Sally Scales is a Pitjantjatjara woman from Pipalyatjara in the far west of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia.
She was elected as Chairperson of the APY Executive Board Council in 2019 and was the second woman to hold the position.
Ms Scales has worked with the APY Art Centre Collective since 2013 in cultural liaison, elder support and spokesperson roles. She is part of the youth leadership team for the Uluru Statement reform, having been involved in the Referendum Council's Constitution regional dialogues in Ross River, Adelaide and the national convention in Uluru in 2017. Since then Ms Scales has been involved with the Uluru Dialogue leadership.
In 2020, she turned her focus to her artistic practice and held her first exhibition at the APY Gallery Adelaide in March 2021. It was a sell out exhibition.
Ms Scales is an independent elected board member of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and a board member on the Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Board.
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