Rose Turtle Ertler is an instigator of art.
Her participatory work brings people together for meaningful, empowering and enjoyable experiences. Her projects often challenge misinformed stereotypes and aim to amplify voices that can get lost in this chaotic world.
Current projects include Mapatazi (women’s electric guitar onslaught); “Dear Tree” (a listening experience of people speaking dearly to trees); Complimentary Caravan (an ongoing collection of compliments). And previously: Light At The End… (performed in tunnels by refugees); Rebel Elders (performance exploring rebellion in elderly people’s lives).
Rose is a musician, regularly performing her original wonky folk solo on instruments mostly on uke and piano. She has toured extensively including overseas. She has also collaborated with many musicians over the years and been in bands including pop/punk band The Night Before Tomorrow (Melbourne 2009-19) evolving from her work at a disability service.
Rose has been playing ukulele for over twenty years and has been instrumental in the growing of the scene in Australia. She specialises in ‘fancy’ strumming and often teaches workshops on her travels.  Rose is a ukulele player in the Black Orchid Stringband with members of the West Papuan community based in Australian.

Rose is a supporter of freedom and independence for our closest neighbours in West Papua.  More info about the Melbourne West Papuan community HERE and the Black Orchid Stringband HERE  Listen to The Voice of West Papua on 3CR Radio every Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm. Livestream HERE