• Artist: Dulcie Sharpe
  • Art Centre: Yarrenyty-Arltere
  • Region: Central Australia

Artwork Story

Dulcie Sharpe was born at Jay Creek. Her mother is from Papunya and she is a Luritja speaker. Dulcie spends time out bush at Jay Creek with her sister. Dulcie was enrolled in the Certificate II in Art and Craft with Batchelor College when Yarrenyty Arltere was a training program. Her inspiration for her art comes from animals and bush tucker. She enjoys teaching children about bush tucker and bush law.

Dulcie helps to coordinate the intergenerational culture program that happens from the Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre. She has been involved in the public art works for the Alice Springs Hospital, Gillen primary school and the Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre. Dulcie makes soft sculptures, prints and silk scarves. She is a respected elder of the community and a positive role model for other artists.

Yarrenyty Arltere is a Western Arrernte community arts enterprise. It is part of the Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre; an intergenerational program that began in 2000 as a response to the chronic social distress faced by families. It has helped people to rebuild lives. The art centre has been at the heart of this healing. It is an Indigenous owned and managed organisation. Profits from sales go to the artists and towards the purchase of materials.