Katrina Tjitayi Australian, Pitjantjatjara, b. 1962

Katrina was born and went to school in Ernabella. Her mother was one of the first Ananguteachers at Ernabella Anangu School in the 1940s. On leaving school Katrina studied at UniSA through the AnTEP program, obtaining a Bachelor of Education. She has worked inAnangu education for more than 20 years including as the Anangu School Improvement Coordinator. She first began painting at the art centre in late 2016, working initially in painting and then tryingher hand at ceramic art too. Her work has been exhibited around Australia and overseas, including Sydney, Alice Springs, Darwin, Broome, Mittagong and Brussels, Belgium.Katrina is a mother to two children and a strong advocate for children’s rights. She is a published author including as co-presenter and writer of 'Red Dirt Curriculum: Re-imagining Remote Education', presented as part of the Sidney Myer Rural Lecture series in 2013.In 2018 she won the 2018 Aunty Josie Agius Award for her work as the Wellbeing Coordinator, her current position at Ernabella Anangu School