Danella Lee

Danella_LeeDanella Lee (Nutburra Nutburra) was born in 1961. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Art workshop facilitation
  • Exhibiting artist
  • Exhibition coordination and sales
  • Cultural Image Design

Danella’s mother is Larrakia (Traditional Owner of the Darwin Region). Danella has travelled extensively but now resides in Darwin:

  • Clan: Larrakia, Darwin N.T
  • Skin: Dhua

Art Practice I started painting in my mid-teens. My first exhibition was held in 1995 in Toowoomba Qld with renowned photographer Steve Parish. I then opened ‘Bidjibarra, Arts Crafts and Culture Shop’ in the Bell Street Mall in Toowoomba. The next two years gave me the opportunity to become an Indigenous educator around the Darling Downs area in the primary and secondary schools providing cultural and art based activities. In 1996 I became the first Australian Indigenous woman to exhibit several of my painting and sculptures in the Milano Art Festival in Italy. I sold most of them. I now have art all over Europe, America and Australia. I am currently based in Darwin to continue my type of a mix traditional and contemporary art.

Workshops & Enterprise In the late 1990s I facilitated an eight-week workshop with 25 young indigenous people, teaching how to create artworks – including: painting, sculpture and ceramics. I also coordinated opportunities to establish themselves as small business owners.


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