Inside the work of Alice Guiness

Alice Guiness is one of Juluwarlu’s longest-painting artists. Born between 1950 and 1955, Alice began painting at another women’s wellbeing centre in Roebourne in the early 1990s before Juluwarlu Art Group opened.

She is also an artist working with a disability and although Juluwarlu have always supported her, we are just starting to understand it and explore it more.

To answer these interview questions, we all sat down together to help verbalise Alice’s practice and experience. We are elders and artists: Wendy Hubert, Judith Coppin, Jean Norman and June Djiagween, and our Juluwarlu CEO, Lorraine Coppin.

We are sitting in the art room at Ngurrawaana having our breakfast, the temperature is cool and it’s been raining all night. Alice is painting, a warm cup of tea by her side. There are seven dogs at our feet and everyone is feeling very relaxed.

Alice will be exhibiting her paintings at the National Indigenous Art Fair in Sydney at the Juluwarlu Art Group stall. It is her first visit to NSW.

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