Betty Conway | Artist Profile

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Betty was born 'in th ehomestead creek' at Tempe Downs Station in Central Australia in 1952. Her mother had walked in an extended group from Mutotjulu region (not then a community) to Lyndavale Station and then on to Tempe Downs in the 10 years prior to Betty's birth, due to drought. Betty relocated to Utju (Areyonga) Community in her early school years, living with other extended family but always returning home when possible. Later, when all the aboriginal people turned away from Tempe Downs, Betty moved to Jay Creek Outstation, where she met her partner. Betty's father was a member of the Conway family of Kings Creek aka Watarrka, and she has a deep knowledge about and deeper affection for this country, which she visits as often as she can. Betty personally holds holds carpet snake Tjukurrpa, but knows all the Dreamings that reside in, or travel through, her country. She has several adult children, living all over, from Sydney to Port Augusta, and in Alice Springs, and has many grandchildren she loves very dearly. Since moving to Alice Springs in 1980, Betty has been a strong contributor to various programs at Tangentyere Council including the Noght and Youths Patrols wher she worked each night before coming in to paint all day, and she has sat on the Council Executive, and is an active member of her Town Camp Housing Association. Betty speaks Luritja, Pitjantjatjara and Yankumytatjara as well as other south and south western desert languages, and is eager to translate for those who do not speak English fluently.
Elected to the Executive of Desart Inc in 2014, Betty also found herself a Telstra NATSIAA Finalist in 2015, much to her great pleasure.
Painting is a recreational activity for Betty, who never sits down without work. Taught by fellow Tangentyere Artist and family member, the late K Collins, Betty experiments freely with narrative, colour, style and technique. Refined in appearance, Betty's painting are distinguished by a delicate, layered technique and lively colour palette. painting both abstract and figurative works. Betty paints people, places, events and ancestral beings close to her heart. Her artworks details the important role of senior women in teaching, educating and sharing culture through story telling - many of her paintings can be read as though they are the illustrations of her 'talking stories' to her audience - and she has that particular ability to touch her audiences with her wit and charm.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2019 Tangentyere Artist, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2018 Tangentyere Artist Christmas Show, Hidden Valley, Yarrenyty Arltere and Tangentyere Artist, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2018 Tjina Mob: Next Door, Tanggentyere ArtistGallery
2018 Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs NT
2018 A Dream of Home, Satellite Exhibition curated by Terazita Turner-Young, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2017 Mparntwe & Ntaria Itweke-Itwe Mob (Alice Springs & Hermannsburg Neighbours) Tangentyere Artist Gallery Alice Springs NT
2016 Tjungu Festival, Aboriginal Art Marketplace, Yulara NT
2015 Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery South Australia Adelaide, SA
2015 Selfies 2- Town Campers, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2015 Desert mob - 25 year Commemorative Exhibition, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs NT
2015 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT
2015 Desert Dreaming featuring Artworks from 6 Art Centres from Central Australia, Art Image Gallery, Norwood SA
2014 Selfies: Representation of Self by Town Camp Artist, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Slice Springs NT
2014 8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2014 New Works: Salon Show, Tangentyere Artist Group Show
2014 Tangentyere Artist-A Survey, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2013 2012 Rights on Show Award-Darwin Community Legal Service Annual human Rights Art Awards, Supreme Court Foyer, Darwin NT
2013 New Works by Tangentyere Artist, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2013 Family Trees-Mbantua Festival Exhibition, curated by Hetti Perkins, Desart Art Centre, Alice SpringsTelegraph Station, Taz
2013 Open Day of New Art Centre, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2013 Tangentyere Artist, Central Craft Alice Springs, NT
2013 Our Way- Group show with Yarrenyty Arltere rtist, Raft Art Space, Alice Springs NT
2013 Seoul Open Arts Fair, Desart Art Centres Seoul, South Korea
2012 Darwin Festival Lighthouse, Alice Desert Festival HUB Space, Alice Springs, NT
2012 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Cultural Centre Alice Springs, NT
2012 Winner Betty Conway in conjunction with Molly Napurulla Martin, Batchelor Institute and Jen Standish-White Alice Festoval Wearable Arts Awards
2012 Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT
2012 Inaugural Art Centre Open Day, Araluen Desert Mob Joint Marketing. Presented at Art Centre 4 Elder Street, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day
2012 4 Elder Street, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day
2012 Araluen Cultural Centre Alice Springs NT Alice Springs Beanie Festival
2012 Human Rights Film Festival Olive Pink Botanic Gardens Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Exhibition
2011 Festival Park Darwin Harry Chan Avenue Darwin NT The Lighthouse Murals Darwin Festival
2011 Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery Fremantle WA Our homes: Town Camp & Beyond
2011 Exhibition Building Melbourne VIC Melbourne Affordable Art Fair
2011 Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery Fremantle WA Our homes: Town Camp & Beyond
2011 Tali Art Gallery Alice Springs Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
2011 IAD Press Alice Springs NT Sharing our Stories – Anwerne-kenhe ayeye: Indigenous Literacy Day Festival
2011 Festival Park Darwin Harry Chan Avenue Darwin NT The Lighthouse Murals Darwin Festival
2010 ReDot Fine Art Gallery Singapore Urban Aboriginal Art - A Survey
2009 Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery Fremantle WA Anwernekenhe Ayeye
2008 Putipula Gallery Noosa Heads QLD Darlings of the Desert
2006 Araluen Art and Cultural Centre Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Inaugural Town Camps Exhibition
COLLECTIONS:
Araluen Art and Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
CAYLUS Murals, Commissions Mural, Central Australian Youth Link Up Services, 2012
Darwin Festival Lighthouse Murals Commission, 2011
Tangentyere Council Patrols Mural Commission, with Louise Daniels, 2013
Baker IDI Collection, Alice Springs, 2010
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
2015 Byrne, Joanna, Sophie Wallace, and Tangentyere Artists, Making Place Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tarnanthi Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery South Australia, p: 92-97
2015 Cumpston, Nici and Nick Mitzevich, Tarnanthi At The Gallery, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, p: 9-16.
2016 Finnane, Kieran, 'From ceremony to selfies', Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 287, March 2016, p:68-70.
AWARDS:
2015 Finalist - Telstra NATSIAA - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT Darwin
2013 Rights on Show Award - Darwin Community Legal Service Annual Human Rights Art Awards, CHAN Contemporary Art Space, Darwin NT
2012 Alice Desert Festival Wearable Arts Awards in conjunction with Jen Standish-White, Molly Napurulla Martin, and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education















Artworks of Betty Conway

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