Debra Beale



My name is Debra Beale and I am a Sydney-based Artist and designer. I come from the Palawa/Yorta Yorta and Gamilaraay/Wonnarua Nation. I was born in Surry Hills, Sydney and have been practising art for over 25 years.


In 2009 I was a finalist in the NSW Indigenous Parliament Art Awards and in 2006-2007 my work was chosen for the Sydney Christmas light show. My work was also chosen for the christening of the P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn in 2007.


I am currently studying a Bachelor of fine art with honours at the University of New South Wales and currently receiving a scholarship.


The mediums I work with consist of Acrylics on Canvas, Printmaking, Ceramics, Textiles and Fashion, Photography, Prints and Graphic Art.


My artwork tells a narrative of my Aboriginal cultural practices, focusing on cultural heritage, family and community. It is a combination of Secret Womens Business, with a process of acknowledging the past and moving forward to the future. A healing journey celebrating with song & dance and laughter.