Katie West is an artist and Yindjibarndi woman based in Noongar Ballardong country, working in installation, textiles and social practice. The process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric underpin her practice –the rhythm of walking, gathering, bundling, boiling up water and infusing materials with plant matter. Using found and naturally dyed textiles, video, and sound, Katie creates installations, textile pieces, and happenings that invite attention to the many ways we weave our stories, places, histories, and futures.

Katie studied visual art at Edith Cowan University (2009) and Sociology at Murdoch University (2013). In 2017 Katie completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, graduating as the recipient of the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award and the Falls Creek Resort Indigenous Award.

Katie has presented solo exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville and West Space, Melbourne for Next Wave Festival 2016, and participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne and Shimmer, Rotterdam.

In 2022, Katie was a John Stringer Prize finalist and invited to be part of Primavera, the annual showcase of a select group of young Australian artists, held at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.


Instagram: @katiewularni

Image: Edwin Sitt


2017 Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2013 Bachelor of Art (Sociology), Murdoch University

2009 Bachelor of Art (Visual Art), Edith Cowan University

Academic Appointments

Current Sessional Academic, Open Universities Australia, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI) Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

2014-15 Sessional Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University

2012-13 Sessional Academic, School of Art and Design, Justice and Equity Through Access (JETA), Curtin University


Dominik Mersch Gallery Award, Victorian College of the Arts & Dominik Mersch Gallery, 2017

Falls Creek Resort Indigenous Art Award, Victorian College of the Arts & Falls Creek Resort, 2017

Kickstart, Next Wave Festival, 2015


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Central TAFE Art Collection, Perth, Australia

Print Council of Australia, Melbourne, Australia


Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara, 2022, FORM, Perth

Curatorial Feelings, Eloise Sweetman, 2021, Shimmer Press, Rotterdam

Solo Exhibitions


We hold you close, curated by Eloise Sweetman, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth WA


wilayi bangarrii, wanyaarri (go for a walk, listen), Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney NSW

Clearing, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville VIC


Warna (ground), Caves Gallery, Melbourne VIC

Muhlu Garwarrn / cool time hot time, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney NSW


Decolonist, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth WA

Decolonist, West Space, Next Wave Festival 2016, Melbourne VIC

Group Exhibitions


Tracks We Share: Contemporary Art of the Pilbara, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA

Notions of Care, Bus Projects with NETS Victoria, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill VIC


Temporal Artefacts, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla VIC

A Biography of Daphne, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne VIC

Notions of Care, Bus Projects, Melbourne VIC

Cry of the Land, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne VIC


Improvements & Reproductions, West Space, Melbourne VIC

Higher! Higher! Lower, Lower. Louder! Louder! Softer, Softer, Shimmer, Netherlands


Islands Become Mountains, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney NSW

Strangers and Those We Hold Dear, MADA Gallery, Melbourne VIC

Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney NSW

Zephyr, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne VIC

Healing Practices, Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne VIC


Australiyaniality, Holmes à Court Gallery @ no. 10, Perth WA

Dissident Assemblies, Kings Artist Run, Melbourne VIC

Standing Still; looking back, looking forward, curated by Jessica Clark, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne VIC

A thousand times the rolling sun, curated by Gabriel Curtin, HM Prison, Beechworth, VIC

Summer Residency: Museum Incognita, Blindside, Melbourne VIC


When the other meets the other, curated by Biljana Ciric, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia

Holding is next to knowing, Sister Gallery, Adelaide SA

Sky Country, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne VIC

Feedback Loop, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne VIC

The List, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne VIC


Gathering Three Frogs, PastPresent, Kadist, San Francisco USA

Roll on, Roll on, Phenomena (until you are no more), curated by Eloise Sweetman, Jan van Eyck Academy, The Netherlands

FlashBlaks to the Future, curated by Megan Cope, MCA ARTBAR - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW

50 Shades of Blak, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne VIC

Tell me what you have and I will know what you are, Dissect Journal, Melbourne VIC

Seeking Asylum in Country: Western Australian Landscapes, PS Art Space, Fremantle WA

Radical Ecologies, PICA, Perth WA

Miss-Represent, Incinerator Art Space, Sydney NSW

Stations of the Cross, Wesley Church, Perth WA


Revealed, Gallery Central, Perth WA


Familiar Unfamiliar: Print Council of Australia 45th Anniversary Exhibition, curated by Rona Green; Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC (2013), s.p.a.c.e Gallery, TAS (2012), Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW (2012), C3 Contemporary Art Space, VIC (2011)


Australia Does Not Exist, Kurb Gallery, Perth WA