Kevin ‘Sooty’ Welsh moved back to his hometown of Coonamble after moving around, mostly in Sydney. As part of the Stolen Generation, his recent eight years in Coonamble are the longest time he has ever spent on the land of his ancestors. Now he has truly reconnected with Country, after been taken away.
Sooty is a ceramic artist, who makes hand crafted pots and pieces, richly glazed, and marked with unique markings. These are the markings that are closely linked to the Wailwan people and have been found carved on the trees and into the land in the region. It’s important to him to maintain his creativity, for his story, for his understanding, and for his health.
2019 Outback Archies Art Prize
2019 SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Markets, Carriageworks
2020 ‘Linear Nation’ exhibition at Koskela
2020 ‘Scarred’ solo exhibition, Outback Arts Gallery
2020 SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Markets Online, Carriageworks
2021 ‘Unsettled’ exhibition by the Australian Museum
2021 SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Markets Online, Carriageworks
2021 ‘Mosses to Marshes’ exhibition as Cultural Advisor and Elder Consultation
Residencies: Jam Factory, Adelaide 2017.
Stockists: Boomalli, Outback Arts Gallery Coonamble, Koskela, Australian Museum.