Meet the Artists

Michelle Yeatman

Artist

Language group: Gunggannji

Birth place: Yarrabah

Michelle (Mickey) Yeatman was born and bred in the Yarrabah community. She commenced employment at the Yarrabah pottery studio in 1982 as an apprentice mixing raw clay, but soon discovered her real love was hand building pots.

Influenced by Thanakupi, Michelle’s own particular style of applying various designs to the earthenware that she produces has distinguished her in the field of ceramics although she is also an excellent painter and print maker.

Selected Exhibitions

Wabu Minyaan,Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns – July/August 2015

A Year in Yarrabah,Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns – July/August 2015

Icons in Clay,KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns - July/August 2015

Freshwater Salt Water Touring Exhibition,Tandanya Gallery, Adelaide, SA, Brisbane 2014

Kinship exhibition, CIAF Presents – August 2013

Saltwater Freshwater Exhibition, Umi Arts – August 2013

Works on Paper exhibition, The Tanks – Nov 2013

You and Me Exhibition – Umi Arts, Dec 2013

Yarrie You, Yarrie Me, Umi Arts, Cairns – February 2012

Pathways, Umi Arts, Cairns - August 2012

National Indigenous Heritage Art Award; - Guyala and Jilgi – 2000
Cape York Art Award 2001

Finalist - Telstra NATSIAA awards – August 2013

Finalist - Silk Cut Awards, Frankston, VIC – 2013 finalist

Finalist – Rayban Onesight Indigenous Art Award 2014

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Michelle Yeatman

Michelle Yeatman

Artist

Andrew Garret

Artist

Language Group: Gunggannji

Andrew Garrett was born and bred in the Yarrabah community and is a successful sportsman, playing Rugby League for the Yarrabah Sea Hawks.

Andrew’s love of art at school has evolved into a successful transition as an artist at Yarrabah Arts &Cultural Precinct. Andrew’s artwork depicts the land and sea surrounding him. His ability and talent to commit to all mediums is very advantageous as an emerging artist working his way toward a professional artistic career.

Exhibitions:

Wabu Minyaan,Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns – July/August 2015

A Year in Yarrabah,Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns – July/August 2015

Icons in Clay,KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns - July/August 2015

Freshwater Saltwater Exhibition, Umi Arts – August 2014

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Andrew Garret

Andrew Garret

Artist

Valmai Pollard

Artist

Clan Group- Gunganngi

Born in Cairns in 1986 Valmai grew up in Yarrabah from a very artistic family.  She studied Visual Arts in  school and has been involved in various CDEP workshops at Yarrabah Arts Centre in linocut, pottery, etching and woodwork.

Selected Exhibitions

Wabu Minyaan, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns – July/August 2015
A Year in Yarrabah, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns – July/August 2015
Icons in Clay; KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns - July/August 2015
Kinship,The Tanks, Cairns – August 2013
Freshwater Saltwater,Umi Arts, Cairns - August 2013
Silk Cut Awards, Frankston, VIC – 2013 *finalist
You and Me,Umi Arts, Cairns - December 2013
Freshwater Saltwater, Tandanya Cultural Centre, Adelaide, SA – January 2014

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Valmai Pollard

Valmai Pollard

Artist

Edna Ambrym

Artist

Clan Group: Kuku Yalanji/Gungandji

Tribe: Gunggandji

Clan name: Wangullay

Edna comes from the Gunggandji tribe in Yarrabah on her mother’s side and is Eastern Kuku Yalanji on her father’s side. Her language name is Wangullay.

Born in Cairns 1967 and raised in Yarrabah, Edna’s art reflects some of the stories she has heard during her childhood in Yarrie (Yarrabah) with family and friends. Edna has a strong sense of colour and design and is an accomplished artist; her paintings appearing in several exhibitions and galleries.

 

Selected Exhibitions

Wabu Minyaan, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns – July/August 2015

A Year in Yarrabah, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns – July/August 2015

Icons in Clay,KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns - July/August 2015

Freshwater Saltwater,Tandanya Cultural Centre, Adelaide, SA – January 2014

Freshwater Saltwater, Umi Arts, Cairns - August 2013

Kinship, The Tanks, Cairns – August 2013

You and Me, Umi Arts, Cairns - December 2013

Silk Cut Awards,Frankston, VIC – 2013 *finalist

Yarrie You, Yarrie Me, Umi Arts, Cairns – February 2012

Pathways, Umi Arts, Cairns - August 2012
Sting in the Tail, Kick Arts and Djumbunji Press, Cairns - 2009

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Edna Ambrym

Edna Ambrym

Artist

Philomena Yeatman

Artist

Clan Group: Kuku Yalanji/Gungandji

Tribe: Gunggandji

Philomena Yeatman was born and bred in the Yarrabah community. She began her career in the arts in 1991 as a screen printer and jewellery maker, later developing her skills as a weaver producing table mats, fans and baskets. In recent years she has also discovered her talent for painting.

The baskets produced by the women of Yarrabah are made from the leaves of the Pandanus Palm and the cabbage Palm. The leaves are collected from the palm when green then dried, curled and rolled ready for use. Some of the palm leaves are dyed and then used for the intricate designs incorporated into the woven baskets.

The art of weaving and basket making has been passed on through the generations and depicts the skills and patience that has been part of the aboriginal culture for centuries.

Philomena continues to carry on the tradition of basket making working with a group of woman dedicated to keeping alive the art of basketry as well as spending most days at the Yarrabah Arts Centre painting and producing exhibition ready works.

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Philomena Yeatman

Philomena Yeatman

Artist

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