Established in 2006, Kaiela Arts is located in Shepparton and resides on the lands of the Kaielthban of the Yorta Yorta, in Regional Victoria.
The centre is an important space for artists and the community to connect with art and culture, and provides important cultural, social and economic outcomes for both artists and the broader Aboriginal community. With a rich Indigenous heritage, the Kaiela Dungala (Goulburn Murray) region is home to many talented artists. Kaiela Arts represents more than 80 of these artists and helps to share and support their work. The centre actively promotes the south-eastern Australian Aboriginal linear art styles, which are traditional to the Aboriginal people of the Kaiela-Dungala region. Artists receive training and mentoring at the centre, and the work of many has been exhibited around Victoria, in some cases winning prestigious awards.
Suzanne Atkinson is a proud Yorta-Yorta woman currently living in Mooroopna, Victoria. She is an emerging artist, practicing in a range of different mediums, including weaving, clay, painting, poetry and wood burning, with a strong emphasis for learning traditional weaving styles. She is inspired by her mother’s artistic ability to create work from what nature provides.
Suzanne chose to pursue an art career in 2015, by studying a Bachelor Degree of Contemporary/Visual Arts at Deakin University. Her woven works are courageous, bold and reflect her love for country and family. She loves to use colour and takes great care in the dying of her fibres. Her works are increasingly becoming sought after by collectors as her skills become more developed.