Kay Baker

Language: Pitjantjatjara
Region: Kanpi, S.A.

Kay Baker was born in the early 1950s, near Ernabella Mission in South Australia; her father was the famous Pitjantjatjara artist, Jimmy Baker, whose early career was as a “baker” of bread, then a stockman, tending to sheep.

In the early 2000s, Kay was the major instigator in the establishment of the Tjunku Palya Art Centre at Fregon.  Kay went to the Lutheran Yirara College in Alice Springs then moved back to Fregon in SA where she worked at the Fregon Art Centre and later learnt her art and craft practice from her grandmother.


Kay is the mother of widely exhibited artists, Teresa Baker and Kani (Patricia) Baker and grandmother to the emerging artist, Clarise Tunkin.  Kay was integral to the establishment of the small APY Lands community, Kanpi.  She learnt arts and crafts (primarily batik) at Fregon Arts Centre.


Kay now spends her time between her community in South Australia and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.  Kay is a confident and creative artist telling the stories of Malilu (a significant ancestral woman from Kanpi) and the Emu (Kalaya) Dreaming.

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