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Aroha Groves is an installation artist who has worked in a number of mediums, including ceramics, found objects, natural materials and digital. Her most recent works include Guliman (Gamilaraay language for 'coolaman' – cultural objects traditionally used for carrying children and gathered food), oversized hand built and painted guliman symbolising nurture, the need for a good place to sleep, under umbrellas symbolising shelter. This work was a commentary on the closure of 150 communities in WA & SA, as well as referencing cultural parenting, shown as part of the public art festival 'Micro Galleries' in Nowra, May 2015. Other recent works include Right Between the Eyes, an installation work made of hook & loop ('velcro') on boards which was a commentary on the $534M slashed from Aboriginal services in the Abbott government's first budget in 2014, shown in a solo show at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in August/September 2014. Parad-Ice was a projection work on printed glass which commented on the prevalence of the drug ice on the south coast of NSW, shown also in her solo show at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in August/September 2014.

Highlights of Aroha's career include receiving a Highly Commended for her digital installation work Connections2 at the 2010 Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award at the Museum and Gallery of NT; being invited to show her virtual artwork Meandering with the Australian Centre of Virtual Art at the International Symposium of Electronic Art in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011; and her first solo show Seed in 2005 at the Liverpool Regional Museum, an installation of ceramics, leaf, sand and ochre.

Aroha has also worked extensively in art facilitation and project design utilising community cultural development (CCD) principles. Projects include initiating and securing very substantial funding for the Made on the Kitchen Table project for Aboriginal women in south western Sydney with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The Oolong House Art Project, culminated in simple projected animations on sculptural objects in a pop-up setting in the Nowra CBD, all created by men in recovery at the Oolong House Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, Nowra in 2012.

She also builds websites, including her own and more recently for NSW's only Aboriginal theatre company, Moogahlin Performing Arts, based at Carriageworks in Redfern. She has also been on the Moogahlin Performing Arts Board since March 2014, advising on digital strategies. Aroha has also had writings published including for Arts Monthly magazine.

Aroha is also known for her graphic work, including the design of Gadigal Radio's Yabun Festival 2014 posters; conceptualising and designing the brief for SONA Superstudio, an annual national architectural student competition as part of the first Aboriginal creative directing team with Aboriginal architects Jefa Greenaway, Dillon Kombumerri & Rueben Berg in 2013.

Aroha is a long standing member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative and a full member of the National Association of Visual Arts.

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If you are particularly interested in my work, check out my Curriculum Vitae. Taking a look around this site can give you more insight than anything i could write here!

Art has always been in my life and i have always created, because the arts are just another aspect of living a whole life. Over the years, I have used many different mediums to express myself, my ideas, and this site is showing what i have recently been working on. Check out my videos !

Digital and virtual/post convergent arts involves exciting mediums, allowing for a more intense sensory experience for the user. You can read my blog for further thoughts on this.

 

NAVA

I am also a full member of NAVA, the National Association for the Visual Arts.

 

In 2014 I completed a Training and Assessment certificate (TAE40110) at Bomaderry campus of Illawarra TAFE to enable me to teach in registered training organisations.

 

I have included some links to FREE resources here.