Tarli Dean-Atkinson

Art Centre Asisstant
Tarli is a proud Yorta Yorta and Moiraban woman born and raised in Shepparton. Tarli also has Wiradjuri connections through her paternal grandmother and is a proud mother of two boys. Tarli is passionate about family, culture, art, history and stories, and from a young age her passion for knowledge was sparked by immersion in community and culture, watching her Mum and listening to Elders. Tarli has a beauty therapy background with a Diploma in Beauty Therapy and started working with Kaiela Arts in 2021 as an artist for the annual Turtle Muster. She went on to secure a role working front of house at Kaiela Arts while also completing a Creative Indigenous Residency at the Shepparton Art Museum. In 2023 Tarli facilitated Kaiela Arts’ Turtle Muster Community Day and commenced a new role as Art Centre Assistant, which sees her undertaking a wide range of activities including hosting exhibition openings, presenting gallery talks, helping out in the studio with artist and community programs and workshops, and curating the window display in the gallery. She really enjoys working at Kaiela Arts and finds her work fulfilling and is excited for her future in the art space.