Betty Sumner

“I am a Raukkan Ngarrindjeri Mimini all the way from Tiddingi Sandhills. I am also a singer, storyteller, actor, artist, painter and a Ngarrindjeri Cultural Weaver.”


Betty Sumner studied Anthropology at the University of Adelaide and has worked across theatre, film, stage design and opera in a creative career spanning 30 years. Her current creative explorations involve silk painting, acrylic painting, cultural weaving, sculpture and storytelling.

Betty Sumner was commissioned in 2016 to create new work for the Alexandrina’s Council South Coast Aquatic Centre in Hayborough, SA, entitled ‘The All-Seeing Eye’, a woven object combining Ngarrindjeri cultural weaving techniques with abstract art and social commentary.

For the inaugural Ngarrindjeri Culture Hub exhibition in 2017 she produced a triptych painting on canvas, as a reflection on her famous painting, ‘The Protectors’.

Betty Sumner works and lives in the Ngarrindjeri community of Raukkan, South Australia.