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DADAA | Artist Stories | Two women painting in an arts class

Yamatji woman Mandy White (above right) is a painter and mixed media artist. Working from DADAA Midland‘s Focus Studios, she has developed a large body of work that has been exhibited widely. In the 2015 As we Are exhibition, she won the Nulsen Reconciliation Action Plan Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award for her painting ‘Rooster Dancing’. Following this, she was invited to exhibit work at the annual Wholehearted exhibition at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Art Gallery. In 2016 Mandy entered multiple works into the annual Revealed and NAIDOC exhibitions.

A performer and musician, Sam Kerr has developed his own work for performance and broadcast. He has participated in stARTSPEAK’s Digital Dialogues and Room programs, and has worked with professional artists Sam Fox and Bonnie Davies. Sam presented part of his work for a Sight Unseen performance at the State Theatre Centre of WA in 2013. Sam’s most recent work is Text Art.

Jo Hayward is a visual artist working from DADAA’s Freight Studio, as well as from her home studio. Jo has worked with a number or professional artists including Nalda Searles on a textile project and Camilla Loveridge on using polymer transfer techniques. Jo has exhibited her work broadly, with some of her work touring nationally and internationally as part of a collaboration between DADAA and KCAT in Ireland. For the past eight years, Jo has been helping curate some of the Freight Gallery exhibitions through working collaboratively with DADAA’s Creative Producer Chris Williams. She has also been artist-in-residence at MarshArt in the West Kimberley and visited Newman as a volunteer to help set up a new art gallery. Jo has received several awards and commissions for her work.

Artist Julia Hales began working with DADAA in 1997 on performance projects such as Lovebytes and Keep on Dancing Girl. Since then, she has been supported by DADAA in a number of professional development activities – including attending WAAPA and participating in the Arts Access Australia and Australia Council for the Arts’ Sync leadership program. She has co-devised her own work and performed at the State Theatre Centre of WA, the Blueroom, PICA and on ABC radio. in 2016, she was cast as one of the traders in BLACKMARKET, Perth-based PVI’s performance work as part of PIAF. Julia is currently researching and developing a new theatre work based on her FINDING LOVE film – through DADAA’s Digital Dialogues project.


DADAA offers targeted arts and cultural programs that include a broad range of traditional and new media projects in almost 50 Western Australian communities.

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