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Meeting the incredible Barbara Weir

Nadia Phillips meeting Barbara Weir

On my travels in Australia, I had the great pleasure to meet the wonderful Barbara Weir. Not only that, I had the chance to watch her work!

Barbara is an incredible woman, an artist and politician, she has been campaigning for the local land rights movement since the 1970's. In 1985 she was elected as the first woman president of the Indigenous Urapunta Council.

Her life has not been easy, Barbara was one of the Stolen Generations, where Aboriginal children were taken from her family and placed into foster care. She was reunited with her mother in the 1960's, but it took many years to repair the bonds.

She took up painting in 1985, her work includes representations of plants and 'dreamings' and is much sought after. Her mother, Minnie Pwerle, is widely regarded as one of Australia's most significant contemporary women artists, despite only beginning to paint at the age of 80! Barbara managed Minnie's stellar career until she passed away in 2006.

Barbara's beautiful work will be on display at our upcoming exhibitions, we can't wait for you to see it!

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