Gladys Elphick Awards 2015

Gladys Elphick Awards 2015



WINNER – Narisha Cash

Narisha Cash is a descendant of the Jingili and Mudburra people and is a self taught aerosol artist who works closely with youth and has been active in the community for over 10 years using visual art as a tool to connect young people back to culture. She is driven to teach others the positive side to aerosol art/street art and the ability to create public art works which is inclusive of others in the community. She considers aerosol art a contemporary medium which young people connect to. By engaging Elders and young people to work on projects together, her aim is to generate more Indigenous public art with the use of contemporary mediums whilst maintaining the traditional aspects of Aboriginal art such a story telling and symbolism.

Currently her main role is at Tandanya, as the Community Arts and Youth Engagement Officer. Narisha is passionate about arts and culture and the impact of art on youth at risk and young people needing guidance. She has created many projects under Tandanya and continues to develop opportunities for youth to express themselves and to lay a foundation for emerging artists.

Prior to working with Tandanya for the last 3 years, Narisha was mentored by Lee-Ann Buckskin at Carclew Youth Arts through the Indigenous Arts and Culture Program, a valuable mentorship that has played a major part in Narisha’s development professionally and personally. Between both roles she has always maintained her profession as a freelance artist and facilitator of workshops.

Throughout her career, Narisha has also become an events coordinator for Indigenous events such as Blak Nite, Survival Day and Spirit Festival. Her vision is to bring community together whether it is through small arts projects or major events; the inspiration to maintain and keep culture alive and empower the next generation of young people with skills, creativity and knowledge to continue Indigenous arts to expand, grow and evolve. Providing a platform through events to showcase all art forms such as music, dance and visual arts is important to all in community. It is through opportunities such as events, workshops and community engagement, etc. that Narisha has been able to pursue an artistic career and through culture has found her place in the world.

Listen to Narisha’s Radio Adelaide Interview on 3rd August 2015.




Tennant Creek Skate Park (June 22 – 26th)
(Funded by Barkly Regional Council and Territory Insurance Office)
Working with both Indigenous and non indigenous local kids and teens on the newly erected skate park, the skate park was revamped with aerosol art in contemporary images with reference to the local Wiramungu people.

Reconciliation mural at Taoundi College (May 28th 2015/2014/2013)

(Rec in the West) Each year Narisha paints a mural for Taoundi College in the theme of Reconciliation

Painting Reconciliation themed BBQ trailer for Life Without Barriers (May 2015)

Wiltja Residential workshops (March 2015)
Working with the male students who identified a need to create art works for their residence, these works were created using mixed mediums and designed by students, helping to create an environment that was culturally safe and provided a sense of belonging for the residents.

Gawler Aboriginal Health (February 2015)
Facilitator/Aerosol artist working in conjunction with emerging artist, Derik Lynch to run 3 x workshops with youth and Elders to produce art works fusing traditional and contemporary styles for the Rec Centre and Gawler Aboriginal Health

Survival Day 2015 and 2014 (January 26th 2015)
The second Survival Day event, to be coordinated by Narisha in partnership with Kura Yerlo was the most successful Survival Day event to be held with record numbers of audience numbers. A day filled with music, dance, food, art, stallholders etc. Survival Day is growing into one of the biggest community events in SA due to Narisha’s commitment to ensure all aspects of community are given a platform and an opportunity to be part of the event has been a major factor to its success.

Woodville Shine Workshops (November 2014)
A one day workshop for young indigenous men at risk, Narisha facilitated the workshop with Derik Lynch with the aim to create panels using contemporary mediums with traditional imagery. This one day workshop was a taster for youth involved with the Shine mental health program.

UNISA and Indigenous Student Support Services (October 2014)
Narisha facilitated this small project working with UniSA Students who recognised a need for art work to identify the Indigenous Student support services. The students created a design and helped to create 2 major pieces of work which symbolise themes such as the students, education and reconciliation. It is now hung by the ISSU in the Uni and helps to identify their room. The following link is to a short documentary about the project –

Hallett Cove Skate Park (October 2014)
This workshop was open to wider community to engage youth at risk to create art works on the Hallett Cove Skate Park. Facilitated by Narisha, who managed the design process to the delivery of mural.

Our Mob Mural (August 2014)
The painting of the Festival Centre car park for the Our Mob Exhibition is a major opportunity to showcase indigenous art on a large and public scale and is a great opportunity for young and emerging artists. 4 young participants were involved in the weeklong painting job with involvement from Festival Centre and Tandanya.

NAIDOC Adelaide Museum Workshops (July 2014)
Workshops open to the public for children to have a cultural experience and facilitating a workshop which promotes urban contemporary Aboriginal Art, challenging the perception of what Aboriginal art is.

Warraparinga Bridge and Marion Council mural (June 2014)
Facilitated by Narisha to work with Aboriginal youth from the southern area, to create a mural for the Warraparinga Bridge with indigenous concepts that relate to the site. Marion Council created this project in an effort to stop vandalism and incorporate indigenous public art into the area.

Port Adelaide Whitelion Workshops (June 2014)
The last project in a series of 3 delivered, Narisha has worked for over a year closely with Whitelion participants to deliver public art. This project engaged both Whitelion participants and Taoundi students, working with lead artists Narisha and Christopher Crebbin and Cultural Guide Margaret Brodie. The group was given a cultural tour of the Port area which created the basis of their work both large scale panels for placement on Country Arts SA building and smaller canvases which were shown in Our Young Mob exhibition. The outcomes were extensive and made a positive impact on the community.

Reconciliation Week – Juvenile Justice Centre (May 2014)
During Reconciliation Week, Narisha and Shane Cook attended both Juvenile Justice Centres to facilitate workshops to incarcerated youth – most being mainly indigenous. The workshops had inmates customising baseball caps and creating designs that were culturally significant. Narisha also coordinated the week by providing a cultural performance and music performance for all

Side By Side – Life Without Barriers (May 2014)
A mentorship arrangement to work with an indigenous young person at risk, to create WORKS for an exhibition. Working one on one, this was a great outcome and the mentorship has lead onto current support and professional guidance.

Woodville Whitelion Workshops (March/April 2014)
The second project between Tandanya and Whitelion, this was a smaller project held at Woodville Youth Centre and facilitated by Narisha. The group created panels for the Whitelion space with all panels reflecting symbols and words of cultural significance.

Summer school holiday workshops (January 2014)
Thanks to Adelaide City Council funding, Tandanya has provided a series of cultural workshops during school holidays. This particular summer holiday period, Narisha facilitated workshops engaging mainly indigenous participants who enjoyed learning skills and ideas with aerosol art.

Adelaide Whitelion Workshops (December/January 2013/14
This was the first of 3 projects with Whitelion, which through Unity Housing provided one of the most prolific spaces to create a mural reflective of a Ngarrindjeri story. The Whitelion participants worked with Aunty Steph Gollan – the Elder who would provide stories which participants would then recreate through aerosol art. Narisha then provided the skills required to carry out such a major project.

Move It Mobstyle (December 2013)
During the Whitelion/Tandanya workshops, Deadly Vibe approached Tandanya to capture any projects that were being delivered. The Whitelion/Tandanya project was captured and documented the experience in a positive way. Unfortunately the final part of the mural was not captured. The Move it Mobstyle episode can be seen on Series 4 episode 10.

Survival Day (January 2014)
The first Survival Day event that was coordinated and managed by Narisha was a complete success. From a new partnership, site and over all change up to previous Survival Day events, this proved to be a positive change with all performers and audience agreeing that it was one of the best community events.

Second Story Christies Beach (October 2013)
Working with indigenous students of Christies Beach High School, this 2-day workshop connected aboriginal students (Flo students) to art and culture, through the use of contemporary medium they translated traditional imagery into highly polished panels to be placed in the school for the indigenous student support services.


Regional and Community Tours

  • Yalata Community with Carclew Youth Arts – Regional Tour delivering workshops including aerosol art, photography, film and music
  • Port Lincoln High School –Working with Aboriginal students to create mural for their study room and other identified areas in school
  • Port Pirie with Carclew Youth Arts – Engaging and facilitating workshops with young carers who are in need of respite through art therapy.
  • Renmark – Workshops for youth to learn skills which they applied to the Renmark skate park. Narisha has done several trips to run workshops with Riverland Youth Theatre
  • Murray Bridge – A one day workshop aimed at youth in care, this was a taster for participants to play and have fun with a new medium.
  • Ceduna with Stride – Painting murals with local community including high school students and other artists such as Beaver Lennon and Josephine Lennon and students from the Youth Hub on airport mural and Koonibba Football Club and Ceduna Youth Hub. Some very good outcomes with families and community.
  • Tennant Creek – Narisha will be going up for her third trip to this community where she has worked with high school students, clients in drug and alcohol rehab, local Elders, primary school students where they embraced aerosol art in the community. This trip will be with Tennant Creek Council to paint Skate Park with local youth.
  • APY Lands – In her role at Carclew, Narisha went on tour to communities such as Amata, Umuwa, Mimili and Iwantja with the Indigenous Arts and Culture program to document and assist with traditional dancers and desert Bands for Blak Nite and Dreaming Festival.

 How has the nominee been a positive role model for Aboriginal women in South Australia?

Narisha Cash has been fervent about art as a tool for health and well being and the positive effect it has on oneself. Aerosol art is very much a male dominated art form despite being contemporary and one of the largest art movements in history. With over 10 years experience working with young people, Narisha actively encourages particularly young women to pursue their dreams and passions despite the challenges. Her experiences and career have shown Narisha to be a positive role model for young women especially as she works hard to break down stereotypes and what society wants as opposed to what women can achieve.

From growing up with many issues including homelessness and struggling with depression from early on, Narisha found her escapism through painting on the streets which gave her a connection to her surroundings. Turning her struggles into strength, Narisha began to forge a path in visual art and eventually through council workshops as a participant was given an opportunity to teach aerosol art. This began a journey which she is till passionate about today. One of the biggest factors which helped to shape her journey was the encouragement and support from other women. The experiences gained from working in Carclew Youth Arts and Tandanya have given her life skills and growth personally and professionally, showing other young women that you can make your path despite fears and hurdles.

The mentorship and inspiration from other women who believed in what she was doing has become an important and major factor in her teachings to others. By sharing her story and offering support and understanding to others, Narisha has connected to many young women especially those who have been classified as being “at risk”. Relating to their own experiences, she is able to understand where they are coming from and how to turn negatives into positives. Aerosol art/ Street art appeals to young people and by encouraging students to connect with their own cultural experiences and knowledge with proper use of the spray can, is turning the art form into more of a legitimate and accepted art form. The many connections to young women Narisha has made in community through artistic endeavours, events, projects, workshops etc. is a testament to her work that she continues to do and to share. Each one, teach one and lead by example.