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Lynette Lewis

Venue: Central Craft Studio

Lynette has fast become one of Ernabella's leading artists. She began as an Aboriginal Arts Worker at Ernabella Arts at the start of 2015 when her children were in their final years of school.

Prior to this, Lyne􀆩e had made tjanpi (weaving) at home and years earlier had created a suite of prints at the art centre.In mid-2015 Lyne􀆩e participated in two workshops leading up to the exhibition at Sabbia Gallery - Yangupala Tjuta Waakarinyi(Many Young People Working).

She then attended the Australian Ceramics Triennale in Canberra with three other artists and demonstrated at the Sabbia Gallery exhibition that toured to the Australian National Botanical Gardens Gallery.

In late 2015 Lyne􀆩e participated in a contemporary jewellery workshop with jeweller Mel Young at Ernabella as part of the Indigenous Jewellery Project. She created exceptional resin and traditional seed necklaces during the workshop, which were exhibited at Whistlewood, Victoria in March 2016. In 2016 Lyne􀆩e was also selected as a finalist in the Na􀆟onal Contemporary Jewellery Award at Griffith Regional Gallery.

In mid-2016 Lynette worked alongside seven other Ernabella women potters to create a collaborative ceramics installation for the Indigenous Ceramics Art Award at the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria in August 2016.

In 2016, Lyne􀆩e's work was acquired for the National Museum of Australia's collection.

In 2017 her work was presented in 'Clay Stories: Contemporary Indigenous ceramics from remote Australia' at Sabbia Gallery,

Sydney. The exhibition began its national tour at JamFactory Seppelfield for the Tarnanthi: Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander Art.

Her first solo exhibition was titled Mara ninti: Clever handsI - Liritja (necklaces) by Lyne􀆩e Lewis and was presented at Cra􀅌 ACT in November 2017.

Since then, Lynette's work has appeared in exhibitions across Australia and internationally, including the Hold our connection to country strong for malatja-malatja (future generayions) exhibition at Aboriginal Signature gallery in Brussels in 2018 and then again

Biography in Nganampa ngura-nguru nyurampa ngurakutu (From our place to your place) at Aboriginal Signature in 2020.

In 2019 Lyne􀆩e's ceramic artwork was inspired by milpatjunanyi, drawing stories in the sand, was a finalist for the Ravenswood

Women's Prize. She was also a finalist in the 2019 NATSIAA Telstra Awards.

Lynette's mother Atipalku is a senior artist. Her sisters Michelle and Langaliki also work as painters, and her father Adrian Intjalki was an established punu (timber) artist.

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