Rosslyn Richards has been named Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist of the Year.

The Centacare family practitioner is an accomplished artist and is well-known for her beautiful mosaics in the Murraylands.

Over the past year, Ros has contributed to the creation of local art works at Tinyeri Children’s Centre, Murray Bridge Community Library, and Murray Bridge South School, and entered several pieces in the Tailem Bend SALA Art Exhibition.

Recently, Ros dot painted a pelican – the totem of many Ngarrindjeri people – for the Centacare Expo.

Staff and guests completed the work by adding circles to depict watering holes and meeting places around the pelican.

“He’s our protector; he’s always flying around watching over us,” she says.

With Natasha Sumner, Ros uses art to teach children about her culture through our Po:lar Ka:ngkun Tainkuwalun Journey To Learning program.

Ros received the award as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations on Monday, which included the annual bridge walk and community event at Murray Bridge Council.

Congratulations on your NAIDOC Week award, Ros. We are super proud of you!

Read more about the awards HERE.