ANNA DOWLING At age 21, Anna Dowling was the recipient of the 2014 Don Dunstan Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize.

She is a descendant of the Badimia people of the Yamatji region in Western Australia and feels strongly about creating art that reflects the beauty, diversity and incredible value of Aboriginal culture.  Anna seeks to further her artistic skills and knowledge by learning from artists and community leaders. She hopes to continue to create art that is significant because it respects, preserves and promotes Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives in the community.   

Anna was also a finalist in the 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art awards. She has followed her passion for art by undertaking a Bachelor Degree in Visual Art and Design while also working as a Research Assistant in the Aboriginal Health unit at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).  

Anna uses patterns and shapes to expresses movement, feelings and memories.  The artwork is highly detailed and it takes many hours to complete.  Traditionally, Aboriginal art involved patience and was a meditative and spiritual process. Anna feels very connected to her culture when creating art.