• Rooth
  • About this artist
  • Curriculum Vitae


Rooth was born in 1951 on the North Coast of NSW, Australia. Rooth is a Contemporary Aboriginal artist from the Wiradjuri people. She loves to tell her stories of life in Alice Springs, in the central desert of the Northern Territory and now on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Rooth is like many contemporary aboriginal people who as a result of the Stolen Generation had problems finding all of her family.  It wasn’t until 2006 when she was able to find out that she was in fact part of the Kennedy clan from the Warangesda Aboriginal Mission. She found her uncle, Roy Kennedy and her cousin Evonne Goolagong. Her story is in the publication of the 10th Anniversary of the “Bringing Them Home” report.

Rooth’s art wear, sculptures and paintings are held in both private and public collections. Her work is owned by Elton John, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Pamela Stevenson and Brett Whiteley.  Rooth’s Artknits have featured on TV programs like “A Country Practice” and “Beyond 2000” and retailed in Neiman & Marcus and Nordstrums New York.

I love to depict stories of the places I have lived, events with all the colour and active people , dogs and their antics….   all in my quirky sense of humour.”



  • Exhibit ongoing at Holloway Gallery in Queensland



  • Represented by Holloway Gallery in Queensland


2008 -13

  • Exhibited in Alice Springs
  • Group exhibitions with Tangentyere Artist
  • People’s choice award for “Advocate Award”
  • Exhibition “Desert Mob”
  • Group Exhibition “Anwernekenhe Ayeye” at Japingka Gallery in Western Australia
  • Highly commended “Avocate Award” in 2010
  • Solo exhibition “Alice is so Quirky” in 2011
  • Commissioned to design poster for Beanie Festival
  • Group exhibition at the Leaping Lizards Gallery
  • 3rd prize in “Senior Territorian Portrait Award” in 2012
  • Solo exhibition “Rooth and the Cheeky dogs” at Nanshe Gallery in Newcastle 2013
  • Exhibition “All About Us” at Studio 48 in Newcastle in 2013


2005 -07

  • Group exhibitions on Thursday Island
  • Exhibitions at the Gab Titui Art & Cultural Gallery on Thursday Island
  • Torres Strait Award for artwork and logo for “Breastscreen Queensland Art Submission” for indigenous artist


2002 -04

  • Group exhibitions in Newcastle
  • Solo exhibition “Fantastica Erotica” at Studio 48


1996 – 2001

  • Exhibition “13th Aboriginal & Torres Strait Award” and work selected in top ten and featured in the exhibition booklet
  • Exhibitions of paintings and sculptures in the Northern Territory
  • People’s choice award for “senior Territorian Portrait
  • “Human Rights Award and Exhibition”
  • Exhibit at Palerston Festival
  • Exhibit at “Katherine Prize and Exhibition” in NT
  • Exhibit at Darwin Festival
  • Darwin Council acquisition of ‘Peoplescape’


1990 – 95

  • Numerous “Artknit” exhibitions in galleries around Australia and retail outlets
  • Fashion Expo in Munich, Germany



  • Exhibit “Artknit” at the Australian Consulate in Tokyo. The exhibiton then went to the Albert Museum in London



  • Exhibition “Artknit 88” at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney


1984 – 87

  • Numerous exhibits at David Jones, Blaxland Gallery, Kurrajong, Easter Show, Oxley Gallery and Dorian Scott Gallery in Sydney
  • Exhibition “Salute to Australia” in Dallas Texas, USA
  • Exihibit at “World Trade Expo” in the Australian pavilion in Brisbane



  • Exhibition “Contemporary Quilts” at Blaxland Gallery in Sydney
  • Exhibition “Artists in Wool” at Dorian Scott Gallery in Sydney


1981 – 83

  • Numerous exhibitions
  • Launched “Dreamtime Handknits” as a company



  • Numerous exhibitions showing Artknits, soft sculptures, quilts and paintings at venues in Sydney, Windsor, Melbourne, Kurrajong, Eltham and Adelaide



  • Studied at Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney
  • Exhibition “Under 26” at Macquarie Gallery, Sydney
  • Exhibition of Artknits in Darlinghurst, Sydney


1968 -71

  • Graduated with Diploma of Fine Art
  • Offered a Special Art Scholarship in Fine Arts at East Sydney Technical College (now known as National Art School, Sydney)
  • Exhibition of Artknits in Darlinghurst, Sydney