AGB Events First Nations Adviser
“Parrtjima means shedding both light and understanding, but it’s much more. It’s the generosity and spirit of a peoples who have and always will care for country and for the many travellers who visit this timeless land.” AGB Events First Nations Adviser Rhoda Roberts
A Widjubul woman from the Bundjalung territories, Rhoda Roberts AO is currently Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival and Creative Director Parrtjima Festival (NT).
An experienced motivated and versatile arts executive, with a diverse range of international and national industry practice within commercial, community and non-profit organisations.
Rhoda was the founder and Festival Director of the Dreaming Festivals (1995-2009). A practicing weaver, actor, independent producer and director, she continues to work as a consultant across diverse disciplines and is a sought after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio.
Kumalie Kngwarraye Riley is an Arrernte woman from Alice Springs with spiritual affiliations and connections to the land of her grandmother. Kumalie is a well-known Arrernte Elder and artist with many years of experience teaching the Arrernte language in Alice Springs primary schools and in adult education.
Greg McAdam is from Alice Springs. A well-known Aussie rules footballer, after living in Adelaide Greg returned home to Arrernte country in 2000, following which he went through cultural lore, Aboriginal men’s business. It was while on his Northern Arrernte homelands of Yamba in 2004 that he turned his hand to painting. His artwork, Grass Seeds, is a dreaming story from his country; given to him by his uncle.
Rachel Wallace is an Arrernte woman. Her mother’s country is Arltunga, along the Ross River Highway. The Arrernte name is Ampe Alanteme (Baby Asleep). Her Father’s country is Alatyeye; Gem Tree and Yam Dreaming, the one in her painting. Rachel says painting helps her family to remember their Dreaming stories.
Lachlan Dodds-Watson is a young Aboriginal man from Alice Springs. He went to school in Adelaide where he trained to be a footie player. However, the call of home was strong he returned to Alice Springs. Lachlan’s emu shape and style for Emu Laying Eggs at Night is taken from the artwork of his father, who gave Lachlan permission to start his own paintings. Representing the next generation of artists, Lachlan expresses his own contemporary style of painting.