Congratulations to Jane Cheedy for being selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award! We are so proud of this kind and humble woman and dedicated artist. Jane Cheedy is a respected Yindjibarndi Elder, Cultural Custodian, and Yindjibarndi Linguist who has worked as an Aboriginal Education Officer at Roebourne District High School for many years. When she took up creating artwork in 2017, Jane brought her many talents and her deep cultural commitment to her artwork which often features written Yindjibarndi text and oral recordings of songs that extend her acrylic paintings and embroidered works to another dimension. When young people come to paint at the Juluwarlu Artists’ Centre, her passion for teaching Yindjibarndi culture gathers the young ones in the gentle circle of her story telling and language teaching as they work side by side.
Image: Claire Martin