NAIDOC Artist in Residence: Sharyn Egan

June 2024

Sharyn Egan is a painter, weaver, and sculptor. As a member of the Stolen Generation, much of her artwork is a commentary on her life as a Nyoongar woman and the associated trauma, emotions and deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people. Egan was removed from her family at age three and placed in New Norcia Mission until the age of 13. She was never reunited with her parents.

Egan re-entered education at the age of 37 when she enrolled to study for a Diploma in Visual Arts at Claremont Art School.  Egan then gained an associate degree in Contemporary Aboriginal Art, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Curtin University. Since then, she has gone on to achieve a post graduate qualification in Cultural Tourism and Training and Assessment.

Her woven works include traditionally styled contemporary forms and baskets as well as sculptural forms often based on flora and fauna that has totemic significance for the Nyoongar people. She works predominately in oils, ochres, resins and traditional and contemporary fibres.

Based in Fremantle, Egan’s works are held in the collections of the National Museum of Australia and the Berndit Museum of Anthropology, as well as numerous private collections around Australia. She has been awarded prominent public art commissions including Perth Stadium, Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square.

The College is delighted to host Sharyn as our artist-in-residence in 2024.