Dr Christina Henri(Tasmania)

Honorary Artist and 2014 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year

Dr Christina  Henri

Dr Christina Henri’s passion for the female convict story has connected communities throughout Australia and across the globe. She has been Honorary Artist-in-Residence at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site since 2003. Her focus on female convicts saw her create the Roses from the Heart Bonnet Memorial, an international project highlighting Australia’s 25,566 convict women. The Roses from the Heart art project involves the community in hand-making cloth bonnets to memoralise convict women transported to Australia from Britain and Ireland between 1788 and 1853.

Christina has received significant accolades for her work. In 2013, she was inscribed on the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women, and Roses from the Heart won the prestigious Tasmanian SME Award. Christina then went on to be awarded the 2014 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year Award.

Christina has exhibited her work across the world. Roses from the Heart has been celebrated across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including on the Isle of Man and Jersey. Her work has been showcased on German TV, and she regularly exhibits overseas in Denmark, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. In 2016, Christina participated in Dark Mofo’s Winterfest at Narryna Heritage Museum.

Christina continues to celebrate the contribution of Australia’s exiled colonial women and highlights their stories and those of their children through her art.