Gemma Merritt

BORN: Mullewa, Western Australia
TRIBE: Badimaya, Wajarri of Western Australia
REGION: Murchison

Born in Mullewa, Gemma grew up in Perth and during the holidays, visited her grandparents in Mullewa looking for bush tucker at their sandalwood camp. She went to boarding school in Perth during her high school years before studying Aboriginal visual arts at Swan TAFE (Midland) and Aboriginal art and design at Central West TAFE, Geraldton.

She is inspired by work that shows story or meaning and by indigenous artists in their expression of love of the land, animals and ways of life as an Aboriginal.

Gemma lives in Geraldton, has five children and her work has been exhibited at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Central West TAFE and Swan TAFE (Midland).


Artworks


Group Exhibitions

2013 GoodHeart, QV1, Perth, WA
2013 Revealed, Central TAFE, Perth, WA
2012 Open Studio, ACDC, Geraldton, WA
2012 Morawa Art Awards, City Hall, Morowa, WA
2012 Gifted, ACDC, Exhibition, QV1, Perth, WA
2012 Port Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2012 GoodHeart Exhibition, QV1, Perth WA
2012 NAIDOC MArketplace ACDC, Geraltdton, WA
2012 Mid West Art Prize, GRAG, GERALDTON, WA
2012 Illgarijiri, European Union, Brussels, Belgium
2012 Illgarijiri, The Hague, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2012 Illgarijiri, Australian Embassy, Berlin, Germany
2012 QPT, City of Greater Geraldton, Geraldton, WA
2011 Connection 2 Place Exhibit, GRAG, Geraldton, WA
2011 Port Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland, Courthouse Gallery
2011 Mid West Art Awards, GRAG, Geraldton, WA
2011 Illgarijiri, Australian Embassy, Washington, DC, USA
2011 NAIDOC, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA
2011 Gifted, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA
2011 Good Heart Exhibition, QVI, Perth

2010 Track.Trail Exhibition, GRAG, Geraldton
2010 Mt Magnet Art Awards, Mt Magnet WA
2010 NAIDOC, ACDC Geraldton
2010 OPR Good Heart, QVI Perth WA
2010 Ilgarijiri, Cape Town, South Africa
2010 Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland WA
2009 Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, AIATSIS, Canberra ACT
2009 Ilgarijiri, Curtin University, Perth WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GUC, Geraldton WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GRAG, Geraldton WA
2009 OPR Good Heart, QVI Perth WA
2009 NAIDOC, ACDC Geraldton
2009 Harmony Week Exhibition, QPT, Geraldton WA
2008 Ilgarijiri Network Gathering, QPT, Geraldton WA
2008 Bundi Gurdardu Exhibition, QVI Building, St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
2006 Central West College of TAFE, Geraldton Western Australia
2006 Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton Western Australia
2006 QPT, Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton Western Australia
2004 Midland TAFE, Midland Western Australia

Commissions

2011 Beyond the Universe, Dept of Trade, Government Australia