Anita Bailedja, Kuninjku, born 1973; Gwenda Baymabiyma, Wurlaki, born 1991; Eliza Brian, Kune, Mayali, born 1996; Gloreen Campion, Rembarrnga, born 1978; Jaylene Campion, Rembarrnga, born 2000; Cheryl Darwin, Burarra, Kuninjku, born 1990; Dorothy Galaledba, Gun-nartpa, born 1967; Joy Garlbin, Ndjébbana/Kunibídji, Kuninjku, born 1959; Melba Gunjarrwanga, Kuninjku, born 1959; Rosina Gunjarrwanga, Kuninjku, 1989-2022; Philimena Kelly, Rembarrnga, born 1999; Eileena Lamanga, Kuninjku, born 1981; Kay Lindjuwanga, Kuninjku, born 1957; Susan Marawarr, Kuninjku, born 1967; Kate Miwulku, Ndjébbana/Kunibídji, 1950-2011; Annie Mulunwanga Wurrkidj, Kuninjku, born 1975; Sonia Namarnyilk, Ndjébbana/Kunibídji, born 1969; Jill Namunjdja, Kuninjku, born 1980; Pamela Namunjdja, Kuninjku, born 1972; Zipporah Nanguwerr, Kuninjku, born 1997; Irenie Ngalinba, Kuninjku, born 1979; Christelle Nulla, Gun-nartpa, born 1992; Antonia Pascoe, Djinang, Wurlaki, born 1987; Eileen Pascoe, Burarra, born 1991; Sandra Richards, Rembarrnga, born 1977; Fiona Jin-majinggal Mason Steele, Burarra, born 1977; Apphia Wurrkidj, Kuninjku, born 1984; Deborah Wurrkidj, Kuninjku, born 1971; Semeria Wurrkidj, Kuninjku, born 1985; Anna Wurrkidj, Kuninjku, 1975-2022; Lena Yarinkura, Kune, Rembarrnga, born 1960; Deborah Yulidjirri, Kuninjku, born 1970.
Maningrida is located on the traditional lands of the Kunibídji people at the mouth of the Liverpool River in north central Arnhem Land. The name is an anglicisation of the word Manayingkarírra from the phrase mane djang karirra, commonly translated as ‘the place where the Dreaming changed shape.’ The English name was adopted when a permanent government settlement was established at the site in the late 1950s. Today, Maningrida is a centre for 34 Aboriginal outstations and home to approximately 2,600 people from some 15 language groups.
Maningrida Arts and Culture, one of the nation’s longest-running community-based Aboriginal art centres, provides support to emerging and established artists from the region. The centre fosters diverse and dynamic forms of cultural expression and artmaking, principally bark painting, sculpture and woven work informed by deep and ongoing connections to Country and the Ancestral past.
mane djang karirra focuses on contemporary painting practice reflecting on the relatively recent rise and recognition of women in this realm. It comprises paintings on bark and on carved and woven objects, tracing the impact and enduring legacy of senior artists Dorothy Galaledba, Kay Lindjuwanga, Melba Gunjarrwanga and Lena Yarinkura on the prolific and flourishing community of female painters today. Forging the identity of Maningrida Arts and Culture in the 21st century, these women are maintaining language, knowledge and culture while quietly reshaping the traditions of Arnhem Land art.