Meet our Artists

Elizabeth Gumbaduck

Totem – Sea Turtle

Elizabeth Rose Gumbaduck

Mother of 3 living in Creek Camp, Wadeye.

Elizabeth is the quiet achiever of the current PWAC team. She will sit quietly and focus on a drawing or lino carving for days. Elizabeth’s first screen, ‘leaves’, produced in 2012, shows her attention to detail and eye for composition and balance – mostly

self-taught, as she’s only had one or two formal tuition sessions in her short time with PWA so far.

 Elizabeth loves drawing her own totems – butterfly, sea eagle and sea turtle and likes to print t-shirts for family members. Furthermore, her precision printing with lino tiles indicates she’ll be an artist to watch out for in coming years.

“Gumleaves” design is a graphically drawn illustration of the gum leaves on the Eucalyptus trees that surround Wadeye including the small insects that are found amongst the leaves.

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Bridget Bunduck (Pengkinengki)

Totem – Echidna

Bridget Bunduck (Pengkinengki)

“I like working around the art centre each day learning more about art making and learning about my great grandfather Nym Bunduck.”

Bridget was born in Wadeye and went to the local school. She has worked for Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation since 2009.

Little People Orange and Black on Red screen printed by hand on linen by the women of the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre

self-taught, as she’s only had one or two formal tuition sessions in her short time with PWA so far.

She has three children who all attend school at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Wadeye. Bridget likes fishing and going out picking pandanas grass for making dilly bags.

The Little People

“This work shows the little people that belong to my country Wadey. Little people are spirit people and are part of my dreaming. Although they can’t be seen they are around. Sometimes they protect us and warn us about danger. We know they are around but can’t see them”.

 Nguluyguy -Echnida

“The echnida is one of the animals in my dreaming. There are lots of echnidas in Wadeye especially on the land around Airforce Creek.

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Echidna White Blue screen printed by hand on linen by the women of the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre

Marlithen Kinthari (Roberta)

Totem – Owl

Marlithen Kinthari (Roberta)

Marlithen has lived in Wadeye all her life. She went to school in Wadeye and is now raising her two young children in her home town surrounded by her extended family.

Owls Silver on Deep Sea Blue screen printed by hand on linen by the women of the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre

The owl is Marlithen’s totem along with the goanna. The brown and yellow owl is often seen in the trees around Wadeye and you can hear its call from time to time. The design on the owl is inspired by the layers of feathers that you see.

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Owl’s yellow on black screen printed by hand on linen by the women of the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre

Alanga Nganbe

Totem – Red Kangaroo

Alanga Nganbe

Alanga went to school in Wadeye up until senior high school when she attended St John’s College in Darwin.

Alanga worked as an assistant teacher at the school and later after completing teaching studies at Batchelor College she worked as a teacher. Alanga and her husband Tobias have three children and nine grandchildren. Her hobby is drawing at the kitchen table.

Dilly Bags Tan & Chocolate on Tangerine screen printed by hand on linen by the women of the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre

Dilly Bag

Aboriginal women have traditionally used the dilly bag, which is made from dyed pandas grass leaves for many reasons. It is used to carry things like bush tucker and also to steady children when they are learning to walk. In her design Alanga was thinking about her own mother who also made dilly bags and woven mats. Alanga sat as a child watching and learning weaving from her mother. Her mother passed on this knowledge.

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Magadalena Mullumbuk

Totem – Red Kangaroo

Magadalena Mullumbuk

Magdalena is the fourth of six children, having three sisters and two brothers. She was born in Wadeye where she attended the local school. Art was her favourite subject. Her hobbies are hunting and fishing and her totem is the red kangaroo.

Contemporary Print Graduated Yellow on Black screen printed by hand on linen by the women of the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre

Her Contemporary design was chosen for the Mobile Breastscreen bus that was launched in 2014 and travels throughout the Northern Territory delivering the service to communities rather than women having to travel to Darwin or Alice Springs. This is a cause very close to her family’s heart.

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Contemporary Print Graduated Purple on Red screen printed by hand on linen by the women of the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation Art Centre

Loreen Argarla

Totem – Red Kangaroo

Loreen Argarla

Loreen was born and grew up in Wadeye where she went to school. She has three children and currently works in for Save the Children in the community. Loreen’s mother’s family come from the Daly River area so she regularly visits them there but calls Wadeye home.

Water Ripples

Loreen says of her design: ‘The pattern comes from the shape make by waves. I see the pattern in the waves at the beach. I watch the waves when I am fishing.”

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Leonie Melpi

Totem – Sea Turtle

Leonie Melpi 

Mother of five and aunty and grandmother to many.

Leonie’s design ‘waves’ was designed in 2007. THE inspiration for the design came from the waves and ripples of the water at the beach. Leonie enjoys drawing and painting and finds it very relaxing.

Aside from being a talented artist Leonie worked at the school with the young children in preschool and early years for many years before retiring in 2013.

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Theodora Narndu

‘Mi Kungay’ Round Yam

Theodora Narndu

Theodora Narndu was the founding Chairperson of Palngun Wurnangat. She was educated in Wadeye and lived in Wadeye all her life and lived with her daughter and grandson in a house near other family members.

Theodora’s work was based on her totem the yam.

Theodora was always a strong woman and an example to others in the Wadeye community.

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