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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Shirley Banalanydju PDF Print E-mail

Date of birth : 1977

Language : Ganalbingu

Clan : Gurrumba Gurrumba

Social Affiliations : Yirritja moiety, Bangaditjan subsection


Daughter of George Milpurrurru (1934-1998), Shirley has been painting since 1990.  She is married to renowned artist Peter Minygululu who not only is teaching her how to paint, but also occasionally assists with her paintings. Shirley has also been making delicate woven bags and baskets, as well as fine shell necklaces for the market since the 1990s.

Select Group Exhibitions:
2003, Bula’bula Arts at the Virginia Fringe Film Festival, Virginia, USA
2004, The Affordable Art Fair, New York City, New York, USA
2004, Buyu, Weavings From Ramingining, Budds Beach Gallery
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, Out of the Dilly Bag and into the Canoe, Brightspace! St Kilda
2006, L’Espirit de la Terre d’Arnhem Art Aborigene du Nord de L’Australie: La Collection d’Arnaud Serval, Passage de Retz, Paris
2006, Bark Paintings, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007, Bula'bula Arts: The Next Generation, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne

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