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Bri Apma Hayes (Arrernte), It is within us

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photography, digital print on paper, 2023


It is within us, our culture runs through our veins.

The spirit of our ancestors, guiding us, making us strong.

This connection embedded within our souls.

We are our ancestors and they are us.


Artist Bio:

My name is Bri Pengarte Apma Hayes. I am a young Arrernte woman and emerging artist. I have been born and raised on Waddawurrung Country in Geelong.

I created Ntulye Art about 5 years ago. The name I use for my art is very special and holds a lot of meaning for myself and family. Ntulye Art honors my great grandmother Undelya (Minnie) Apma. Ntulye meaning shadow in Arrernte language which can be spelt in a variation of ways.

I have learnt to paint and tell stories through my art by watching my Dad paint while I was younger and have now started my own career and journey of being an Aboriginal artist. I use lots of blues and oranges, sticking to earthy tones to represent the land and waterways connected to my people.

I love being able to share my creative thinking, stories and culture through art and helping others understand the deep connection and importance of Aboriginal art. I think it is a great way of getting those around me to really think about the rich culture we have here in Australia and sometimes the challenging issues we face that can be portrayed through art.