"I began painting to share my cultural knowledge with others. Art gives me an opportunity to express myself and tell the traditional Miriwoong stories. Mentoring young people is also something that I feel very strongly about and I see that working in the arts will help young people maintain their cultural knowledge."
Ben Ward is a senior cultural custodian of the Miriwoong people. Until his car accident several years ago, which left him in a wheelchair, he had worked for many local organisations as a health worker, a field officer, a station hand and also worked in community education. He has held the position of Director for many local community organisations and between 2011–2014 he was Chairperson of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts.
Courtesy of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts