The Koskela Gallery is pleased to present a series of works by Lilly Ulah, from Ku Arts. At 80 years of age, Ulah’s talent was discovered in 2010 when the Coober Pedy Arts Project began running workshops.
“She painted her country. She came from our West, Spinifex country. When she sat down in Coober Pedy she painted (to remember), painted those tjukulas (waterholes), painted her country.”
- Johnny Ulah (Mrs Lilly Ulah’s son)
Lilly Ulah’s sense of identity was heavily forged through her connection to the land and surrounding country where she grew up, which she has encapsulated through her paintings. These sites were created by Ancestral Spirits and embody not only her recollections of space but her sense of connection to them.
Lilly Ulah’s artworks are sold on behalf of her family who receive the proceeds from the sales.
Ku Arts was established in 1988 by the artists of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands to promote the creation of art in eastern APY communities and help establish locally owned and governed art centres in the region.
Providing advocacy, support services, creative skills and professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers, Ku Arts works to support and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture within the visual arts sector.
"Ku Arts is building a warm nest that welcomes everyone and grows bigger over time."
- Alison Milyika Carroll, Anangu Mayatja
Ku Arts works with Aboriginal artists, art centres and arts workers across South Australia, delivering services that aim to support creatives and their aspirations. As an organisation and art centre partner, Ku Arts aims to keep communities and their cultures strong, paving the way for their children and future leaders.
Ku Arts is constantly exploring new ways of doing and creating across the arts sector in ways which help to promote the broader wellbeing and economic benefits of their programs. In conjunction with this, the centre offers practical, on the ground support for all staff and artists in a way that fosters talent, as well as encourages young artists to get involved!