Old Days at Amoonguna and Now Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Old Days at Amoonguna and Now
Old Days at Amoonguna and Now 2022
Old Days at Amoonguna and NowSally M Nangala MuldaOld Days at Amoonguna and Now
Old Days at Amoonguna and Now2022
acrylic on linen
40 x 120 cm
MM12281-22 
SOLD 
Piggly Wiggly Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Piggly Wiggly
Piggly Wiggly 2023
Piggly WigglySally M Nangala MuldaPiggly Wiggly
Piggly Wiggly2023
acrylic on linen
90.5 x 122 cm
MM12532-23 
SOLD 
Intervention - Grog Running Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Intervention - Grog Running
Intervention - Grog Running 2012
Intervention - Grog RunningSally M Nangala MuldaIntervention - Grog Running
Intervention - Grog Running2012
acrylic on linen
40 x 120 cm
MM5773-12 
SOLD 
Piggly Wiggly Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Piggly Wiggly
Piggly Wiggly 2014
Piggly WigglySally M Nangala MuldaPiggly Wiggly
Piggly Wiggly2014
acrylic on linen
88 x 180 cm
MM6563-14 
SOLD 
Art Centre Pickups Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Art Centre Pickups
Art Centre Pickups 2022
Art Centre PickupsSally M Nangala MuldaArt Centre Pickups
Art Centre Pickups2022
acrylic on linen
50 x 79 cm
MM12329-22 
SOLD 
Three Town Camp Stories Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Three Town Camp Stories
Three Town Camp Stories 2023
Three Town Camp StoriesSally M Nangala MuldaThree Town Camp Stories
Three Town Camp Stories2023
acrylic on linen
51 x 120 cm
MM12526-23 
SOLD 
Coming Back from Emily Gap Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Coming Back from Emily Gap
Coming Back from Emily Gap 2023
Coming Back from Emily GapSally M Nangala MuldaComing Back from Emily Gap
Coming Back from Emily Gap2023
acrylic on linen
60 x 60 cm
MM12530-23 
SOLD 
Sally Car Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Sally Car
Sally Car 2022
Sally CarSally M Nangala MuldaSally Car
Sally Car2022
acrylic on linen
30 x 90 cm
MM12026-22 
SOLD 
Night Time, Early Morning, Daytime Stories Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Night Time, Early Morning, Daytime Stories
Night Time, Early Morning, Daytime Stories 2019
Night Time, Early Morning, Daytime StoriesSally M Nangala MuldaNight Time, Early Morning, Daytime Stories
Night Time, Early Morning, Daytime Stories2019
acrylic on linen
61 x 152.5 cm
MM10425-19 
SOLD 
Two Town Camp Stories Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Two Town Camp Stories
Two Town Camp Stories 2021
Two Town Camp StoriesSally M Nangala MuldaTwo Town Camp Stories
Two Town Camp Stories2021
acrylic on linen
50.5 x 122.5 cm
MM11363-21 FINALIST IN THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2021 
SOLD 
Three True Stories Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Three True Stories
Three True Stories 2023
Three True StoriesSally M Nangala MuldaThree True Stories
Three True Stories2023
acrylic on linen
51 x 122.5 cm
MM12525-23 
SOLD 
Town Camp and Down the Creek Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - Town Camp and Down the Creek
Town Camp and Down the Creek 2023
Town Camp and Down the CreekSally M Nangala MuldaTown Camp and Down the Creek
Town Camp and Down the Creek2023
acrylic on linen
51 x 122.5 cm
MM12527 23 
SOLD 
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story 2023
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my StorySally M Nangala MuldaINSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story2023
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story Sally M Nangala Mulda - INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story 2023
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my StoryINSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story2023
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story 2023
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my StorySally M Nangala MuldaINSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story2023
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my StorySally M Nangala MuldaINSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story Sally M Nangala Mulda Sally M Nangala Mulda - INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story 2023
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my StorySally M Nangala MuldaINSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story
INSTALLATION VIEW ‘Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story2023
Sally M Nangala Mulda 'Still Here : Living at this Town Camp, Painting at this Art Centre, Telling my Story'

Sally M Nangala Mulda was born at Erldunda, then her family lived at Maryvale, now Tapatjatjaka (Titjikala Community), and currently resides in Mpwetyerre (Abbott’s Town Camp) by Lherre Mparntwe (Todd River).

Sally paints her stories, shared by many Indigenous Australians, with emotional and political honesty and humour. Her figurative paintings depict the lived experience of contemporary town camp life, cataloguing domestic scenes of cooking damper and talking story. Alongside these, Sally presents insights into life since the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention – police pouring out grog and unhoused people camping in the riverbed.

Sally began painting with Tangentyere Artists in 2008 and is now celebrated as a significant contemporary artist, known for her distinctive figurative and colourful painting style. Her work is held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank and the Utrecht Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art collections, as well as many private collections. She has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2021), Sir John Sulman Prize (2023, 2022, 2021, 2019) and Telstra NATSIAA (2024, 2019, 2018, 2012) and Highly Commended in the 42nd and 44th Alice Prize (2022, 2024). Sally and Yarrenyty Arltere artist Marlene Rubuntja were recipients of the 2022 ACMI + Artbank Commission and the resulting body of work is touring nationally.

Sally M Nangala Mulda

Tangentyere Artists, Alice Springs

Born Titjikala Region 1957

Languages Arrernte, Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

  • 'Pay Day', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2023

  • 'Still Here: Living at This Town Camp, Painting at This Art Centre, Telling My Story', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2020

  • 'Remembering Now', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
  • 'Everyday', Raft Artspace Gallery, Alice Springs

2019

  • 'Talking Story, Painting Story', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2018

  • 'No Trouble Here', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2016

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

2013

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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • 'Two Girls from Amoonguna', Australian Centre for Moving Image, Melbourne
  • 'Our Beautiful Home Mparntwe, Alice Springs', Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney

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 Hous

2020

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

2019

  • 'The National: New Australian Art', Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 'Tarnanthi', 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

2018

  • 10th Anniversary Exhibition, EDWINA CORLETTE, 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, University of New South Wales Galleries
  • ‘Desert Dreaming featuring Artworks from 6 Art Centres from Central Australia’, Art Images Gallery, Norwood, South Australia

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, Victoria
  • 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, Western Australia
  • ‘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, Western Australia
  • ‘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, Western Australia
  • ‘Town Camps and Coloured Mission Blankets’, Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • ‘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
  • 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
  • Utrecht Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, The Netherlands
  • University of Queensland, Anthropology Museum
  • University of Queensland Art Museum
  • Araluen Art Centre
  • Deborah Sims & Matt Dickson Collection
  • The Brian Tucker Collection
  • The John Cruthers Collection

May 30, 2024

SALLY M NANGALA MULDA IS A FINALIST FOR THE 2024 SULMAN PRIZE

We are thrilled to announce that Sally M Nangala Mulda has been selected as a finalist in the Sir John Sulman Prize with her work 'Amoonguna long time ago'.

We stay at Amoonguna long time ago. We went on the train to Maryvale.

Sally M Nangala Mulda, 2024

Sally M Nangala Mulda’s work is a form of documentary storytelling. In this painting, she references a time in the 1960s when her family moved to Amoonguna Aboriginal Reserve about 15 kilometres east-south-east of Mparntwe/Alice Springs, so the children could attend school. Sally was born in the camp of Aboriginal stock and station homestead workers on Maryvale cattle station. That camp was recognised as Aboriginal Land in 1978, and the residents have transformed it into the idyllic Titjikala community within easy walking distance of the old homestead.

Tangentyere Artists, 2024

READ MORE HERE

Artwork:

'Amoonguna long time ago' 2024

acrylic on linen

51 x 122 cm

May 26, 2023

SALLY M NANGALA MULDA FEATURING IN ARTBANK + ACMI COMMISSION

Arrernte and Southern Luritja artist Sally M Nangala Mulda alongside Arrernte and Western Arrarnta artist Marlene Rubuntja have developed their practice to be completely recognisable and representative of the place in which they live, Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Working from Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists (art centres), these senior women have established themselves as two of Australia’s leading visual artists.

The third Artbank + ACMI Commission, Two Girls From Amoonguna, encompasses video, soft sculpture and paintings, with the centerpiece the animated work titled Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls.

Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls delves into the reality of First Peoples’ experiences in Central Australia by chronicling the artists’ successes and struggles. The work centres Sally and Marlene’s voices, as well as the voices of their younger family members, who can be heard in the animation. It was made in collaboration with Ludo Studio, the Emmy-award winning production company behind Bluey, Robbie Hood and The Strange Chores, along with script writer Courtney Collins, Left of Elephant Sound and Tangentyere Artists producer Ellanor Webb.

Figures from Marlene’s soft sculptures and Sally’s acrylic on linen paintings star in the animation, embedded on top of Marlene’s ink on paper works of the Central Australian landscape. Bringing together both artists’ practice, Sally’s iconic cursive painted lettering produce the subtitles.

Having grown up at the Amoonguna Settlement outside of Mparntwe/Alice Springs in the early 1960s, the two friends wouldn’t reconnect until much later in life, after both of them had seen their fair amount of hardships; now having achieved so much, they are immensely proud of one another.

Two Girls from Amoonguna is an exhibition about two of Australia’s leading artists and their journey to get there.

Watch Two Girls from Amoonguna HERE

Read more HERE

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 NANGALA MULDA AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES FOR 'THE NATIONAL'
    SALLY M NANGALA MULDA 'REMEMBERING NOW' EXHIBITION
    SALLY MULDA - ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
    SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: BADU GILI feat SALLY MULDA