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M Ganambarr


27 Dec 1965 – 2023

Language group: Datiwuy, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Elcho Island Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    pandanus and bush string
    handbag: 17.0 x 20.0 x 6.0 cm handbag suspended by string: 63.0 x 20.0 x 6.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2010
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Mavis Ganambarr
    Artist information
    M Ganambarr

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Ganambarr was born at Matamata outstation, but now resides at Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island). She was taught to weave by her grandmother. She held her first solo exhibition in 2001 at Bandigan Arts and Crafts, Sydney and has since exhibited in the South Australian Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.

    Ganambarr has said of her work:

    "I found… weaving when I was about 19, but when I first started learning with my grandmother was when I was little, when I was growing and watching all my grandmother and my grandmother and all my aunties. I grew up in the bush.

    It's important, so part of doing our art is keeping our country strong, so when new generations grow they know what to do. They don’t have to go through reading books or asking questions.

    In my mind I'm always hoping that all kids, the Indigenous kids – I hope and wish for them to learn more and they get an understanding more what this has meant to the Indigenous people."

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Elcho Island

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Exploded Textiles, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, 28 Sep 2019–01 Dec 2019

Other works by M Ganambarr

See all 5 works