Anthony Cora – Artist Bio
Tribe: Minjungbal/Bundjalung (Tweed Heads, NSW)
Dunghutti (Kempsey/Bellbrook, NSW)
I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Tweed Heads. I come from a large family; I
am 1 of 13 children. I also have 2 children, a 3-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
I only recently began painting around mid-year 2020. For me, my extended family have
always had a fairly strong connection to our Aboriginal heritage. I grew watching older
siblings and cousins practice traditional song and dance, and also connected to culture
through artwork. In 2011, I began traditional dancing with the Jaran Aboriginal Dancers.
Since then, I have been a part of many different dance groups including the Yugambeh
Aboriginal Dancers, Kids Caring for Country and Bundjalung Kunjeil Aboriginal
Dancers. Through being a part of these groups, it has taught me a lot about my culture
from songs, stories, lore’s and protocols. For me it was almost a natural progression to
express myself through traditional artwork. During the pandemic in 2020, I was stood
down from my employment, I took that as the perfect opportunity to pick up the
paintbrush and stay connected to culture in that way. Since then I have sold a number of
my artworks and also gifted a lot to many people who I connect with, many strangers
that I have taken on tour at Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. I paint mostly with
Acrylic on canvas but I have also experimented with natural pigment such as clay (ochre)
and natural dyes.
Through my artwork I hope to bring cultures together and bring a greater
understanding about our Aboriginal culture and people, I want all people to feel a sense
of connection to this land and the stories, as I do..