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Bates, Fiona

Born
Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Aboriginal Artist, Tour operator and Welfare worker

Summary

A member of the Barkandji people, Fiona Bates is an artist, tour guide, and member of the Broken Hill Aboriginal Justice Group.

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Fiona Bates is the second daughter of Muriel Riley and lives at Broken Hill, New South Wales. As a child she lived for some time with her uncle, accomplished artist Badger Bates. Accompanying him on field trips, she learned about the Aboriginal way of living, Aboriginal stories, and how to express the meaning of those stories through art. Fiona's own style of art encompasses sketching with lead pencil, watercolours, pastels, charcoals, acrylic paints and ochre, as well as lino cuts.

In 2008, Fiona won first prize in the open section of the Far Western Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize for her sketch of a canoe tree that was carved by her own great-grandmother.

Fiona has three children. She is a member of the Broken Hill Aboriginal Justice Group and works as a tour guide, informed by a detailed knowledge of the Aboriginal art found in and around the Broken Hill region and created by members of up to seven different tribes in far western New South Wales.

Sources used to compile this entry: Interview with Fiona Bates, 6 February 2009; Lemon, Barbara; Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project).

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Archival resources

Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project)

  • Interview with Fiona Bates, 6 February 2009; Lemon, Barbara; Private Hands (contact Australian Women's Archive Project). Details

Digital resources

Title
Fiona Bates
Type
Image
Date
2009
Creator
Lemon, Barbara

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Title
Muriel Riley and Fiona Bates
Type
Image
Date
February 2009
Creator
Lemon, Barbara

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Title
Extracts of Interview with Fiona Bates
Type
Interview
Date
6 February 2009

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Barbara Lemon

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