In the Yindjibarndi language Yinjaa-Barni means ‘staying together’, and it finds its meaning and expression in art, a true language of bridging cultures. Yinjaa-Barni Art is an Art Center of talented Indigenous artists in Roebourne, Western Australia.
Most of the artists originate from the stunning Millstream Tableland which lies to the east.
Two to three generations of women, and sometimes some boys, share the days together over stretched out canvases in a long, open studio with wide verandahs. Yindjibarndi elder, Clifton Mack paints quietly on his own in a separate studio. Mack leads a crop of artists who’ve scooped many awards, impressing national judges and broader communities alike.
For the past couple of years, the Yinjaa-Barni Art group has scooped major wins at Australia’s largest regional showing the famous Cossack Art Awards.
Allery Sandy was born in Roebourne and is one of Yinjaa-Barni Art’s senior artists. Allery started painting in February 2006,
with short courses in painting and design.
Since then her natural talent has progressed quickly. Her works begin with an underpainting using sponge and brush work, and finish with a fine dot work layer, creating a sense of movement and depth of field on the canvas. Allery generally likes to paint the landscape and various elements of her Pilbara country, including the bush seeds, the creeks and rivers, wildflowers in season and specific trees. She also loves to re-tell stories told to her by her father and grandfather. Her favorite style of painting is from an aerial perspective. Allery regularly exhibits in private galleries in Fremantle and Sydney, has won a number of prizes at the Cossack Art Awards, and is represented in public and private collections.
Allery has been the Chairperson of Yinjaa-Barni Art since 2006 and is a highly respected member of the Yindjibarndi community and a passionate communicator of her culture. In 2014, Allery was both a performer and Yindjibarndi language and cultural advisor for the play, “Hipbone Sticking Out”.