Senior Artist / Master Weaver
Margaret Rarru Garrawurra was born in the 1940’s in far north Arnhem Land into the Liyagawumirr people. She is one of a strong group of sisters of the renowned painter’s Mickey Durrng and Tony Dhanyala Garrawurra. Rarru’s artwork has been acquired by many galleries and museums including Queensland Art Gallery and features prominantly in the National Gallery of Victoria Collection.
In 2007 Rarru won the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award bark painting category, for her work Ngarra Body Paint Design, a subtle abstract of vertical triangles and circular waterholes on an irregularly shaped bark. Rarru lives with her family on her mothers country Langarra (Howard Island), off the coast of Arnhem Land, and at Yurrwi (Milingimbi Island). She is widely considered to be one of Australia’s most influential master weavers.