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Yarra / Birrarung – Spirit in the City of Melbourne

Katie Roberts & Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone



June 24 - July 23 | Burrinja Gallery

This is the latest chapter in Katie Roberts' ongoing body of work exploring the Yarra / Birrarung and the history of Melbourne / Narrm. 


This timer she exhibits alongside Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone, a salt-water who has been investigating much of the same subject matter through her PhD research. 

This exhibition presents their two parallel artistic endeavours to listen to the land and the river. These paintings and works on paper convey the layered historical and contemporary stories of on Wurundjeri land and Melbourne/Narrm. Both artists work to acknowledge and expose the impacts THAT colonisation imposed. This cross-cultural conversation IS  about place and is centred on EXPOSING the ongoing environmental trauma. This is the colonial legacy that we are all participating in. But, and above, all we acknowledge the enduring and powerful spirit of place.














Yarra Birrarung Invitation & Flyer - Digital black edge for Insta.jpg
The Yarra
Scale Drawings 

Exhibition runs 23 June - 23 July 2022.

Opening hours: Wednesday 0 Saturday 10-4pm 

Burrinja Cultural Centre, Glenfern Rd, Upwey, Wurundjeri Land

Drawing Breath – An Exhibition of Life Drawings at Montsalvat

                                August 29th – 22nd September 2019 

Dear friends, 


I am very excited to invite you to my latest exhibition Drawing Breath, opening on Thursday 29th August 6.40-8.30pm at Monsalvat Arts Centre in the Long Gallery. I would be delighted if you could join me for the opening. (Or if you prefer or can not make the opening I will be hosting some picnic gatherings too, please let me know if you can come to the opening to assist with catering or if you'd rather a picnic invite.) The exhibition runs 29th Aug-22nd September, Monday - Sunday 9-5pm at Montsalvat Arts Centre, 7 Hillcrest Ave. Eltham. It is an exhibition of the life drawings I made at Montsalvat when I was running life drawing classes last year. There will be large original drawings, iterations as well as prints available. 


These works celebrate life drawing, the wonderful models, the discipline itself in which we meet out own humanity, life and mortality. 

Drawing Breath - Katie Roberts 

Opening 29th Aug 6.30-8.30pm

An exhibition of life drawings created in sessions led by the artist at Montsalvat in 2018. This exhibition celebrates the practice of life drawing; the process of discovery, the rhythmic discipline and deep searching. For this artist the process of drawing is akin to breathing. These works explore what it is to be human, and greater questions of mortality itself.


This is an exhibition of the original drawings, iterations and more developed works.


Montsalvat Long Gallery

7 Hillcrest Ave Eltham

29th Aug - 22nd Sept

Montsalvat Exhibition Invite 2019.Front.
Scale Drawings 
Other Projects

Art4All Exhibition – Feature Artist 

Hello friends and art lovers,


I hope this finds you all well. It's been a while since I sent out any art news, so I thought a little update and INVITATION was in order. Over the last year or so I have gathered new energy for my art and am making whole new bodies of exciting work. I will be sending out more regular updates and invites. Please let me know if you would like to be added to this list. 


So here's the latest NEWS: 


I am delighted to have been selected to be one of the Feature Artists this year at the Art4All exhibition at Fairfield Primary School. It's a fantastic exhibition and fundraiser for the school, which features many renowned local artists as well as gorgeous children's art. It's now in its 21st year and I am really pleased to be part of it. It opens on Friday 7th September and runs all weekend, with a Gala Opening on the Saturday night. 


It's an exciting opportunity to see some of my latest work as well as works that have never been shown before, all selected especially for this exhibition and showcasing the local landscape and environment. 


Here are some glimpses of these artwork to whet your appetite. 

I hope to see you there. 

Katie Roberts I Lay Me Down in The Leave
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