Grace Rosendale was born in Woorabinda after her family was interned there during the World War 2. Grace is a senior elder of the Binthi Warra clan.
As one of the last fluent language speakers of Guugu Yimithirr, Grace takes her artwork very seriously to ensure inter-generational sharing takes place between community Elders and Youth.
Grace’s totems are the Gaalaya (Centipede) from her father’s side and the Ngurraarr (Black Cockatoo) & Burriwi (Emu) from her mother’s side.
Grace belongs to the Gamba Gamba group (senior women) at the art centre. Artworks by the Gamba draw on traditional Guugu Yimmithirr Warra culture and contemporary and mission time histories. The women hold deep cultural knowledge of family kinship systems, sacred sites, esoteric characters and totems and are passionate about recording language and traditional stories to preserve and hand down to the younger generations.
Grace completed her Diploma in Visual Arts through TAFE, Cairns.