Roots of Identity

Royal Lane
8 May

Roots of Identity

Narrun Yana Art Collective

Roots of Identity is a reflection of personal journeys and experiences of the Narrun Yana Art Collective’s artists and represents what community and home means to them, examining the roots of who they are as artists and First Nations people.

Teaka Williams is a Gunditjmara woman working in photography, interior design and mixed media art. Having struggled with identity and feeling a place of belonging, she has started her journey in finding what it means to have a place of home and wishes to be able to create spaces that provide a sense of comfort, relatability and vulnerability.

Rubii Red is a proud 23-year old Lama Lama woman from the Cape York Peninsula, but has grown and lived in Naarm (Melbourne) for the majority of her life. A digital artist, a lot of Rubii’s artwork focuses around original characters that represent her culture and community in a fun and vibrant way. Reacting to big issues and events and to bring awareness to those issues visually is another strong theme of her works. Her goal is to eventually produce her own comic book or graphic novel representing First Nations people and her community.

Chelsea McGinty is a proud Gija and Jaru woman from the North East Kimberlys, where from a young age she began to develop her love of art, going on to win a number of art competitions within Western Australia and seeing her designs used on numerous products. Chelsea now lives and studies in Melbourne, and plans to become an Art Therapist. This is Chelsea’s first professional exhibition.

Nakia Cadd is a Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Bunitj woman who grew up in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. Nakia’s work has strong design elements of line work that connect with her family lines and landscapes of her Countries. Her artwork is also inspired by her motherhood journey, family and country.


  • Royal Lane Sat 08 May 8am
  • Runtime: 12 hrs

Key Artists

Teaka Williams (Gunditjmara), Rubii Red (Lama Lama), Chelsea McGinty (Gija and Jaru), Nakia Cadd (Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Bunitj)

Additional Info

Photo: Always Was, Always Will Be by Rubii Red.

Presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival.