Julie was born on Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land. She was taught to weave pandanus and to collect natural bush dyes by her mother. Julie has created a range of contemporary fibre works including lampshades, hats, mobiles fish, turtles and fibre earrings. She has created designs for textiles and print and leads weaving workshops for visitors.
Lancetta is the granddaughter of the late artist Angelina George. She has lived at Beswick all her life and has participated in Djilpin’s many media projects since she was a young teenager. More recently Lancetta has become an Artsworker for Djilpin and has produced designs for print and textiles.
Noreena is originally from Gapuwiyak, and learned the arts of bush harvesting and weaving there with her sister, mother and grandmother. Noreena creates vibrant fibre mats, baskets, string bags and Mukuy spirit figures, as well as designs for print and textiles. Noreena has exhibited in Melbourne and Darwin and has travelled to Timor-Leste with Djilpin.
Marcus is the son of didjeridu (Mago) Master, David Blanasi and paints in his father’s Mayali tradition. Marcus is represented in the Museum Blanasi Collection with large scale works on canvas. He continues to paint as well as having produced designs for Djilpin’s textile range. Marcus has served as a Djilpin Director and cultural advisor.
Jessica was born in Katherine and has lived in Beswick since her family moved there from Roper River when she was a child. Jessica is an Artsworker for Djilpin and has produced designs for gold and silver jewellery, textiles and print. She also paints in the tradition of her Grandmother, the late artist Angelina George.
Brett was born in Katherine and came to Barunga and Beswick when he was young. David Blanasi, didjeridu master player and renowned artist, taught Brett to paint. As well as painting on bark and canvas, Brett also carves and paints buffalo horn, didjeridus and turtle shells. His recurrent themes are the rainbow serpent, mermaids and Mimi spirits.
Janice is a Wagilak woman who lives at Beswick with her mother, weaver Vera Cameron. Janice is a cultural practitioner who dances both Bongiliny Bongiliny and Bunggul, she is a Djilpin artsworker and has served a Director of Djilpin for a number of terms. Janice has produced a range of designs for print and textiles.
Rita was born in Pine Creek NT and grew up in Maningrida. She has lived in Beswick for twenty years. Her mother taught Rita to weave mats, baskets and dilly bags. Rita developed her own woven animal designs and creates everything from stingrays and mermaids, to wild pigs and bushfoods such as yams. She has exhibited for Djilpin Arts in Indonesia, Melbourne and Darwin.
Vera was born at Djilpin on the Goyder River and came to Beswick as a young woman. She was taught to weave with pandanus and to collect the natural bush dyes by her sister and mother. As well as traditional fibre such as mats, baskets and dilly bags, Vera creates fine hand-woven Mukuy spirit figures. Vera has also created designs for silver and gold jewellery and textiles. Vera has exhibited in, and travelled to, Melbourne, Darwin, Indonesia and Timor Leste.
Patsy was born in Central Arnhem Land. Her mother and grandmother showed her how to collect pandanus and bush colour and taught her how to weave. Patsy has lived in Beswick for many years and produced a range of finely woven artefacts such as mats, baskets, dilly bags and Mukuy spirit figures, as well as designs for textiles and print.
Anderson is a Director of Djilpin Arts. He is the son of the late artist Angelina George and carries on the family tradition of making contemporary art with designs for textiles and print. Anderson supports and works with the Djilpin Arts by encouraging local community artists, and is committed to the legacy of his late brother Balang Lewis.
The late Angelina was an award winning contemporary Indigenous artist whose paintings are explorations of landscape, reflecting space and structure of her country. Angelina grew up in Roper River country, attending the mission school, where she first began to draw in coloured chalks on slate. Angelina’s final works are represented in Djilpin’s permanent collections and in textiles.
Loretta was born and raised at Ngukurr, Roper River, before moving to Beswick as a young woman. Loretta follows the painting style of her mother, the late artist Angelina George, favouring bush flowers and landscapes as her subject matter. Loretta has produced designs for gold and silver jewellery, textiles and prints and was elected Chair of Djilpin Arts in 2019.
Scott was born in Ngukurr and has lived in Beswick for twenty years. He was taught painting by his late father, Micky Hall, a founding Director of Djilpin Arts. As well as painting Scott also carves artefacts such as spears and didjeridus He has produced numerous fine prints for Djipin’s Gapu Series, as well as works on canvas, has served as a Director for Djilpin and dances both Bongiliny Bongiliny and Bunggul.
Auguie has been an Arts Worker at Djilpin Arts since 2008. She is the eldest great grandchild of renowned didjeridu master, David Blanasi and is a cultural host for the Blanasi Collection. She has produced designs for textiles and print, as well as participating in many of Djilpin’s media programs. Auguie is a Graduate of ANKA’s Artsworker Extension Program.
Major is a key dancer for Bongiliny Bongiliny and Bunggul and has performed with Djilpin at festivals and events across the Northern Territory. He has produced designs for textiles and print, as well as paintings on canvas.
Frankie is a senior Mayali man who has lived most of his life at Beswick. A master of Mago (West Arnhem didjeridu), Frankie also works on canvas, bark and local timbers, He has produced designs for bronze, textiles and print for Djilpin’s Gapu series. Frankie paints with the traditional grass brush, a skill learned from master such as David Blanasi. He is a founding member of Djilpin and has served as a Director for many years.
Renowned screen and stage actor, musician and community leader, Balang was the founding and Artistic Director of Djilpin Arts and the Walking with Spirits Festival. Balang passed away at his home in Katherine in 2018 and he is buried next to his mother, Angelina George, at Beswick. His legacy is honoured with a feature collection in the Culture Centre he created.
Born and raised at Beswick, Revonna joined Djilpin as a young woman, becoming an Artsworker in 2008 and participating in many of Djilpin’s media programs. She made her own short film “Boss for His Country” with TEABBA and has served as Chair on the Djilpin Arts Board of Directors. Revonna has produced designs for textiles and print.
Evangeline is from Ramingining and has lived in Beswick since she was four years old. She learned painting from her grandfather and bush medicine from her grandmother. Evangeline is an Artsworker and Cultural Host for Djilpin, she is a Graduate of the ANKA Artsworker Extension Program and has produced designs for print, jewellery and textiles.