Pollyanne Smith Tjungkaya is from Fregon (also known as Kaltjiti Community), on the APY Lands -Anangu Pitjantjatjara/ Yankunytjatjara Lands, 350km south east of Uluru. Pollyanne was born near Ernabella at Balfours Well on the APY Lands. Her mother was from Ikari, close to Watarru. Her father came from Iltur, an important men's site south-east of Watarru. Pollyanne comes from a large family of eight children. Her father Georgie was a local identity in Fregon and was known for growing beautiful watermelons.
Pollyanne went to school in Ernabella and then in Fregon. She worked at the Fregon Art Centre and learnt a number of arts and crafts including batik, and tie-dyeing. She made hooks, as well as floor rugs from hand spun sheep wool. Pollyanne married Yami Smith (since passed away) from Fregon and has four children. Anthony (passed away) Shannon and Yami and Maxine (Brenda) an adopted daughter.
Pollyanne has been an Anangu Education Worker at the Fregon Anangu School since 1994, and paints after school and during the holiday periods. Pollyanne paints the country of her mother; to the north, yet close to Watarru, is Untju-ku ngura, her mother's birthplace. A large hill with a rockhole in the middle is a distinguishing feature of this country.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 - Steadfast - Works from Kaltjiti Short Street Gallery Broome WA
2018 -APY Gallery Sydney NSW
2017 - Salon de Refuse exhibition Charles Darwin University.
2016 - Signal Point Gallery & Kiri Kiri Art 'Malpa Wiru' Naidoc exhibition
2015 - Our Mob Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide SA
2011 - Seymour College Adelaide 2011
2007 - Tjulpuntjulpunpa: Vistas of wildflowers by Kaltjiti Artists, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide SA