Musician Jimmy Little visited Ramingining during the Bak'bididi Festival in October, as part of his Jimmy Little Foundation 'Thumbs Up !' workshops.  Visiting various communities in Arnhem Land to promote a healthy lifestyle, Jimmy and his team wrote and recorded songs with local kids, while his chef Cos Tambling conducted cooking workshops.  A highlight of the Bak'bididi festival was being entertained by Jimmy Little on the Saturday night of the festival.

Bula'bula artists participated in the project, by creating a big 'Thumbs Up!' painting as part of the workhops, which depicted healthy food options, including local bush tucker.

For more information about the Jimmy Little Foundation ad the Thumbs Up! program, visit:

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May Yamanggarra PDF Print E-mail

Date of birth : 1970

Language : Manyarrngu

Social Affiliations :  Dhuwa moiety, Gamanydjan subsection



May is the daughter of David Malangi and Elsie Ganbada. Malangi taught her to paint from when she was about 16 years old. Initially May learned to make the paint by grinding the ochres.  She says the first painting she did with Malangi was putting the “dots” (white berries) on a Gunmirringu painting, like the one dollar note  one. As she progressed in her skills, Malangi  did the outlines, and May did the infill of paintings. May used to paint alot of Malangi’s rarrk as she has good steady hand for such fine linework.

Nowadays, May makes her own paintings. The rarrk she paints is exactly the same as Malangi’s: same colours, same order of the layers. May  also occasionally works with pandanus, weaving mats and baskets.

Select Group Exhibitions:
1994, Milindjarrk, sand sculpture & dance,Tandanya, Adelaide Festival, SA
1999, Ramingining Artists Show, High on Art, Melbourne
2000, 17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
2002, Miyalk Djama, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2003, Fleurieu Art Prize, Landscape Section, McLaren Vale, SA
2003, Tattersals Club, Landscape Prize Exhibition, QLD
2003, Sydney Aboriginal & Oceanic Art Fair, Circular Quay, Sydney
2003, Bula’bula Arts at the Virginia Fringe Film Festival, Virginia, USA
2004, The Affordable Art Fair, New York City, New York, USA
2004, Dupun, Djalumbu, Badurru-Hollow Logs from Ramingining, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004, Bulabula Artists Mala, Bandigan Arts, Sydney
2005, Rarrk on Bark, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
2005, Malangi Mob: Our Father's Stories, Raft Artspace, Darwin
2006, Malangi Mob (2),Indigenart, Perth

Adelaide Festival Centre Collection, Adelaide
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria

Jenkins, Susan (ed.), 2004, No Ordinary Place: The Art of David Malangi, National Gallery of Australia.
Tweedie, P., 1985, This My Country, A View of Arnhem Land, William Collins Pty Ltd, Sydney.

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