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Elizabeth Djuttara PDF Print E-mail

1942 - 2010

Language : Ganalbingu

Clan : Gurrumba Gurrumba

Social Affiliations : Yirritja moiety, Bulanydjan subsection

Djuttarra was born in the bush at Djapididjapin, a waterhole near present day Ramingining, and went to Milingimbi to attend school. For a short time in her adult years, she worked with Dorothy Djukulul in Maningrida as a cook’s assistant. Returning to Milingimbi Djuttara worked full time as a weaver, alternately living between there and Ramingining until she settled in Ramingining where she lived until hear death in late 2010.

In 1992, Elizabeth Djuttara was invited to submit weavings for the Vic. Health National Craft Award. Djuttara took out the $10,000 first prize with her outstanding hand woven pandanus mat that so impressed the judges it was easily the winning entry. When Djuttara travelled to Melbourne to receive the Award in March '92, it was her first trip to a big capital city.
Djuttura travelled to Yulara in 1997 to conduct a weaving workshop at Mulgara Gallery with Nellie Ngarrit’thun and Frances Rrikili.

Select Group Exhibitions:
1989, Ramingining, Gamununggu Miyalk, women painters, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1992, Vic Health National Craft Award, Victoria NGV
1993, Buyu Djama, Pandanus Weaving from Arnhem Land, Canberra School of Art Gallery, ACT
1994, Buyu Djama, Pandanus Weaving from Arnhem Land, Adelaide Fringe Festival, National Trust of South Australia
1994, Ramingining Weaving, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Richmond, Victoria
1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria
1996, Bula’Bula Arts, Ramingining, Anima Gallery, Adelaide
1998, Armlinks, Darwin Visual Arts Association touring exhibition
2002, Fibre Art, Raft Artspace, Parap, Darwin
2002, Miyalk Djama, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2003, Out of the Dilly Bag, Bright!, St Kilda, Victoria
2003, Guridji Djama, Thornquest Gallery, Southport, QLD
2003, Sydney Aboriginal & Oceanic Art Fair, Circular Quay, Sydney
2003, Animals & Spirits, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2004, Buyu: Weaving from Ramingining, Budds Beach Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Qld
2004, Artists from Ramingining, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2004, 21st National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT
2004, Blak Insights, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2004, Ramingining Artists, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2005, Pandanus to Paper, Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT
2006, 13 Canoes, (an Adelaide Fringe event), South Australian Museum, Adelaide
2006, Recently Ramingining, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2006, Out of the Dilly Bag and into the Canoe, Brightspace! St Kilda
2006, Many many canoes: An exhibition in celebration of the film Ten Canoes, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2006, Ramingining, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2006, Gunga Dhawu (Pandanus Story), Territory Craft, Darwin
2009, Floating Life:  Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Qld

Artbank, Sydney.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
Harland Collection, NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
South Australian Museum, Adelaide
University of Wollongong

Canberra Times, 16/10/1993 (Function gives way to new aesthetic form).
Daly, M., Magic rug flies a far-away weaver, Age Newspaper, 25.02.1992
Hanby, L., 1993, 'Buyu Djama,' Periphery 17, 22-23.
Kleinert, Sylvia & Neale, Margo, 2000, The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford University Press, Australia
Mundine, Djon, 2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, MCA & Bula’bula Arts

1992, Vic. Health National Craft Award - Djuttara won the first prize of $10, 000. This stunned the 'craft world' as it was the first time an Aboriginal Artist has been invited to participate in the Award, and Djuttara won it!

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