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© 2010 Muriel Riley

Muriel Riley is a Barkanji woman and a member of the stolen generation. She was born in Wilcannia in 1952 and grew up for there a while, but was sent to Broken Hill, then to Adelaide and finally to Sydney.
At the age of 18, Muriel was turned out and hitch-hiked home to Wilcannia from Sydney. She always carried an old photograph of the Wilcannia Bridge over the Darling River and she used this to seek directions on the journey home.
In 2006, she took up painting seriously and enrolled in the Broken Hill TAFE, Arts and Media course. In 2009, she won the open section of the Far West Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize held at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

One of her main areas of practice are landscape paintings, focusing on places of historical and cultural significance to her life. She works in acrylic paint and charcoal and also produces portraits of local Aboriginal family and friends. Her work is held in many private collections including a didjeridu which now resides in France.

Desert Sands
Juan Carlos de la Calle Velez

National Indigenous Land and Sea Management Conference
Leading Sustainable Traditions
2 to 5 November 2010, Broken Hill