The Artist-in-Residence

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello

Meet Jenni Kemarre Martiniello–award-winning visual artist and writer of Aboriginal (Arrernte), Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent. Her list of accolades is impressively long, but it’s her ardent support and enthusiasm to help develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, that is truly inspiring.

How did she get to where she is today? By following her passion: “What excites and energises you, nourishes you”, she says. “And here in Canberra, it was easy to find like-minded people, groups and organisations to help me develop my skills as a writer, poet and visual artist. It’s peaceful, not filled with noise and frantic chaos like most capital cities, so it’s easy to find that quiet creative mind and body space that you need to think and be.

“I wake up every day to magpie songs, go to bed with stars in night skies so clear, you feel you can touch them. And anything I need is close at hand, including the Canberra Glassworks, arts organisations, galleries, the theatre, museums… it’s fertile soil for creative minds.”

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