CV - Deborah Ralph-Kafarela
Born 1968, North Shore, NSW, Australia
Curtin University, Double Major Fine Art and Design Degree 2014/2015
Polytechnic West, Advanced Diploma of Applied Environmental Art 2013
Polytechnic West, Diploma of Applied Environmental Arts, 2012
Polytechnic West, Cert IV Applied Environmental Arts, 2011
Polytechnic West, Cert 111 Applied Environmental Arts, 2010
Tafe WA Swan, Cert 111 Children’s Services, 2008
Challenger Tafe, Cert 111 Horticulture Practice (Amenity), 2006- 2007
Claremont School of Art, 1986-87
2021 Shelter WA Artist in Residence, Street to Street Art Project, East Perth, WA.
2020 Mandorla Art Award, Finalist, Due to COVID19 Exhibition will be 2021, WA.
2019 Darlington Arts Festival, Darlington Open Art Awards, Darlington, WA.
2019 Kalgoorlie/Boulder Gallery, Kalgoorlie/Boulder Art Prize Finalist, Kalgoorlie, WA.
2019 Midland Junction Arts Centre, Multa Plenty Art Project, Project Manage, Artist in Focus
Residency/Exhibition, Midland, WA
2018 Juniper Gallery, Mainly Miniatures, Group Exhibition, Darlington, WA
2018 Artsource Annual Exhibition, Galvanize, Group Exhibition, Old Customs House, Fremantle, WA
2018 Reserve Art Prize, Darlington Arts Festival, Darlington, WA
2018 Juniper Gallery, The Annual Collection, Group Exhibition, Darlington, WA
2018 Busselton Courthouse Gallery, Invited Consignment Exhibition, Busselton, WA
2018 Juniper Studio, Contour, Group Exhibition, Darlington, WA
2018 Juniper Studio, I am Deborah Ralph, SOLO Exhibition, Darlington, WA
2017 Bassendean Visual Art Awards, Petitioning, Sculpture, Group Exhibition, Bassendean, WA
2017 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Award, Flourish, Sculptural Installation, Professional Finalist, Ravenswood Girls School, Gordon, NSW
2016 Darlington Arts Festival, Community, Open Arts, Darlington, WA
2016 Mezzanine Gallery, Lines of Communication, SOLO, Darlington, WA
2015 SODA, Grad Show 2015, Group Exhibition, Curtin University, WA
2015 The Cool Room, Hooked Group Exhibition, East Victoria Park, WA
2015 Buratti Fine Arts, First Look Exhibition, Invited Artist, Group Exhibition, Subiaco, WA
2015 All Saints College, Visual Art Staff Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Bullcreek, WA
2014 Mezzanine Gallery, Invited Artist, Group Exhibition, Darlington, WA
2014 Darlington Arts Festival, Invited Artist, Retrospective Group Exhibition, Darlington, WA
2014 Melville Art Awards, Booragoon, WA
2013 Victoria Park Christmas Festival, Public Art Collaborative Ephemeral Sculptures, Commissioned, WA
2013 Polytechnic West Graduation Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Midland Junction Gallery, WA
2013 Gidgegannup Show, Gidgegannup WA
2013 Shire of Mundaring Open Art Acquisition, Invited Artist, Group Exhibition, Mundaring WA
2012 Darlington Arts Festival, Open Arts, Darlington WA
2012 Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Sculpture Installation, Middle Swan WA
2012 Junction Gallery, Liminalia, Group Exhibition, Midland WA
2012 Gidgegannup Show, Gidgegannup WA
2011 Ellenbrook Arts Fire Festival, Collaborative Ephemeral Public Art, The Grape Vine, Community Arts Centre, Ellenbrook. WA
2010 Ellenbrook Arts Fire Festival, Collaborative Ephemeral Public Art, The Grape Vine, Community Arts Centre, Ellenbrook. WA
Awards and Prizes
2017 Town of Bassendean Open Art Award (Acquisitive), Bassendean Visual Art Awards
2012 Highly Commended (Judges Mention), Sculpture, Furniture and Ceramics, Darlington Arts Festival
2012 Highly Commended, Printmaking and Drawing, Darlington Arts Festival
2012 First Prize, Metal Work-Sculpture, Gidgegannup Agricultural Society Annual Show
2012 Second Prize, Woodwork Sculpture, Gidgegannup Agricultural Society Annual Show
2012 Second Prize, Seascape, Gidgegannup Agricultural Society Annual Show
2012 Second Prize, Ceramic, Gidgegannup Agricultural Society Annual Show
2012 Third Prize, Mixed Media, Gidgegannup Agricultural Society Annual Show
Publications and References
2021 Shelter WA, Website, Artist in Residence News Story
2019 Midland Junction Arts Centre, Exhibition Program 2019
2019 The Weekend West, 22 & 29 June and 6, 13, 20, 27 July and 3 August.
2019 WA Alliance to End Homelessness, Website, Link to Shelter WA Homelessness Week Events.
2019 Shelter WA, Nation Builder, Homelessness Week Events, Multa Plenty Exhibition and Installation, Monday 5th August 2019.
2019 City of Swan, Media News Homelessness, 25 July 2019.
2019 Art in Perth, Website. 2019.
2019 Art Guide Australia, https://artguide.com.au/exhibition/multa-plenty 2019.
2019 Eastern Reporter, 24 June, Homeless Focus in Multa Plenty Exhibition, Front Page and Online.
2019 Darlington Review Magazine, July Edition, Midland Junction Arts Centre, Multa Plenty, Pg 39.
2018 The Weekend West, July 14, Contours shape WA aspects, Page 89.
2018 Hills Gazzette, July 13, Local Artists go on Show in Gallery, Page 3.
2018 The Post, May, Identity and all that jazz, Page
2018 Hills Gazette, Friday April 20, Art and All That Jazz, Page 22
2018 Darlington Review Magazine, April Edition, New Work at Juniper Studio, Page 8.
2017 Bassendean Visual Art Award Catalogue
2017 Town of Bassendean Website/Facebook News
2017 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize Catalogue, Page 38
2017 Ravenswood Art Prize@rawartprize-Instragram photos and videos. (link)
2016 Darlington Arts Festival, General Exhibition, Catalogue
2016 Darlington Review Magazine, September, Mezzanine Gallery. Solo write up.
2015 Curtin Degree and Honours Exhibition, Curtin Art Degree – 2015 Show Catalogue
2015 Buratti Fine Art, ‘First Look’ Catalogue
2015 Gallery Watch, Interview for First Look, Buratti Fine Art, WTV Chanel 44
2015 All Saints College, ‘Past and Present’ Catalogue 2014 Darlington Arts Festival Catalogue
2014 Melville Art Awards Catalogue, 2014
2013 ‘Interface’ Graduation Catalogue
2012 Gomboc Gallery 29th Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Page 13, “One Resolve” Image
2012 Darlington Arts Festival Catalogue, Open Art Category 22 and 71
2012 Echo Newspaper, 10th November 2012, page 21, Darlington Arts Festival Awards Winners
2012 Liminalia Catalogue
2012 Wundowie Iron Festival Catalogue, Category 1, Iron Sculpture
Works held in Private Collections in Western Australia and Town Of Bassendean.
Relevant Volunteering, Employment and Experience
1987-1988 Ceramic Technician, Joan Campbell Gallery, Fremantle, WA
1998-2019 Thirty years’ experience volunteering with non-for-profit organizations teaching children both
primary and secondary and adults
2008-Now Voluntary Coordinator Emergency Food Relief and Secretary, The Rainbow
Group- Mundaring area - elderly, single parents, unemployed, COVID-19 support and
homelessness outreach partnering with Midland Meals.
2014-2016 Junior School Art Technician, All Saints College, Bullcreek, WA
2017-2019 Voluntary Manager Frontline Services, StreetFriends non-for-profit - volunteering feeding, clothing and supporting the homeless, rough sleepers, disabled and elderly and more.
2018-Now Voluntary Regional Communications Community Relations WA, Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints- Coordinating Council, Key Stake Holder Relations, Coordinating
Volunteer Groups for Community Projects.
2018-2019 Teaching Visual Art Workshops, Junior Primary Schools, WA.
2018-2019 StreetFriends non-for-profit volunteering feeding, clothing and supporting the homeless, rough sleepers, disabled and elderly.
2019 Voluntary Day Manager, DreamBuilders Care- volunteering supporting those who are homeless and the low socio economic with food and clothing in the Midland Community. Managing the
donations, compliance, signing in volunteers, answering phones and more.
2019-Now Lived Experience Consultant, Shelter WA, H.O.M.E Group, Co-Designing Lived Experience
2021 ABS Census 2021 Local Engagement Officer -Homelessness Enumeration- Key Stake Holder
Engagement through City of Swan and Services, Managed Eight Specialised Census Field
Officers, Administration, Planning.
2021-Now Shelter WA Artist in Residence- Street to Street Art Project Phase One. Art Workshops
at Tranby, RUAH and St Pats, Research into art collective for Phase two Refurbish Permanent
Housing through the Arts for Street Present Homeless.