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Artist BiographiesBiographies of Kalka Artists

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Below are some brief biographical details of various artists who work with the community art centre at Kalka (Ninuku Arts). Paintings by these artists are available in our Kalka (Ninuku Arts) Gallery pages.

Ninuku Arts is an Indigenous owned arts centre. It is governed by a committee of practising artists with the advice and support of a full-time manager. All art work produced is catalogued and authenticated and income from sales flows back to individual artists, with a proportion set aside to maintain Ninuku Arts as a community-owned enterprise. Ninuku Arts supports local culture, the development of employment opportunities, and the ethical production and sales of paintings.

Ninuku Arts opened the doors of its mudbrick building in Kalka in August 2006. Since then it has been extended to include another painting room and acquired a silver bullet caravan for a men’s painting room.

Prior to this a ‘roving art coordinator’ provided Kalka and Pipalyatjara with materials, technical advice and cataloguing and sales support between 2004-5. Through that project Tjungu Palya was established in neighbouring community Nyapari and Ninuku Arts in Kalka.

Nampitjin Miller

Language Group: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Kalka
Born: 1940

Nampitjin Miller was born in the bush and went to Warburton mission for her schooling where she lived in a dormitory with all the other girls. Her family stayed in the camp at the mission. She married and her husband took her to Amata where she had five children. Mrs Miller is a strong and founding figure for Ninuku Arts and respected elder within the Kalka community.

Nampitjin Miller

Nolie Rictor

Born: c.1970
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Kalka, South Australia

Nolie was born in the bush between Irrunytju and Tjuntjuntjara some time around 1970. His family was still living a traditional nomadic life when they walked into Tjuntjuntjara, a community at the edge of the Great Victoria Desert in WA in the 1980s. Nolie was twelve years old. Anangu (Aboriginal people from the region) affectionately call Nolie 'bush boy', and give him respect for his depth of cultural knowledge usually reserved for a much older man.

Nolie Rictor

Puntjina Watson

Born: 1940
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Pipalyatjara

Puntjina, also known as Monica, was born in 1940 at Pukara, an important rockhole and watersnake dreaming site. She walked to Ernabella as a young girl with her father and his three wives, the youngest of whom was Wingu Tingima. She lived there and worked in the craft room. Marrying Wimitja Watson, a Ngankari (traditional healer), they then moved to Amata where they had lots of children. The family moved to Pipalyatjara in the homeland movement of the late 1970s to be closer to their country. Mrs Watson is an important elder in Pipalyatjara where she continues to live with her husband and family.

Puntjina Monica Watson

Nyankulya Watson

Born: c.1938
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community
: Kalka, South Australia

Nyankulya was born at Mt Aloysius, at a rockhole not far from the tri state border, sometime around 1938. As a teenager she lived at Anumarapiti, now an outstation of Irrunytju. She remembers shortly after this time white fellas came and told her family to go to Ernabella. "It was good at the mission, there was lots of flour, tea and sugar. In the morning we would listen for the bell, then we would line up for food, go to church and then to work. Nyankulya was a founding member of Irrunytju Arts. She now lives in Kalka SA.

Nyankulya Watson

Tjuruparu Watson

Born: early 1940s
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Pipalyatjara

Tjuruparu was born in the bush around 1940, Anangu way, no house, no hospital "The rockhole I was born is called 'Kulkutja''. It is a long way from Irrunytju, the other side of Tjukurla getting close to Kintore in NT." As a young fellow he travelled with his family to Irrunytju as this is his mother's country. He was a teenager when his family walked into Warburton mission and was surprised to see so many families there.
Tjuruparu Watson

Wimitja Watson

Born: early 1930s
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Pipalyatjara

Wimitja was born in the bush of the Western Desert in the early 1930s. He is a senior law man and a highly regarded Ngangkari (traditional healer). His younger brother Tjuruparu Watson is a founding member of Irrunytju Arts and has encouraged Wimitja to paint his Tjukurpa.
Wimitja Watson

Ngayartji Young

Born: 1949
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Kalka, South Australia

 

 

Ngayartji Young

 

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