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CV - Deborah Ralph-Kafarela

Born 1968, North Shore, NSW, Australia

Currently Perth-based


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,  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 

                               Engagement Policies. 

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.


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