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Dora Griffiths Gerrgngnarri

Kira Kiro Artists and Waringarri Arts

I was born in Kununurra on Miriwoong Country and lived here all my life except for some schooling in Broome in Years 8 & 9. I have worked at St Joseph’s School as a teacher’s aid and at Mirima Language centre as a secretary. I also worked at the Women’s Centre. I started as the artist support worker at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts helping all the old people in 2004. After coming here for a while and helping the old people mix paints, I started painting myself. I have worked as the art centre Administration and Gallery Assistant. More recently, I have been working as the Dawang Projects Officer supporting artists and art projects. I am a Director on the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Board and have been the Chairperson in 2005, 2013, 2018 and 2020. I am also a Director on the ANKA Board since 2012 and the Women’s Centre Board since 2010.  I completed the ANKA Arts-worker Extension program in 2012 and have learnt many industry skills. I completed a Certificate in Cross Cultural Conservation & Heritage as part of the AWE Pathways in December 2018 and I participated in the AACHWA Art Gallery of Western Australia Internship in January 2019. I paint as often as I can. I have 5 children and 8 grand children. I am following in the footsteps of my parents and my elders to learn about Country, culture and art from my parents and my old people.