Danielle Mate Sullivan

Danielle Mate Sullivan was born in Fairfield, Sydney NSW, an urban community that is a far reach from remote dust of Brewarrina where her mother came from. Danielle acknowledges her culture through the Kunja people of the Cunnamulla region in South Western Queensland.  Her respect extends to her broader family and their special places on both sides of the Queensland and New South Wales borders as they play an important part in shaping who she is today.
She describes her early years as a period of personal expression and learning about her own culture in an environment where identifying as a young Aboriginal person amongst a predominantly non-Aboriginal urban community was a difficult thing to do. Her family influences and passion informed her in deciding on formal study undertaking a Bachelor of Creative Arts – Visual Arts and Design, at the University of Wollongong in NSW.
Danielle’s work takes young urban Aboriginal people on a journey of self-discovery helping them connect to their culture and create something special that gives them an immediate sense of pride culturally and personally to take forward in their life.
Danielle is a Finalist in the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2005. (Danielle was living in Queensland in the years between 2006 and 2010).  Her work is in the private collection of US President Barack Obama in The White House, Washington DC, American Ambassador in Canberra ACT and also the private collection of television celebrity Ellen DeGeneres.  Danielle also created the flagship art work for the launch of the first Australian Business Cultural Centre in Europe.