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Ruth Nalmakarra

Artist / Director

Nalmakarra was born and grew up in Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island), in the late 1960’s she moved to Yurrwi (Milingimbi). Nalmakarra has had constant engagement with weaving, painting and leading her community throughout her life. She has been weaving since she was a young girl and was taught painting by her family during the Ngarra (cleansing) ceremony time during which clan designs are used as body paint. The limited palette and geometric designs of Nalmakarra’s weaving and painting are informed by these Liyagawumirr/ Garrawurra clan designs. 

Nalmakarra has been an assistant manager, board member and artist at Milingimbi Art Centre since 2005 and has continued to hold a position on the board of, art centre peak body, ANKA since 2007. Nalmakarra has worked extensively with museums and collections and is extremely knowledgable in identifying family and clan connections. Ruth is proficient in both governance and leadership and continues as a role model and valuable contributor to the art centre and its daily operations.


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Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.

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