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YINJAA-BARNI ART is a collective of Aboriginal artists who predominantly belong to the Yindjibarndi language group and whose ancestral homelands surround the Fortescue River and Millstream Tablelands. Based in Roebourne, a small town in Western Australia’s Pilbara region of the north-west of the state, the Yinjaa-Barni artists create deeply personal works of collective memory, rendering the wildflowers, river systems and landforms of their Country onto canvas.
Yinjaa-Barni Art artists began painting together at Roebourne’s Pilbara Aboriginal Church in 2004, before moving to
the heritage-listed Dalgety House on the banks of the Harding River in 2007. A peaceful space where artists paint together, Yinjaa-Barni is home to cross-generational talent. Yindjibarndi elders and senior artists Maudie Jerrold and the late Mr Mack (1952 – 2019) were part of the inception of
the region’s Aboriginal art movement and embody important cultural knowledge in their artwork.
Yinjaa-Barni artists have exhibited nationally and internationally and have won multiple awards between them, with high profile artists Mr Mack and Allery Sandy both nominated for one of the country’s most prestigious Indigenous art prizes, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, and works by Aileen Sandy, Maudie Jerrold and Mr Mack held by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. For the senior members of the group, art is an important means of expressing their love of Country, culture, and the flora of the region. They use this, along with storytelling, as a way of passing on their knowledge to the younger generations, who are rapidly gaining recognition. Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre acknowledges Rio Tinto for its continuous support over the past 10 years. Rio Tinto supports the centre and artists through funding and the annual Colours of our Country exhibition.
Artists include: Allery Sandy, Aileen Sandy, Dawn Sandy, Melissa Sandy, Justina Willis, Danii Rae Willison, Marlene Harold, Donna Sandy, Joanne Willis, Sheryl Hicks, Cheyenne Phillips, Maudie Jerrold, Alicia Sandy, Renee Wally, Nina Smith, Nicola Moody
Image: Wearable art Jina- Jina by Yinjaa-Barni Art. Printed artwork design Pilbara Wild Flowers by Melissa Sandy, printed on Silk Faille, modeled by Treinaya Phillips. Designed by Patricia Floyd. Courtesy: Yinjaa- Barni Art