Artist & Master Weaver
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 is passionate about education and the sharing of knowledge. She worked as a teacher at Milingimbi Central School and at Langarra outstation for many years before working at the art centre. Nalmakarra held a position as assistant manager at the art centre from (2005 to 2009), she also sat on the board and has been an artist. Nalmakarra 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.