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URQUHART Narelle

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ARTIST, WIRADJURI

“ART HAS GIVEN ME A VOICE IN WHICH I CAN BE HEARD.  IT’S A CREATIVE SPACE THAT REFLECTS WHO WE ARE, OUR DREAMS, OUR THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS”.  

Narelle has been painting for 16 years and is the mother of four children.  Narelle is one of six children and is the daughter of well-known Aboriginal activist Iris Clayton; her father Tex Urquhart is white Australian with Scottish heritage.

Not only was her mother part of the Stolen Generation, but Narelle and her siblings were also removed from their home in Sydney and taken to a Catholic Nummery in Gosford NSW in the early 1970’s.  Eventually, Narelle’s father got them back and raised them as a single parent.

Narelle is currently based on the Gold Coast, painting and working within schools.  She has illustrated four publications and had several joint and independent art exhibitions.  One of her recent illustrations was to the book “Tucker”, written by Wendy Notley.  It is available online through Blake Education.  It is part of a series that depict Aboriginal people their stories and culture.

Narelle loves to paint Australian animals, plants and people’s personal stories, as well as her spiritual beliefs.  She hopes to set up mentoring art programs, to help Indigenous artists retain more of their profits within their communities.