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Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin is a senior Pitjantjatjara artist committed to passing on her cultural knowledge to the next generation of Anangu.

Goodwin worked as a pre-school teacher at the Mimili Aṉangu School for thirty years sharing stories through inma, dance and song, and storytelling until she retired in 2009. Since the foundation of the Art Centre in 2009 she has been painting at Mimili Maku Arts, capturing the stories passed on to her in a dynamic and intuitive way.

Goodwin paints Kunga Kutjara, a women's Tjukurpa from Bumbali Creek in the Northern Territory; the Tjukurpa from Goodwin's mother's Country, the Tjala, honey ant, dreaming; and the Maku Tjukurpa of Antara, the Country near Mimili.

 

“Antara, (is) a sacred place for Anangu, and the Maku Tjukurpa (witchetty grub story). There is a special rock hole at Antara where women perform inma – ‘inmaku pakani’ – and afterwards there is enough maku to feed everyone. Antara and Maku Tjukurpa is really important for Mimili women, we paint this place and its stories, keeping them strong.” 

As the chairperson of Mimili Maku Arts, Goodwin has represented the Art Centre on multiple occasions. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has been recognised as a finalist in a number of major national awards, including the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin, the Northern Territory in 2018; the John Leslie Art Prize at the Gippsland Art Gallery in Victoria in 2020; and, the Arthur Guy Memorial Art Award, at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria in 2021.

 

In 2022 Goodwin was again named as a finalist in the 2022 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards presented at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and was shortlisted for the Hadley’s Art Prize, the significant $100,000 acquisitive Australian landscape prize presented by the Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania.

© The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022

 

For an extended CV, please contact Alcaston Gallery at art@alcastongallery.com.au

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