Beth  Inkamala Mbitjana

Beth Inkamala Mbitjana

Skin name:MbitjanaLanguage:Western ArrernteDate of birth:1977-07-12

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Biography

Beth Inkamala was born in Alice springs in 1977, and is the niece of prominent potter Clara Inkamala. Judith Inkamala is her nanny.

Beth grew up in Hermannsburg, where she recalls observing her aunties working with pottery in the 1990s. As an adult she moved to Papunya with her husband and child, where they remained for 9 years. During this time Beth worked at the local council in adminstration while painting at the art centre in Papunya.

In 2014 Beth started working at the Ntaria School as an assistant teacher. In this role she has taken an active part in facilitating the ‘pots that tell stories’ program, supporting the senior artists to mentor the children of Ntaria School.

In 2014 Beth starting making her-own work developing a distinctive style Since then Beth has dedicated more and more time to her pottery and now she is one of the more ambitious potters of the group. Beth is disciplined in her work, using hand coil technique and her distinctive contemporary approach to painting. Beth’s dedication to the potters, interest in her local community and the world around her is taking her from strength to strength.

In 2017 Beth was selected for the Finalists exhibition for 2017 NATSIAA Telstra Award. 

Finalist in the 2017 Desart Photography Prize.

Beth is currently employed as an arts worker at Hermannsburg potters, studying through Batchelor Institute in Alice Springs and is Chairperson of the Hermannsburg Potters Aboriginal corporation.

2017 Clay Stories, Sabbia Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia

2017 Time and Tide, Alcaston Gallery, Victoria. Australia

2017 Desert Mob, Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Australia.

2017 Irna :Trees, Alcaston Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales. Australia.

2017 TELSTRA FINALIST exhibition, Museum and Gallery of Northern Territory, Australia

2018 ‘Lurpa- Seasons’ Bett Gallery, Hobart Tasmania, Australia

2018 Desert Mob, Araluen Alice Springs , Northern Territory, Australia

2018 Tarnanthi, Adelaide, South Australia

2018 Ramaramaka ‘Generation Big Pot Project Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

2019 Pmere Nuka- Our Country’ Turner Galleries, Perth, Western Australia

2019  Hermnannsburg Potters, Bett Gallery, Hobart Tasmania, Australia

2019 Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2019 Vincent Lingari Finalst exhibition, Tangetygere Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

2019 Looking Back Moving Forward’ Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy, Australia

 Collections:

Art Gallery of New South Wales

ART FAIRS:

2017 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, Northern Territory

2017 Tarnanthi Festival and Art Fair, Adelaide, Australia

2018 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, Northern Territory

2018 Tarnanthi Aboriginal Art Fair, Adelaide, South Australia

2019 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darin, Northern Territory

2019 Tarnanthi Aboriginal Art Fair, Adelaide, South Australia