Derby. Peggy began painting quite late in life, and was one of only a handful of Nyikina people who has done so.



2006 Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibitions Building, Melbourne, Victoria The Fleurieu Peninsula Water Prize, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, McLaren Vale, South Australia The Redland Art Awards, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Queensland Art Sydney, Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, New South Wales John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria Kimberley Women: New Works from Gilgi, Loongkoonan, Lucy Ward and Peggy Wassi, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia

2007  Peggy Wassi Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Victoria Derby on Derby: New works by Loongkoonan, Lucy Ward, Peggy Wassi and Gilgi, The Mossenson Galleries, Collingwood, Victoria 24th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory Spirited Encounters: New Indigenous Painting and Sculpture, Mossenson Galleries, Collingwood, Victoria The Hutchins Art Prize, The Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania



Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, Perth,

Western Australia Department of Families,

Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Collection, Canberra



2006 Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria Finalist, The Fleurieu Peninsula Water Prize, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, McLaren Vale, South Australia

2006 Finalist, The Redland Art Awards, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Queensland

2007 Finalist, 24th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory Finalist, The Hutchins Art Prize, The Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania Finalist in the Wynne and Alice Art Prizes

Sheyne Tuffery
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McCarthy Gallery proudly presents SHEYNE TUFFERY New Works

Sheyne Tuffery is a Wellington-based (New Zealand) multi-media visual artist whose primary mediums are mixed media painting, moving image and printmaking. Perhaps best known for the dynamic style of his prints and woodcuts, Sheyne describes himself as a paper architect who uses his work to create and represent his cultural context and sense of belonging. 

Sheyne received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT in 1995 and his Masters of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2000 from The University of Auckland. Since graduating, Sheyne has received several awards, residencies and commissions. His works are held in many private and public collections in Christchurch, Auckland, Washington DC, Michigan and Bethlehem. 

His prints and paintings often envisage Polynesia as a futuristic urban utopia; with the Samoan fale as the symbolic archetype for skyscrapers, apartment housing and rocket ships. These works reflect Sheyne’s research into his Samoan heritage and symbolism, his travel wanderlust and his taste for big overseas cities. They also reveal ongoing influences, the world of fantasy, comics, and cartoons, which add a sense of immediacy and humour to his subject matter. 

He became fascinated by New Zealand's geological history as a singular landmass and natural sanctuary for a vast array of bird species, including the extinct one's like the giant penguin. Tuffery draws on his associations with Samoa and cars as symbols of urban migration.


McCarthy Gallery 

Sheyne Tufery B. 1970
Visual Artist
New Zealand / Samoan

Sheyne Tuffery Visual Artist and Tutor  Work CV Print Workshops / Commissions  



Print workshop Tutor - Masterton Art Club, Masterton  Print workshop Tutor - Toihoukura EIT Gisborne 

Print workshop Tutor - Marlborough Arts Society, Blenheim  Hutt City Council Commission - Mural in Naenae 

Book Cover design Wai-te-ata Press , Victoria University   Artist in Residence, Carter Observatory, Wellington 

Mural Design Private Commission, Roseneath, Wellington   Print workshop Tutor - Gordan Harris Studio, Wellington 


Wellington City Council Commission - Mural in Rongotai   Print workshop Tutor - Gordan Harris Studio, Wellington  Exhibition with Art Students, Marlborough Arts Society, Blenheim  Print workshop Tutor - Marlborough Arts Society, Blenheim   



Print workshop Tutor, Ventana Collective, Martinborough  Mural Design Private Commission, Boffa Miscall Office, Wellington  Wellington City Council Commission - Mural in Strathmore  Print workshop Tutor - Gordan Harris Studio, Wellington  Workshop for mural design - Kahurangi School, Strathmore  Mural Design Private Commission, Mt Victoria,  

Print workshop Tutor - Marlborough Arts Society, Blenheim  Mural Design Private Commission, Mary Potter Hospice, Newtown  Print workshop Tutor - Toihoukura EIT Gisborne 



Wellington City Council Commission - Temporary Mural in Taranaki St  Marlborough City Council Commission - Mural in City centre, Blenheim  Print workshop Tutor -Christchurch Art Gallery 

Print workshop Tutor - Toihoukura EIT Gisborne 

Print workshop Tutor - Marlborough Arts Society, Blenheim 



Wellington City Council Commission Murals In Johnsonville  Wellington City Council Commission Murals In Kilbirnie  Marlborough City Council Commission - Mural in City centre, Blenheim  Creative New Zealand - Advisory help to grant selections


2000 M.F.A (Hons) Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland,
1995 B.V.A Auckland University of Technology, Auckland,

2019 Lunar Module, Thomas King Observatory, Space Place, Wellington
2016 Paper Architecture, Marlborough Public Art Gallery, Blenheim
2014 Siapo Satellite, Massey University, Wellington
2013 Ghost in the Machine, Deane Gallery, Wellington City Gallery
USO and the Dragon Slayer, Solander Gallery, Wellington
2011 The Ancent Mariners, Papakura Public Art Gallery, Papakura, Auckland
2010 The Garden of Earthly Delights, Waiheke Art gallery, Auckland.
2008 Sonar Interferance, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
2006 Misplaced Effigies, Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport
Marziart Internationale Galerie. Hamburg, Germany
Penguins and Buicks, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch
2005 The Gondwana Waka, Lane Gallery, Auckland
2005 The Gondwana Waka, Catchment Gallery, Nelson,
2003 Sifi Taavale Fale, Lane Gallery, Auckland,
2002 Salamander Gallery, Christchurch,
2001 Car Paopao. The Lane Gallery, Auckland,
2000 Expressway to Taou, St Agathas Gallery, Mt Eden
1999 Solo99, Camera Lucida Gallery, Oaxaca, Mexico
Porto-Indo, The Ilsington Gallery, London, United Kingdom
1998 Atlantic/Pacific, The Ericeira Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 Monument to Motion, Archill Gallery, Auckland,
1996 Cacophony, The Lane Gallery, Auckland,

2016 Ink masters Exhibition, Cairns, Australia
2015 Line Out, Northern Print Studio, Newcastle, U.K
Wansolwara, Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekohe
2014 Binding and looping, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii
2011 Freak of nature, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Victoria
Out of the Box, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, N.S.W

2009 Another New Zealand, Another United States, COCA, Christchurch
2006 Pasifika Styles, Cambridge University Museum, U.K
Re-Interpreting the Middle East, Khalil Sakikini Center, Palestine,
Re-Interpreting the Middle East, Christel DeHaan Fine Art Center,
University of Indianapolis
Re-Interpreting the Middle East, Bethlehem International Center, Palestine
Mainly Contemporary, Williams Gallery, Wellington
Re-Interpreting the Middle East, The Paltel Gallery
Birzeit, University, Palestine
2005 Homelands, Cybertribe online Exhibition, Newcastle, Australia
Lima-Pacific Arts, (5th Pacific Festival of CHCH), Christchurch
Face Value: Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Face Value, Museum of Brisbane, Australia
Re-Interpreting the Middle East, 2005 SGC Conference, Washington DC,
Re-Interpreting the Middle East, Orfali Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan
Sisson Gallery, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan
Re-interpreting - Gallery 2, Hemingway Center, Boise State University,
2004 Printmakers, Catchment Gallery, Nelson,
Wallace Award Finalist Exhibition, Wallace Gallery, Auckland
Sumei National Print Exhibit, Newark, N.J, U.S.A
2003 Sydney Art on Paper Fair 2003, Sydney, Australia
20/20, City Art Gallery, Christchurch,
2002 Start-Up, Te Papa Museum, Wellington,
Pacifika Ways of Knowing Conference, Columbia University, New York
1999 Brothers, Gallery 482, Brisbane, Australia
1996 Bottled Ocean, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland


2020 Print Edition for the Print Council of Australia
2020 Finalist -Hida Takayama 
International Contemporary Woodblock-Prints Triennale, Japan
2019 Artist in Residence Carter Observatory, Space Place, Wellington
2016 Finalist, Ink masters Print Contest -Cairns, Australia
2015 Finalist New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton
Finalist The Parkin Drawing Prize, Wellington
2014 City Council Commission, “ Barracks Mural”, Mt Cook, Wellington
Artist in Residence, Massey University, Wellington
2013 Grey Lynn Community centre Commission, Mural, Auckland
2012 Finalist New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton
2006 Macmillan Brown Centre, Artist in Residence, Canterbury University
Artist in residence Samuel Masden College
Artist in residence Howick College, Auckland
Artist in residence Dilworth College, Auckland
2005 Creative New Zealand Grant- Workshop in San Francisco, USA

Artbeatz Activate Award, Auckland
2004 Finalist –James Wallace Awards, Auckland
Finalist - Sumei National Print Awards, Newark, N.J, USA
2003 Wesley Community Centre Commission, Auckland
2002 Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award
2001 Resident Artist for Pacific Pathways, Auckland Museum


Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan
The International Center of Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Manukau City Council, Auckland
Macmillan Brown collection, Christchurch
Wallace Arts Trust Collection, Auckland
Lincoln University Library, Canterbury

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BORN 1976, Apia SAMOA

PACIFIC REGION Salani, Malaemalu, Falealili; To'omatagi, Magiagi, Apia Samoa



The Samoan-born contemporary artist, who has Irish heritage, was born in 1976. Fono is an accomplished carver, painter, sculptor, multi-media and curator. He is also a successful art agent/consultant and business entrepreneur. He was raised in the villages of To'omatagi, Magiagi and Salani, and immigrated to New Zealand in 1987 and Australia in 1998, he returned to Aotearoa to finish his studies and later moved back to Melbourne and now residing in Sydney.

As a painter and sculptor, he demonstrated a preference for abstract forms incorporating simple shapes and geometrical lines that incorporated motifs, myths, images, and patterns. The primary materials he used were wood, stone, steel, unstretched tapa, ink, oil, and acrylic paint. His works have been acquired by private and public collections and exhibited in the US, Europe, South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand.


Holds a diploma in Maori, Pacific, and Indigenous Arts from Te Wananga O Aotearoa and a postgraduate diploma in Art and Design from AUT University, and is currently completing his Master's in Business Administration at Southern Cross University. In addition, he has been awarded artistic excellence, arts grants, scholar awards, and most recently an MBA young leader scholarship by SCU.


2021 Fono McCarthy – Castle of Lourdes, Lyon France

2019 Lord of the Dance, Carving Sculptures – Woolloomooloo, ArtPARK

2014 Fonofale Exhibition – Wyndham Art Gallery, Melbourne VIC

2009 Title ‘Fa’aliga fou’, Villa Maria Estate, Auckland, NZ

2005 Le Gafa experimental, (MAD) St Pauls St Gallery, NZ

2004 'Faiuga o le fa'aliga', Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2003 Title 'Aloima', Flagstaff Gallery Devonport Auckland, NZ



2018-19 ArtPark, Woolloomooloo, NSW – Outdoor Sculptural Exhibition

2016 SAKRID Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee Melbourne VIC

2015-16 Samoa Tulai – Caboolture Regional Art Gallery APT, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Leanne Joy Lupelele Clayton

2015-16 Artpark Sculpture Exhibition, The Finger Wharf Sydney

2009 Samoa Tsunami Appear – Tautai Arts Trust, NZ

2007 Island Affinities: Contemporary Art in Oceania, California State University Gallery NR, USA

2006 Turning Tides: Gender in Oceania Art, University of California Gallery, San Diego, USA 

2005 (Re) settled/ (Re) viewed: ‘Recent Expressions of Pacific Identity’ Peabody Essex Museum, MA, USA

2004 Arts Festival, Group Exhibition Cook Island Museum; Rarotonga

2004 Title 'Niu Dialogue', The Edge Gallery, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, Auckland, NZ

2003 'Straight from New Zealand', Absolut LA International Biennial Art Invitational Exhibition,

         Gallery of Functional Art & Louis Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station CA, USA

2003 Mazda Charity Art Exhibition, Hilton Auckland, NZ

2002 Title ‘Nga Taonga o te Ngakau’ (Treasures of the heart) Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Auckland, NZ

2001 Title ‘Equipt’ Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Auckland, NZ



(Tender, Proposals, Sponsorships and Funding -Government & Private Sector)

2010 Art Curator for the Hilton Hotel, Queenstown, South Island, NZ

2010 Manukau Arts Festival, Invitational Sculpture Symposium, Auckland, NZ

2009 Art vs Wine, Villa Maria Estate Winery, Auckland, NZ

2005 - 2011 Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Awards, Judging Panel, Curator & Project Management, NZ

2008-09 ‘Retrospectives’ Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award (1997-08) –Past Recipients

2007 Co-curate ‘Pacific & Beyond’ Forum of Pacific Contemporary Artists, Musee du Quai Branly Museum, PAA conf, Paris, FR (B. Graham, F. Tohi)

2004 'Le gafa': An Exhibition of Pacific Contemporary Art, National University of Samoa, Selected Artists from New Zealand, Samoa, American Samoa and the Kingdom of Tonga, Apia, SAMOA - Outcome to established the Samoa Artists Residency host by National University of Samoa

2004 'Magele' Exhibition, Mangere Community Art Gallery, Manukau City Auckland

2003 'Polinesian Wave' Pacific Contemporary Art, Saatchi & Saatchi, Auckland City, Manukau City Pacific Emerging Artists selection from- Elam, Buck Nin School of Art, MIT and AUT



2014 FONOFALE, Meeting House: Intersection as Connection and Separation, By Hūfanga Dr ‘Ōkusitino Māhina Professor of Art, Culture and Critical                             Anthropology Vava’u Academy for Critical Inquiry and Applied Research [VACIAR] Vava‘u, TONGA

2014 Fonofale Exhibition – Wyndham Art Gallery, Melbourne VIC

2010 PAA'S X INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM at Crown Beach Resort, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

2005 PAA'S VIII INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts US

2005 University of Auckland, Maori & Pacific Studies Faculty, Auckland NZ

2004 'LE GAFA': An Exhibition of Pacific Contemporary Art, National University of Samoa, Apia Samoa


2014 Performance, Ava ceremony CPAF2014 Footscray Arts Centre, Melb VIC

2011 deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA (deferred)

2010 Ministry of Corrections, Spring Hills, SHCF, Meremere, Waikato, NZ

2009 Ministry of Education, Artists in Schools, Auckland, NZ

2007 Island Affinities: Contemporary Art in Oceania, Exhibition preview, California State University Gallery NR, USA

2004 Mangere College, Art Department, Auckland, NZ



2021 Carving Project, NSW, Australia

2019 Matavai Cultural Arts Centre, Sydney Australia

2018 Briar Public School, engagement and carving of logs

2016 Carriageworks, 6 Wood Carving Sculptures – Collaborations with Matavai Cultural Centre, NSW

2015 Carving Workshop & Sculptures, CRAG APT2015, The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia

2015 Saltwater Cultural Arena, Steel Sculpture, Melbourne

2014 Token Sculptures, lashing wood CPAF Indigenous Australia

2012 Hilton Hotel, Queenstown NZ (178 artworks)

2010 MBS Outdoor Aluminium Sculpture, Auckland, NZ

2000 Sculptures, wood carving, re Fale Sa, John Ioane Paradise Now? Asia Society and Museum, New York, US

2010 Carving and paintings, mixed media wood & metal, SCHF, Spring Hill Corrections Facility, Department of Corrections, Waikato NZ



2010 Arts Grant, recipient, Creative New Zealand Arts Council (Pacific Arts) of NZ

2009 Arts Grant, recipient, public sculpture, Creative NZ Communities Scheme, Manukau City Council, NZ

2006 Pacific Island Scholar Award, recipient, Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) San Diego, USA

2005 Master of Art & Design program Scholarship recipient in Community Leadership and Excellence, AUT University, Auckland, NZ

2005 Pacific Scholar Award, recipient, Pacific Island Artist, Pacific Arts Association, USA

2005 Arts Scholar-Research Grant Award, recipient, AUT University, Auckland, NZ

2004 Arts Grant recipient, Creative NZ Communities Scheme, Manukau City Council, NZ

2004 Arts Grant recipient, Creative New Zealand Arts Council (Pacific Arts) of NZ

2004 Arts Faculty Grants, National University of Samoa

2003 Arts Grant recipient, Pacific Business Trust, Auckland, NZ

1993 Mangere College Senior Art Award of the Year



Ruse Public School, Ruse NSW

Briar Road Public School, Airds NSW

Public Art Collection, Wyndham City, Melbourne Australia

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA USA

National University of Samoa, Apia

University of California, San Diego US

AUT University, Auckland NZ

Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Te Awamutu, Waikato

Ministry of Justice, Manukau District Courts

Ministry of Corrections, Spring Hills, Waikato

Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Wellington

NZ Prime Minister Office, Wellington

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