Wella Thurlow

Wella is a Ngarluma Yinjibarndi women from the Pilbara region and has connections to the Nyul Nyul and Nyikina people in the Kimberley region. At the end of 2012 Wella moved off Country to the city of Western Australia (WA) on Whajuk Country which is commonly known as Perth, to further her education. She then graduated with a Bachelor in Counselling from the University of Notre Dame Fremantle in 2017. After completing her bachelor she worked for a year doing support work with the Autism Association WA before landing her current role as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC). Wella is passionate about systems change, reconciliation and closing the gap between Western systems and Aboriginal systems. After meeting Kelvy Bird at the 2019 Danjoo Koorliny Festival she begun her journey as a visual scribe and weaves this practice into complex spaces to assist and inspire realisations of simple, soft and creative ways to address complex topics.