Ada Bird Petyarre was born c.1935 on old Utopia Station, Atnangkere country.
Ada became very well known for her batiks painted on silk. The batik program at Utopia started in 1997. Ada along with a group of other artists were introduced to painting in acrylics in CAAMA's Summer Project in 1988. Two years later, in 1990, Ada had her first solo exhibition at Utopia Art in Sydney.
Ada Bird Petyarre painted Dreamtime stories from the Atnangkere country, which she shared with her sisters: Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre and Violet Petyarre.
1935 - 2009
Alternative Spelling: Pitjara
Born: c. 1930
Active: late 1970
region: Central Desert
Community: Mulga Bore, Utopia;
Art centre: Utopia Art and Craft; Jukurrpa Artists
Social Affiliation: Petyarre subsection
Medium: Batik on silk, batik on cotton, acrylic on canvas.
- 2008 - More than stories, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney.
- 2005 - Decouvrir, Rever, Investir, Australian Embassy, Paris, France.
- 2004 - Binocular: looking closely at Country, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Reves de Femmes, Galerie DAD, Mantes-la-Jolie, France.
- 2001 - 2002 - Land of Diversity, The Northern Territory, at Hogarth Galleries, Paddington.
- 1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.; 1994, Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
- 1993, Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs; 1993, The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; 1993, Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA; 1993, After The Field, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney; 1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark.
- 1992/3, New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia, touring USA and Australia.
- 1991, Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia; 1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; 1991, The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
- 1990, 'Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.; 1990, A Portfolio of Australian Women Artists, Macquarie Gallery, Sydney.; 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, United States of America; 1990, Utopia Artists, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne.
- 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney; 1989, Utopia Batik, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs; 1989, Utopia, Utopia Art, Sydney.; 1989, Utopia Women, Coventry Gallery, Sydney.
- 1988, Time Before Time, Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA.; 1988, Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utopia Art, Sydney.
- 1977-1987, Exhibited with the Utopia women at exhibitions in Australia and overseas.
- Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
- The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
- The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
- University of Queensland, Anthropology Museum, St Lucia.