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Three Stories Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Three Stories
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Sally M Nangala Mulda 'Remembering Now'

by Terazita Turner-Young

Sally M. Nangala Mulda lives at Abbott’s Town Camp, near the riverbed of the Todd River in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Born in Titjikala, 130 km south of Mparntwe, she went to school in Amoonguna. Her childhood wasn’t stable because she had difficulties with her vision and lost the use of her left arm due to an accident. Time went on, and Sally moved closer to town with her family, eventually settling in Mparntwe.

Sally is known for her figurative and naïve painting style. She uses bright colours roughly applied across the canvas to illustrate her world; from the ranges that surround Mparntwe in the background, to the trees, saltbushes, homes, waterholes, shops, figures and animals that populate each scene. Sally includes text in cursive script that is unique to her practice and acts as an introduction to the painting’s subject. She doesn’t mince her words; she is brutally honest about the presence of police, alcohol consumption, and people sleeping outside because they don’t have enough money to pay for a power card to connect electricity to their homes. She contrasts this with text about people doing everyday activities like shopping, sleeping and cooking food, indicating just how ingrained and ‘normal’ confronting situations such as a constant police presence are in her world. Her paintings are stories from her lived experience and from the many Town Camp residents who face the same social and political issues.

Early in her career, Sally struggled because of her compromised vision but following surgery she gained confidence and has since developed her own dynamic and fluid style. Many of her paintings are about the contact between the Indigenous community and the Northern Territory police. Sally paints these stories with pain, but it gives her a release to be able to share them. The NT Intervention, a 2007 Federal Government policy program that was brutal in its enforcement and roundly prejudicial in its targeting of Indigenous communities, dramatically changed the lives of First Nations Australians in Mparntwe and elsewhere. New laws and regulations, including restrictions on the sale of alcohol, were enforced, jobs were cut and employment programs were discontinued. This caused overcrowding in most Town Camps, which hasn’t improved. (1) Sally describes this increase of police presence: ‘More humbug from policeman. Why we not allowed to buy alcohol? Or drink it at home in our own place like everybody else?’ (2)

In the NT, your eligibility to purchase alcohol depends on your address. If you live in a remote or Town Camp community, you are not permitted to buy and consume alcohol. These restrictions tend to cause a lot of humbug for alcohol and other possessions within the town. Most of the time alcohol is consumed due to joblessness, homelessness, and the pain and grief that our people suffer.

Despite the hardship, Sally enjoys staying in Abbott’s Town Camp surrounded by her Luritja families. It’s her home away from home.

Sally fills the gallery walls with the stories most are not willing to tell – not with the intention to guilt an audience, nor with a conscious decision to be a political artist, but simply by painting what she experiences. These are her true stories.

Notes

(1) ‘The number of drinking spots around Alice Springs has spiralled and this has led to an increase in intoxicated people on the camps’. ‘Impacts of the NTER’, Review of the Northern Territory Emergency Response, Australian Human Rights Commission, 2008, retrieved 23 August 2018, https://www.humanrights.gov.au/northern-territory-emergency-response-review-board

(2) ‘Humbug’ is a term used by Aboriginal people to describe the act of constantly hindering a person or peoples for something they may or may not have to give away; interview between the artist and author, August 2018.

Sally M Nangala Mulda

Tangentyere Artists, Alice Springs

Born Titjikala Region 1957

Languages Arrernte, Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • 'Still Here: Living at This Town Camp, Painting at This Art Centre, Telling My Story', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2020

  • 'Remembering Now', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
  • 'Everyday', Raft Artspace Gallery, Alice Springs

2019

  • 'Talking Story, Painting Story', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2018

  • 'No Trouble Here', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2016

  • ‘Town Camp Stories’, Raft Artspace Gallery, Alice Springs

2013

  • 'Painting My Town Camp Stories', Raft Artspace Gallery, Alice Springs

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

  • 'National Indigenous Art Triennial', National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2021

  • 'Desert Mob 30', Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • 'Badu Gili: Wonder Women', Sydney Opera House, Sydney

2020

  • 'Flying Colours', Talapi Art Gallery Alice Springs
  • 'Town Camp Now', Short St Gallery, Broome
  • 'Joy', Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  • 'Salon des Refusés', Charles Darwin University, Darwin

2019

  • 'Tarnanthi at AGSA', Art Gallery of South Australia
  • 'Looking for Pmara (home)', Merricks House Art Gallery, Merricks
  • 'Desert Mob', Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
  • 'Arrentye Mamu - Monster Monster', Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • 'We from the Centre, Travelling to the Ocean',
  • Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Edwina Corlette Gallery
  • 'The National: New Australian Art', Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2018

  • 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
  • ‘Arelhe Mape Altyerre Ileme - Women Telling Stories’, Short St Gallery, Broome
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists Christmas Exhibition’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • 'The Story Belonging To US', Koskela Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Tjina Mob: Next Door', Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • 'Desert Mob', Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
  • 'Ancient Stories, New Narratives - Sims Dickson Collection', Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

2017

  • ‘Tangentyere Artists Christmas Exhibition’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair’, Tandanya Cultural Centre, Adelaide
  • ‘Mparntwe & Ntaria Itweke-Itwe Mob [Alice Springs & Hermannsburg Neighbours]’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Desert Mob’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Convention Centre

  • ‘Together Our Stories Are Stronger’, Merricks General Wine Store
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists New Works’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Ngura Kutjupa Walytja Kutju (Different Countries, One Home)’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Alice Springs Always Was’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs

2016

  • ‘Tangentyere Artists: Town Camp Yarns’, Short Street Gallery, Broome
  • ‘Our Selves, Our Stories - Town Camp Artist’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Desert Mob 2016’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs

  • ‘Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Convention Centre

  • ‘Arrweketye Mob’, Ewyenper Atwatye Artists, Hermannsburg Potters and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists at Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Recent Works’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Mamie & Sally’, Portland Museum of Modern Art, Portland, Oregon, USA

2015

  • ‘Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art’, Tandanya Cultural Centre, Adelaide
  • ‘Making Place, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art’, Art Gallery South Australia
  • ‘SELFIES 2 l Town Campers’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs 

  • ‘Desert Mob - 25 Year Commemorative Exhibition’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Convention Centre

  • ‘We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from Central Australia’, NIEA, UNSW Galleries
  • ‘Desert Dreaming featuring Artworks from 6 Art Centres from Central Australia’, Art Images Gallery, Norwood, SA

2014

  • ‘Figuratively Speaking: Town Camp artists tell their stories’, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney
  • ‘Selfies: Representation of Self by Town Camp Artists’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Desert Mob 2014’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘In support of Artists in Black’, Arts Law Art Auction Fundraising Event, Sydney
  • ‘8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Convention Centre
  • Touring Exhibition of Aboriginal womens art of the Central and Western Deserts from the Sims Dickson Collection Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture
  • ‘New Works: Salon Show’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Healing Ways: Art with Intent’, DAX Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC
  • Seoul Open Art Fair, Desart Members Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea
  • ‘RightNow’, Boomali Cooperative, Sydney
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists, A Survey’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs

2013

  • ‘A Survey of Works’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘New Work by Tangentyere Artists’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Family Trees - Mbantua Festival Exhibition, Curated by Hetti Perkins – Desart Art Centres’, Alice Springs Telegraph Station & Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists - Open Day of New Art Centre’, Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Desert Mob’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘Tangentyrere Artists’, Central Craft, Alice Springs

  • ‘Our Way, Their Way’, Raft Art Space, Alice Springs
  • ‘Margaret Boko and Sally Mulda’, Merenda Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle, WA
  • ‘Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention’, curated by Jo Holder and Djon Mundine OAM, Cross Art Projects Gallery

2012

  • ‘Town Camp Art – Tangentyrere Artists’, Short Street Gallery, Broome

  • ‘THREE’, co-curated by Shauna Tilmouth, CHAN Contemporary Art Space, Darwin
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists: Recent Paintings’, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne
  • ‘Human Rights Film Festival’, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs
  • ‘Songlines – A Cooee Christmas’, Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney
  • ‘Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention’, curated by Jo Holder and Djon Mundine OAM, Cross Art Projects Gallery
  • ‘Desert Mob’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Convention Centre

  • ‘Alice Springs Beanie Festival’, Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
  • ‘Alice Desert Festival’, HUB Space, Alice Springs
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists’, Merenda Gallery, Perth

2011

  • ‘The Lighthouse Murals - Darwin Festival Park’, Harry Chan Avenue
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists’, Kate Ownen Gallery, Sydney
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists’, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne
  • ‘Tangentyere Artists’, Bond Gallery, Adelaide
  • ‘Our Homes: Town Camp & Beyond’, Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle, WA
  • ‘Human Rights Film Festival’, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs
  • ‘Desert Mob’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Convention Centre
  • ‘Singapore Urban Aboriginal Art – A Survey’, ReDot Fine Art Gallery

2010

  • ‘Tjintu Kutjupa’, Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne
  • ‘Desert Mob’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Entertainment Centre
  • ‘Coming Together’, Peta Appleyard Gallery, Alice Springs
  • ‘Art From the Heart of Town Camps’, Outstation Gallery, Darwin

2009

  • ‘Desert Mob’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • ‘Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’, Darwin Entertainment Centre
  • ‘Anwernekenhe Ayeye’, Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle WA
  • ‘Town Camps and Coloured Mission Blankets’, Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle, WA
  • ‘My House - Central Australian Art Centre Show’, Birrung Gallery, Sydney

AWARDS

2022

  • Finalist, Sir John Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Finalist, Alice Prize National Contemporary Art Award, Araluen Arts Centre

2021

  • Finalist, Sir John Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Finalist, Hadley's Art Prize, Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart
  • Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Brighton

2020

  • Finalist, King & Wood Malleson's Contemporary First Nations Art Award, Melbourne
  • Finalist, 41st Alice Prize National Contemporary Art Award, Araluen Arts Centre
  • Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Brighton

2019

  • Finalist, Sir John Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Finalist, Telstra NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

2018

  • Finalist, Telstra NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

2012

  • Finalist, Telstra NATSIAA,Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

2011

  • Finalist, Annual Human Rights Art Awards, Supreme Court Foyer, Darwin

COLLECTIONS

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Artbank Collection
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • University of Queensland, Anthropology Museum
  • University of Queensland Art Museum
  • Araluen Art and Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
  • Darwin Festival Lighthouse Murals Commission
  • Deborah Sims & Matt Dickson Collection
  • The Brian Tucker Collection
  • The John Cruthers Collection
  • Utrecht Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, The Netherlands

May 6, 2023

SALLY M NANGALA MULDA FINALIST IN THE SULMAN PRIZE

Sally M Nangala Mulda is a finalist in the 2023 Sulman Prize.

Old man pay day

Daughter and father drinking beer. Down the creek one woman got two tail. Two man coming with the beer two rum with the bag

Two rum and two coca cola in the bag

Woman taking tail

Man taking rum and coca cola with the bag

Man taking beer at the creek

Sally M Nangala Mulda, 2023

Sally M Nangala Mulda’s work is a form of documentary storytelling. She started painting in 2008 and has frequently portrayed town camp life since the 2007 Northern Territory intervention: people camping in the riverbed in swags, council rangers moving people on, people cooking kangaroo tail down the creek. Her practice represents an important catalogue of lived experience of town camp life and colonisation.

Read more here.


Sally M Nangala Mulda

Old man pay day

acrylic on linen

59.5 x 91.5 cm

May 6, 2022

SALLY M NANGALA MULDA - SULMAN ART PRIZE FINALIST

Congratulations to Sally M Nangala Mulda who is a finalist in the 2022 Sulman Art Prize.

The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

Sally Mulda's painting 'Old Days at Amoonguna' depicts the art centre's toyota picking up all the woman for painting. That kungka Nadine driving. Long time ago I use to get picked up at Little Sisters. Now Abbott’s Camp. Every day. We listen to CAAMA radio. Good ways. Everybody talkin’ talkin’. This one [middle] – three woman, they on the hospital lawn, playing card for money. Pay day. Night time [right panel] four woman by the fire at town camp. They sitting round the fire at night time. Keeping warm, talking story. Maybe they by the fire because no power card? This is town camp life. Every day.

READ MORE HERE

Old Days at Amoonguna 2021
acrylic on linen
66 x 122.5 cm

July 22, 2021

SALLY M NANGALA MULDA, FINALIST IN THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE AGNSW 2021

This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Although it is a non-acquisitive prize, several of the entries are now part of the Gallery’s collection.

Born in Titjikala in 1957, Mulda experienced a childhood accident that left her with impaired vision, but surgery has improved her sight. Exhibiting since 2008, she creates bright canvases with distinctive cursive text, depicting scenes of everyday life within Abbott’s Camp and drawing attention to social and political issues with emotional honesty.

In this portrait, the artist is wearing the stripey top and sits with her daughter, Louise Abbott. The other two people cooking roo tails on the fire represent all town camp women. As Mulda puts it: they are ‘maybe me and Louise, maybe any womans. This is town camp life. Every day.’

Mulda is also a finalist in this year’s Sulman Prize.

READ MORE HERE

    June 9, 2021

    SALLY M NANGALA MULDA FINALIST IN THE BAYSIDE ART PRIZE

    Established in 2015, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.

    The annual prize is an important opportunity for Bayside City Council to add exceptional works of art to its collection and to promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community.

    Sally Mulda's work 'Town Camp Stories' 2020 is a finalist in this year's prize.

    READ MORE HERE

    May 16, 2019

    SALLY NANGALA MULDA FINALIST IN THE SULMAN PRIZE AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

    Sally Nangala Mulda has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Sulman Prize, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

    Sally says of her working this years prize:

    This is me outside my home at Abbott’s Town Camp in Alice Springs feeding my cats. Little cat, mother cat. One woman, my family, playing cards. Nobody bothering anybody. No papa bothering the cats! We are just sitting quietly. I like quiet. Nobody talking.

    Sally M Nagala Mulda, 2019

    Image: Sally feeding little cat, mother cat, acrylic on linen, 76 x 92 cm

    May 1, 2019

    SALLY NANGALA MULDA FEATURED IN ART/EDIT

    Louise Martin-Chew writes about Sally Nangala Mulda's life and painting for Art/Edit magazine. She says:

    'WHAT IS MOST DISTINCTIVE about the paintings of Sally M. Nangala Mulda is that they tell us just how it is to live in Abbott’s Town Camp, not far from the mostly dry Todd River bed in Alice Springs (Mparntwe). Many of the paintings produced by Indigenous artists working out of the region use colour and pattern to evoke the romance of their connections to Country. However, Sally’s approach delivers the gritty reality of the place in which she lives, the interactions between police and Aboriginal people, the supermarket as the source of “a feed”, the tension around alcohol consumption and people sleeping rough, all set amongst saltbush, waterholes, homes and shops.'

    READ MORE HERE

    April 25, 2019

    SALLY NANGALA MULDA FEATURED IN RUNNING DOG FOR 'THE NATIONAL' AT THE AGNSW

    On Sally Nangala Mulda's work for 'The National' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Snack Syndicate for Running Dog writes:

    'Sally Mulda’s narrative style mimics the pedantic, forensic language of the state while at the same time showing that such language tends to obfuscate its subjects—people who live and die. Mulda’s frank descriptions of the Town Camp index the countless different ways that black life is both constrained by, and always in excess of, white law.

    Together, the paintings in the exhibition are quietly unsettling, staging a series of encounters that produce both minor affects (annoyance, confusion, amusement, affection) and their major implications. Engaging with the paintings, we feel the enormity of living under occupation, as well as the conviction that such enormity can never be total.'

    READ MORE HERE

    April 17, 2019

    SALLY NANGALA MULDA FEATURED IN 'THE NATIONAL - NEW AUSTRALIAN ART' AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

    Curator Isobel Parker Philip talks about Sally Mulda's work for 'The National' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales:

    'Sally Nangala Mulda is an artist who lives in Abbott's Town Camp in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

    She paints scenes from her daily life. She paints people having breakfast. She paints going to the football. She paints people going to sleep. She also paints the routine and intrusive presence of the police amongst the indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

    All of these scenes are painted with the same frank and stark honesty. There is a normalisation of the police presence amongst the Indigenous community that is shocking to see at first and is amplified by the regularity with which Sally paints it and that we see it again and again across the installation.

    This reminds us about what life looks like for a huge portion of our Indigenous people. In this work we see the lived effects of the 2007 Northern Territory intervention. It's a brutal reminder about what reality can really look like.

    Sally paints her figurative scenes and then applies text on top of them to tether each work to a particular time and place. These are diaristic documents. They're paintings that do the job of photographs or snapshots. There's a kind of direct relationship between these scenes and the real world. We read them as snapshots. We read them as kind of episodes from life as it is lived.'

    READ MORE HERE

    April 16, 2018

    SALLY M NANGALA MULDA IN THE STUDIO


    This is us, this is the way it is – that’s what Sally Mulda’s paintings of life seem to say.  Paddy wagons in the river, policemen pouring out grog, an assortment of bottles and cans lying on the ground; four disconsolate people, probably men, walking away.  Dogs, children sleeping and everything in between that makes up life in the Alice Springs Town Camps, are depicted in her paintings, raw and free.

    SALLY M NANGALA MULDA 'REMEMBERING NOW' EXHIBITION

    10 – 30 April 2024
    SALLY M NANGALA MULDA

    28 February 2024 – 19 March 2024
    ‘How To Swim’ Curated by Sally Anderson featuring Lydia Balbal, Kirsty Budge, Eleanor Louise Butt, Mark Maurangi Carrol, Jedda-Daisy Culley, James Drinkwater, Adrienne Gaha, Bridie Gillman, Simone Griffin, Rhys Lee, Eytan Messiah, Sally M Nangala Mulda, Pia Murphy, Miranda Skoczek, John Smith, Ken Whisson, Bugai Whyoulter, Sally Anderson

    8 – 11 September 2022
    SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY

    17 September 2020 – 7 October 2020
    Sally M Nangala Mulda ‘Remembering Now’

    26 June 2019 – 17 July 2019
    THE NEW GALLERY SHOW — A Group Exhibition

    10 – 28 April 2018
    SALLY M NANGALA MULDA