Keringke Arts

Skin name: Kemarre
Language: Eastern Arrernte
Dreaming: Kangaroo Tracks (Keringke)
Date of birth: Thursday, 1 July 1948
From: Uyetye and Therirrerte

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by Kathleen Wallace

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Grandmother teachers Granddaughters to dance

by Kathleen Wallace

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Biography

Kathleen Wallace is a custodian for Keringke Arts Inc. As she is for the Keringke Rockhole, a site of significance to many Arrernte people and of special importance to her mother and grandmother. She is a senior artist for the Keringke Art Centre, having been instrumental in its beginnings from when she has worked with others to develop and nurture the enterprise, its artists and artistic direction for 20 years.

Kathleen was raised by her grandparents in the bush at Uyetye in a traditional setting while her parents sought work at nearby stations. She learned the stories of her culture and country from an early age. She travelled with her family around the homelands attending ceremonies, collecting foods, caring for the country and following the cultural ways of her family. Kathleen is one of the last remaining family members who has the experience and knowledge of these stories, designs and bush skills. Keringke Arts, in the community of Ltyentye Apurte, is situated along side the traditional lands of both sets of her grandparents. Her connection to her country and to her law and culture has remained strong and precious despite the radical changes around her.

As an oral story-teller she uses her skills to provide a version of a story for her audience. As an example, Kathleen is aware of approximately 150 names for different winds that blow around the community and the knowledge of what the winds might mean. As a story teller she draws on such details as appropriate and she will narrate a story to suit either English of Arrernte audiences. In doing so, she is able to bring to others a sense of her Arrernte life world.

For her paintings Kathleen is internationally regarded and has work in several major collections both in Australia and overseas. Her paintings reflect her stories and her Arrernte life world with its roots deep in the altyerrenge, the time when the ancestor beings travelled the country forming the land and its people. Kathleen is a major influence on the Keringke Style, for which Eastern Arrernte artists are now renowned. Many Arrernte artists draw from her style as a source of inspiration and ideas.

In the art centre Kathleen has been responsible for teaching and mentoring many other artists in the use of visual art as well as encouraging them to bring forward into their own art imagery their own experiences of culture and family. This has resulted in diversity of paintings at the art centre including depiction of dances, story telling, food and fruits, significant country, totems and ancestor stories.

Medium

Painting, acrylic, watercolors

Themes

Educational stories from traditional Eastern Arrernte heritage

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2002 Kathleen Wallace Solo Exhibition – ‘irrernte-arenyela ayeye anteke’ (stories given by the spirits) – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT

Group Exihibitions

  • 1988 Pmere, Birukmarri Gallery, Fremantle WA
  • 1988 Bicentennial Australia Craft Show, Sydney Show Ground, NSW
  • 1989 One Country- Two Views , Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  • 1990 Mbwellare, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 1991 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  • 1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre Alice Springs
  • 1992 Atyelpe, Te Taumata Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 1993 Central Desert Silks, Rainbow Serpent Gallery, Sydney NSW
  • 1993 NT Art Award, Darwin NT
  • 1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  • 1994 Heritage Namatjira Exhibition, Tandanya, Adelaide SA
  • 1994 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Parliament House ACT
  • 1995 Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 1995 National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • 1995 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 1995 Collegiate Arts Festival, Museum of Centre Australia, Alice Springs
  • 1995 Northern Territory Art Award, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 1996 Native Titled Now, Tandanya, Adelaide SA
  • 1996 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Heritage Art Award, Old Parliament House, ACT
  • 1996 National Fringe 96, Inbarendi Fringe Gallery, Adelaide SA
  • 1996 Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 1996 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • 1996 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin NT
  • 1996 Arm Load of Art Exhibition, Woods St Gallery, Darwin NT
  • 1996 National Craft Acquisition Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
  • 1997 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, NT Rentye – Homeland, Araleun Centre for the Arts, Alice Spring, NT
  • 1997 NT Rentye – Homeland, Araleun Centre for the Arts, Alice Spring, NT
  • 1998 Keringke Arts: Designs of the Desert, Hogarth Galleries Aboriginal Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW
  • 1998 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
  • 1998 Raiki Wara, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria 1998 Keringke Arts: Colour and Light, Gondwana II, Alice Springs, NT
  • 1998 Keringke Arts: Kaleidoscope, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 1999 Keringke (Kangaroo Tracks), Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
  • 1999 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
  • 1999 ‘Untelhentye’ (designs) Fox Studios, Rainbow Serpent, Sydney, NSW
  • 2001 Putting in the Colour, Silk Exhibition, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, Vic
  • 2003 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
  • 2003 True Blue, Framed Gallery, Darwin
  • 2003 Jungara Galleries, Cairns and Port Douglas
  • 2004 Desert Mob Show, Araluen, Alice Springs NT
  • 2004 Keringke Arts at Jungara Galleries, Cairns and Port Douglas QLD
  • 2005 Meeniyan Art Gallery, VIC
  • 2005 Aboriginal and Tribal Art Gallery, Sydney NSW 2005 Jungara Galleries, Cairns and Port Douglas, QLD
  • 2005 Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Centre, NT
  • 2005 Tuggeranong Gallery, ACT
  • 2005 Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2006 Desert Divas, Gallery Gondwanna, Alice Springs
  • 2006 Private Commissions
  • 2007 Private Commissions
  • 2008 Private Commissions
  • 2009 Private Commisions

Collections

  • Keringke Arts Centre Collection, Araluen
  • Araluen Collection, Araluen Cultural Precinct
  • Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
  • Kelton Foundation, LA, USA
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
  • Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ANU, Canberra, ACT
  • The Society of the Divine Word, Sydney, NSW
  • The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
  • ATSIIAS, Canberra, ACT
  • The Felton Foundation,Santa Monica, USA
  • Private Collections worldwide

Awards

  • 1996 Artwork reproduced under license as calendar, diaries and postcards – Community Aid Abroad
  • 1996 Painting reproduced under license as giftcards by the Institute for Aboriginal Development
  • 1997 Artwork reproduced in Jukurrpa Diary by IAD Press
  • 2005 NAIDOC Elder of the Year
  • 2006 NAIDOC Artist of the Year
  • 2001 Artwork reproduced under license Jukurrpa Diary – IAD Press
  • 2004 Artwork reproduced under license Jukurrpa Diary – IAD Press
  • 2005 Designs reproduced on Bags and Sarongs, OzAboriginal
  • 2008 NT Chief Minister’s Award: Woman of Significance
  • 2009 Shortlisted, NT Writers Award, 2009 (with Lovell)

Bibliographies

  • 1999 Keringke Arts – Eastern Arrernte Artists. IAD Press 1999, 2001, 2006
  • 2000 Written contribution – Bush Toys – a living history book – L. Rockchild
  • 2000 Joint project – Church Banners – Santa Teresa / Arltunga History Project Illustrator – children’s book for Bahai Faith Foundation
  • 2003 Menzies School of Health – Web page “Helaing Spirits” image Indigenous Sports Scholarship – charity auction, one painted football
  • 2009 Listen Deeply, let these stories in. IAD Press 2009, with Judy Lovell
  • 2010 Our Art, Our Place, Our Way; Art Centre Training at Keringke Arts, Kulumun Journal, NSW (with Lovell, Ryder, Williams, Ellis, Hayes)