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HISTORY of Jilamara

In 2019, Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association will be 30 years old.

In the early days it was an Adult Education Centre. In 1989, Jilamara found its name and became an art centre.

Over the years Jilamara has seen many managers, many children and camp dogs on the lawn. Many days of top up, many loved artists and friends pass away.

The strength of culture and vision for Jilamara lives on, unwavering, as the older generation passes culture on to the next.

Jilamara artists have always painted with natural ochre, on ironwood, stringy bark and paper. They have also turned their hand to many new and different artforms over the years.

 

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KITTY KANTILLA & FREDA WARLAPINI

The first old Ladies of Jilamara

Kitty & Freda were instrumental in bringing Jilamara Arts to life in the 1980's. Their style, passion and influence live on through Jilamara artists.

They were special to their community, special to Jilamara, and special to the art world.

Kitty was lovingly known as 'Dot Dot' & Freda as 'Chicken Mesh' in reference to their iconic jilamara styles of painting.

Kitty is known internationally as one of Australia's finest Indigenous artists.

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