Garma, 2009

From August 6 – 10, members of Bula’bula Arts attended the Garma Festival of Yolngu culture.  ANKAAA (the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists Inc.) funded three Bula’bula artists and the curator to attend the annual celebration of Yolngu culture, held in the forest at Gulkula, Northeast Arnhem Land (near Nhulunbuy).  The three artists who attended the festival were ANKAAA board-member Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu and Shirley Banalanydju.

A productive and enjoyable four days were spent camping amongst fellow artists and attending the following events:
* Garma Academic Key Forum, this year titled ‘Creative Industries’.
* the ANKAAA Arnhem Regional Meeting, where the group met with other local Art Centres and funding bodies to discuss important issues facing the individual art centres today.
* Yothu Yindu Foundation Printmaking Workshop.  Peter and Shirley each created a linocut print at the festival, with the possible opportunity of the foundation selecting their artwork for editioning.
* Visit to Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, in Yirrkala.
* Evening Bungul and entertainment.

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Date of birth : 1961

Language : Ganalbingu

Clan : Gurrumba Gurrumba



Daughter of George Milpurrurru (1934-1998), Gladys Womati is becoming an extremely accomplished artist and follows in her late father’s footsteps in keeping the Ganalbingu tradition of fine artwork alive. Her repertoire includes weaving as well as painting.

Gladys’s scholastic achievements also include Certificates in Business, Community Development and Health Studies. She is a much sought after worker in the Ramingining community. Gladys worked as one of the translators for the film Ten Canoes. 

Select Group Exhibitions:
1997, Ramingining Artists, Michel Sourgnes Gallery, Brisbane
1998, New World Art Gallery, Hattem, The Netherlands
1998, Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy
1998, Dreamings, Vlaams-Europeesch-Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1999, High on Art, Melbourne
2000,17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
2003, Out of the Dilly Bag, Bright!, St Kilda, Victoria
2003, Forms in Fibre, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2003, Bula’bula Arts at the Virginia Fringe Film Festival, Virginia, USA
2005, Emergence: Happening Artists from Ramingining, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2005, Gamununggu Ganalbingu: Ganalbingu Painters, Indigenart, Perth
2005, Pandanus to Paper: Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
2006, 13 Canoes, (an Adelaide Fringe event), South Australian Museum, Adelaide
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

Milpurrurru, G., & Getjpula, G., et al, 1993, The Art of George Milpurrurru, exhib. cat., Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Mundine, Djon, 2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, MCA & Bula’bula Arts

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