Saturday, February 8th, 2014

People: Amy Nuggett

Perth’s Gallery Central is showing Walmajarri woman Amy Nuggett’s work from this Wednesday 10 February.

There will also be a launch of her new book at the official opening on Friday.

You can read a media release here:


Ngurntakura Wangki
Amy’s Story 10 Feb – I Mar with the official opening on the 14 Feb at 6pm. Floor talks will take place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 Feb at 2pm. Exhibition opening and book launch Friday 14 Feb at 6pm Gallery Central Corner Aberdeen and Beaufort Streets Northbridge.

Ngurntakura Wangki, which broadly translates as “Story for Amy” or “Amy’s Story”, focuses on the art, life and story telling of senior Walmajarri artist Amy Ngurnta Nuggett. Ngurntaura Wangki emphasizes visual storytelling as a means of recounting narratives about Kimberley family life and desert travel from the 1960s to the present. The rich body of work Amy has produces constitutes unique insights into her desert homelands, the journey she made as a young girl with family, and many return visits as an adult.

Significant inspirations include desert waterholes, or jila, especially those with which Amy has traditional affiliations, as well as bush foods and medicines such as fruits, flowers, animals and the wider prespective of landscapes, family and dreaming tracks.

Visitng homelands often, Amy uses vibrantly distinctive yet nuanced colour and style to render aspects of her culture, and places of importance to her and past and future generations.

Born at Karnanganjawurtu in Mangala country, today Amy lives at a community near the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River. She paints rebularly at Mangkatja Arts. A practising artist since the early 90s, Amy contributed to the historic Ngurarra Canvas, a giant 8 x 10m painting created collectively by more than 40 artists in tribute of their connection to their country for the successful Ngurarra Native Title Claim. Ngurntakura Wangki is Amy’s first solo exhibition.

A cultural leader and an ardent teacher of traditional knowledge, a role she has passed on to her children, and increasingly to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Ngurntakura Wangki is a celebration of Amy’s commitment to the arts and teh teaching of young people. Alongside the exhibition, and in conjunction with it, a book of stories and the artworks collated over several decades by the Nuggett family, especially Amy’s two eldest daughters, Annette
Puruta Wayawu Kogolo and Joy Marminjiya Nuggett, with anthropologist Sandy Toussaint, will be launched on the opening night. Artefacts made by Ngurnta’s husband will also be displayed at the exhibition, including a replica boomerang that was made for Princess Margaret who visited the Kimberley and met with the Nuggett family at the Gogo School in 1972.

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