Anne Dixon | Artist Profile

Details of Anne Dixon


Anne was born in Alice Springs in 1965 and grew up in Ernabella. Her family live at the Pitjantjatjara communities of Fregon and Watarru. Anne has three children, one son and two daughters. She spends time between Watarru where her extended family live, and Alice Springs as her husband is a teacher at Yirara college.
Anne was inspired to learn the Tjanpi coiled basketry technique after watching her mother, Wipana Jimmy, and auntie, Tinpula Mervin, practice this artform. Although starting to weave only recently, Anne has a strong sculptural sensibility and her baskets are unique and interesting. Anne enjoys working on a large scale and experimenting with new styles. Her baskets and sculptures are highly sought after artworks.

Tjanpi (meaning 'dry grass') evolved from a series of basket weaving workshops held on remote communities in the Western Desert by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara Womens' Council in 1995. Building on traditions of using fibre for medicinal, ceremonial and daily purposes, women took easily to making coiled baskets. These new-found skills were shared with relations on neighbouring communities and weaving quickly spread. Today there are over 400 women across 28 communities making baskets and sculptures out of grass and working with fibre in this way is firmly embedded in Western and Central Desert culture. While out collecting desert grasses for their fibre art, women visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is Aboriginal owned and is directed by an Aboriginal executive. It is an arts business but also a social enterprise that provides numerous social and cultural benefits and services to weavers and their families. Tjanpi's philosophy is to keep culture strong, maintain links with country and provide meaningful employment to the keepers and teachers of the desert weaving business.


coiled basketry, fibre sculpture


2016 July - Strung Exhibition- Stories of Fibre
2016 July - Strung, Queensland Craft and Design Centre
2016 May - Tales from the Desert, Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland WA
2014 November - Fragrant Lands: Australian and Chinese Indigenous Art, Shanghai 2014
2014 August - Bush Life, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin NT
2014 June - Womens Work, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2013 September - Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2012 January - Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2011 January - Nganana pukultu basket wirura palyapai (We love making beautiful baskets), The Jam Factory, Adelaide
2010 January - Latest works from the NPY Lands, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
2010 January - Nganampa Mantanguru Nyuntu Nyanganyi - From Our Land You See, Michael Reid, Sydney
2010 January - Recent Works from the APY and NPY Lands, Raft Gallery, Alice Springs
2009 January - Tjanpi Recent Works, Birrung, World Vision Gallery, Sydney
2009 January - Michael Reid Gallery Sydney, NSW
2009 January - Colour and Country, Aratong Galleries at the Australian Hight Commission, Singapore
2008 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2008 Recoil: Change & Exchange in Fibre Art , Artback NT touring exhibition.
2007 Connected, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2007 Desert Diversity, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2007 Tjanpi Papa Uwangkara, 24th NATSIAA Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2007 Best of Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2007 Fibre anf Form, Joel Fine Art, Melbourne
2007 Women's Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2006 Tjanpi Tjuta, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.
2006 Avant Card Sydney
2006 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2006 Master works, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT

2007 Margie West, RE-coil, Change and Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art, Art back Territory arts Touring.

Artworks of Anne Dixon