Hello! My name is Saretta Fielding (née Smith), and I am delighted to have you join me on the Saretta Art & Design website. I would love to share with you a little about myself and my journey.
I am a Wonnarua woman of the Upper Hunter Valley through my grandmother and an Anaiwan women of the New England area through my grandfather.
The land of the Wonnarua in located in the Hunter Valley of NSW and stretches from the Liverpool ranges in the north to Wollombi in the south and east from Sandy Hollow and Merriwa, across to the western fringes of the Barrington tops.
I have lived in NSW all my life and have strong connections across country, holding strong family and community ties throughout the state. My connections link into Worimi, Awabakal and Darkinjung tribal groups, as I live and work closely across our communities over many years. I have also worked across the State and Nationally both in Aboriginal Not for Profits and with my artwork.
My love of culture, country and community are reflected within my work. My passion is to share our unique and invaluable culture through authentic, engaging and thought evoking fine artwork and visual design that welcomes all and enhances connection to spirit and country.
Building connections to create initiatives in the arts that contribute to closing the gap is a high value for me. I have been involved in reconciliation since it’s inception through Reconciliation Australia and see the ongoing benefit RAP brings as we share and gain understanding together.
My artworks are reflective in style to many traditional sand engravings found throughout Wonnarua country and the Hunter Region and are connected to country in style and design through the use of a sand based medium and engraving technique. The highly textured pieces embody the age-old sandstone engraved artworks created by our ancestors and add a unique dimension to the works.
In 2010 I officially launched my art business, in response to the commercial success of my artwork. This change of career was a very exciting move for me, as I have always loved painting, drawing and experimenting in a variety of art mediums, as art has long been a passion for me. I am especially drawn to the challenge of conveying to others, through art, how I am influenced by people, life experiences and natures beauty.
Alongside my passion for art and culture is a commitment to seeing the Aboriginal community advance towards economic and social inclusion, which has seen me work within my community from a young age. I believe that through unity, vision and planning, we can achieve a sustainable future that embraces reconciliation and is rich in economic opportunity. My journey has afforded me the opportunity to be a pioneering board member of Yarnteen, with appointment to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2009.
In 2016 Saretta Art & Design establishedMalang Indigenous Corporation, a not for profit organisation, bringing the skill and experience of the SAAD team together to champion social investment into our community. Combining both my love of art and working within my community.
- 2022 Finalist in National Capital Art Prize and the Newcastle Art Prize
- 2022 Commission artworks for BHP, Arnott’s, Bureau of Meteorology, Deloitte Australia
- 2022 Fashion featured in Façon Australia worn by Samantha Harris
- 2021 Launch of Walking on Country rug range with DecoRug available Australia wide
- 2021 NSW Local Women of the Year
- 2021 Commission for Murrurundi and Tomaree Hospital, Accenture and Transport for NSW
- Lake Mac Awards, Arts Leader winner - 2020
- Nominee Ethic Council of Australia Diversity Awards - 2019
- Uncle Bob Sampson Memorial Award for Contribution to Community - 2018
- Sydney Royal Easter Show Wearable Art Winner - 2018
- Newcastle Show Indigenous & Overall Show Art Winner - 2018
- Max Employment 'Our Communities' Indigenous Art Competition, Winner - 2016
- Weston Art Prize, Highly Commended - 2016
- Hunter New England Health, Royal Newcastle Centre North and South Block Public Artwork - 2016
- Finalist MAX Employment Indigenous Art Competition - 2015, 2016
- AFL Dreamtime Round Umpire Uniforms - 2015
- Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize Indigenous, Second Place – 2015
- Ray-Ban Global Indigenous Special Edition Wayfarers Competition Winner - 2014
- Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize Indigenous, Winner - 2014
- Relationships Australia – NSW Art Logo Competition, Winner - 2014
- Family & Community Services Logo, Koori Connections - 2014
- Family & Community Services Logo, Disability Links - 2014
- NSW Forestry Logo Competition, Winner – 2013
- Wollombi Art Prize Indigenous, Winner - 2013
- John Hunter Hospital Maternity K2 Mural, Winner - 2013
- Taronga Zoo Wild Rhino National Competition, Winner - 2013
- National Park and Wildlife, Logo/style guide Winner - 2012
- Lockhart Art Festival – Indigenous Winner - 2012
- National Parks & Wildlife Indigenous Artist – 2011
- Commended NAIDOC Entrant - 2008
- Upriver, Down River
exhibition Maitland Regional Art Gallery June –
- National Capital Art Prize, Newcastle Art Prize - 2022
- Plein Air Art Prize and Exhibition, NSW Parliament House - 2018
- Nukung Yapung - Her Path. NAIDOC exhibition The Rocks Discovery Museum - 2018
- Re(A)d Earth - Lake Macquarie Art Gallery - 2018
- Our Communities NSW Parliament Gallery, MAX Employment - 2016
- Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney - 2016
- Home Exhibition with Damian Smith - 2016
- Supply Nation 'Connect', Sydney - 2016 - 2019
- Signature by RAWartist.org, Newcastle - 2016
- Cessnock Regional Art Galley – 2010 - 2019
- John Hunter Hospital Arts for Health NAIDOC Exhibition - 2013 - 2019
- WUPA Indigenous Art Exhibition 2010 - 2019 held in the Hunter Valley venues including:
- Ninkinpa Solo Exhibition, Yamuloong Centre – 2015
- Hope Estate, Campfire Festival – Hunter Valley - 2015
- Excellence Centre Sydney MAX Employment Exhibition - 2015
- Dheo-ka Exhibition – 2013, 2014, 2015
- Free Spirit Galley Exhibition - 2013, 2014, 2015
- 3 Village Art Festival - 2014
- Maitland Hospital Exhibition – 2012 - 2014
- Newcastle Wetlands Centre – 2013
- Lockhart Art Festival - 2012
- TAFE NSW Karama Exhibition, TAFE Gallery Newcastle - 2012
- San Francisco Solo Exhibition - 2010
- University of Newcastle – 2010 - 2012
- National Home Ware Exhibition – Olympic Park, Sydney 2009 - 2011
- Port Stephens Art Gallery, NAIDOC Exhibition - 2009
- Australia Day Exhibition, Honey Suckle Newcastle Foreshore - 2007
- International Ice Hockey Tournament Indigenous Art Exhibition - 2007
- Broadmeadow Train Station
- Maitland Hospital
- Maitland Private Hospital
- Belmont Hospital
- Arnotts Australia
- BHP - Mt Arthur Coal
- DCL Engineering
- Westlakes Poly Clinic
- Toronto Private Hospital Commission
- Hunter Water
- Laing O’Rourke
- Catholic Care
- Winc Australia
- Arcadis Australia - Melbourne Office
- Charlestown Skate Park
- Australian Institute of Company Directors - Sydney
- Centre for Hope
- Royal Newcastle Centre - John Hunter Hospital
- Calvary Mater Hospital
- St Vincent Hospital Sydney
- Charlton Christian College
- Raymond Terrace Medical Centre
- CanTeen Hunter offices
- Relationships Australia Head Office Sydney
- Luxottica Australia/Pacifica Head Office Sydney – Reception
- Graincorp Australia Head Office Sydney Offices
- Life Without Barriers Newcastle Office
- Newcastle City Council Reception
- Charlestown Youth Centre Foyer
- John Hunter Hospital Wards K2, K3 and Maternity Outpatience.
- Yarnteen Ltd Head Office - Yamuloong
- Indigenous Youth Mobility Program Foyer - Newcastle
- Taronga Zoo Commission - Gates of the City of Dubbo
- Hunter New England Health Birra Li Offices - Newcastle
- Hunter New England Health - Toronto Poly Clinic
- Yamuloong Centre
- The Boulevarde Family Practice
- Saretta Art & Design Artwork storybook - 2015
- Max Employment Indigenous Calendar - 2015
- AFL Close the Gap Umpire Guernsey - 2015
- Native Title Annual Report - 2014
- Newcastle Knights - 100% Knights Employment Logo
- Family and Community Services Koori Kinnections program icons
- Family and Community Services Aboriginal Strategy - 2013-15
- TAFE NSW Karama Exhibition Invitation - 2012
- Life without Barriers Reconciliation Action Plan
- Graincorp Australia Reconciliation Action Plan
- Newcastle City Council Employment Strategy
- Newcastle University Wollotuka Annual Report - 2011
- National Parks & Wildlife Worimi Conservation lands Brochure, Beach Vehicle Permit, Posters, Signage
- Forestry Corporation of NSW Aboriginal style guide logo/Uniforms
- Yerin Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Services - 2023
- Got Your Back Sista - 2023
- Regional Youth Development Officers Network Annual art auction - 2016
- Wide Bay Sexual Abuse Services QLD, artwork donation - 2016
- Red Frogs Newcastle Fundraiser Dinner, artwork donation - 2015 - current
- Westlakes Elders Community Fundraiser, artwork donation - 2016
- Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council, artwork donation - 2016
- Muloobinba Aboriginal Corporation, artwork donation - 2016
- Red Frogs Newcastle silent art auction, Ninkinpa Exhibition - 2015
- Youth Bus Fundraiser at Campfire Festival - 2015
To share our unique and invaluable culture through authentic, engaging and thought evoking fine artwork and visual design that welcomes all and enhances connection to spirit and country.
Building connections between community and business to create initiatives in the arts the contribute to closing the gap.
- To Create artwork that is loved visually, while sharing my cultural narrative.
- To Share my artwork in the living and working spaces of our Nation.
- To Enjoy the artistic journeys of creating unique artworks with others.
- To See my artwork designs across mixed mediums and applications.
- We value cultural integrity and authenticity in each artwork and narrative created.
- We value our unique and rich culture and the sharing of this with others through visual design and story.
- We value all people and the amazing community we connect with across our operations.