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Aunty Kath Withers

I am a proud Wiradjuri Elder. My first passion is my weaving, and sharing the story of my Sister Baskets. My weaving takes me to special journey’s to places of my Wiradjuri Country. Spending time with my family collecting the native grasses, barks and roots for dyeing the fibres is a process that I enjoy and enjoy handing down the skill to the younger generations.

 Over the past 5 years I have been able to share my culture in many different organisations. Shine for Kids and Colourful Dreaming program is held at the Junee Correctional Centre and is where I teach selected Aboriginal inmates and their children about their culture through art. This includes Painting, Drawing, Weaving and Printmaking.

I have recently taken my practice to the next level and become a Textile Artist for Miya, which I am very excited about. Seeing my designs in fabric is such a thrill.

I am Involved in the Mount Austin High mentoring program teaching them about Wiradjuri Culture, art and life skills.

SELECTED EXHIBITION HISTORY

2015 Winhangalang Marra Gallery 43 TAFE Riverina

2013 First Peoples - Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum (permanent exhibition. 

2013 Wuurran: open, doorway.  Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

SELECTED Awards

2015 Finalist Parliamentary Aboriginal Art Prize

2015 Winner Lifetime Achievement NAIDOC

2014 Finalist Alice Springs Art Prize

2013 Art & Design Excellence Award, TAFE Riverina

COLLECTIONS

Aunty Kath's works have been collecetd by National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Victoria, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Australia Museum and in various nation and international private collections

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