Meet our artists
Jack Anselmi is a proud Yorta Yorta man from Mooroopna, Victoria. A regular participating artist at Kaiela Arts, Jack enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and learning new skills. He is highly regarded for his striking animal carvings, sculptures and ceramics. Jack has received various commissions including from Melbourne University and Goulburn Valley Grammar School. In 2016, Jack Anselmi worked with fellow artist Cynthia Hardie to create a large ceramic installation called ‘Midden’ for the Indigenous Ceramic Art Award at Shepparton Art Museum. ’Midden’ was one of five shortlisted entries and won the 2016 Award for its innovative use of the medium of ceramic. A recurring theme in his ceramics is the long-neck turtle which is the Yorta Yorta totem. Jack breathes life into previously inanimate objects whether in wood or ceramic, his animals have an energy about them that is captivating.
Cynthia Hardie was born and raised in Mooroopna and over the years has filled her home with her beautiful creations. Reluctant to part with anything, she says her home is almost full to the rafters Her paintings adorn canvas, rocks, emueggs, timber, papier-mâché bowls, clap sticks, boomerangs, anything she can get her hands on and often more than one thing at a time. Her love of art and craft began as a child and has continued throughout her life. Mostly self-taught, she enjoys teaching her granddaughters how to paint, sharing her art supplies and painting small canvases and boomerangs.
Tiarne Hall is a proud Wiradjuri woman, currently residing and creating on Yorta Yorta Country. She is one of many in her family who paint, including her two children.
Tiarne joined Kaiela Arts in 2014, taken under the wing of Gamilaraay artist Uncle Eric Brown.
A self-taught, contemporary artist; Tiarne works across a range of mediums from painting, watercolour, drawing & printmaking. She has also painted many murals, including a 12.5 metre, colourful “brain scan” at Cactus Country, Strathmerton that the ABC did a mini doc on for January 26th, 2021.
For Tiarne, art has always been a vessel for expressing her profound ties to the land and her family. Her pieces often carry undertones of feminism, politics, and tradition, merging seamlessly with topographical motifs that pay homage to her ancestral lineage.
Tiarne’s designs were selected for Design Roots 2 – “Lake” in 2018. Collaborating with Spacecraft Studios, making their way onto fabric through the intricate process of screen printing. The momentum continued with Design Roots 3 – “Identity” in 2019, a selection that saw her work at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and the Country to Couture Fashion Show. The same designs were featured in the NGV and Vogue Australia.
Tiarne also worked closely with other Kaiela artists to create “Yalka Lotjpa Nha”, a children’s Yorta Yorta language book.
Tammy-Lee Atkinson is a Yorta-Yorta artist. She is a proud Aboriginal woman who loves to learn and share personal and familial stories about her culture. Being able to express her own story through painting, drawing and photography, she attaches strong symbolic meaning to images that represent her traditional culture in contemporary art contexts. Tammy-Lee completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts at IKE at Deakin University in 2016 and she is currently enrolled in Certificate 3, Visual Arts, Centre for Koorie Education, GOTAFE, Shepparton.
Since 2014, Tammy-Lee has worked as a tutor in Aboriginal art and culture at Kaiela Arts and has presented works in group shows in Shepparton, Melbourne and also at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF).
Amy Briggs is a proud Yorta-Yorta woman, mother, and grandmother. Born in Mooroopna with deep roots in the Dungala at Cummeragunja.
Amy’s artistic journey is imbued with a profound connection to her ancestry and a commitment to storytelling through her craft.
Born amidst the landscapes that have shaped her identity, Amy’s creative path has been intertwined with the rich tapestry of her cultural heritage. Her artistic ventures serve as a powerful conduit for preserving and sharing the stories, experiences, and traditions that have been passed down through generations.
Amy’s artworks embody the essence of her heritage, capturing the beauty of the land, the resilience of her people, and the intricate relationships that define their existence. Her art becomes a bridge, connecting individuals from all walks of life to the vibrant pulse of Yorta-Yorta culture, and fostering a deeper understanding
Amy says, “As an artist, I love the amazing and inspiring journey with our group of elders, coming together and working on our art and telling our stories. The gallery is a place of learning, healing and hope.”