Dawn Wheeler Ngala

Dawn Wheeler Ngala

Skin name:NgalaLanguage:Luritja, Western ArrarntaDate of birth:1953-01-12From:HermannsburgCommunity:Ntaria : NT

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Thepa ntjaarra (birds) by Dawn Wheeler Ngala
Thepa Mapa (brds) by Dawn Wheeler Ngala

Biography

Dawn was born in 1953 in Hermannsburg. She is the daughter of Pastor Peter Buller, a Lutheran missionary of whom she has fond memories of, and recalls learning to make music sticks from him. 

Dawn married in 1970 and has two daughters, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They live at their outstation near Ntaria – Rrirrkathathaka (Red Sand Hill).

Dawn draws on the landscape around her, her love of her father’s country, who’s memory has inspired her to maintain links to her Luritja hertiage through her art practice.

Dawn is a precise and methodical potter, and her sytle has been noted for her considered figurative story telling.

1997 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

1998 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

1998 Hermannsburg Potters, National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1999 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

1999 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2000 Hermannsburg Potters: Aranda Artists of Central Australia, New Parliament House, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

2000 Women’s Work – Our Imagination in the Bowls, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2000 This Earth For Us, Commonwealth Institute, London, England

2000 Hermannsburg Pots, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

2001 Pmara Nunakana Larkama – Our Sparkling Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2001 Nunaka Pmara Mara Inthorra – Our Beautiful Country, DESART Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2001 Pots, Prints and Paintings, Indigenart, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

2002 Nanah Etatha Nunaka – This is Our Life, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2002 Pmara Nunakana – Our Country, Indigenart, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

2002 Pmara Nunaka, Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia

2002 Hermannsburg Potters, Thornquest Gallery, Southport, Queensland, Australia

2002 Seeing the Centre: The Art of Albert Namatjira, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

2003 Hermannsburg Potters in Paint, Thornquest Gallery, Southport, Queensland, Australia

2003 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2005 Aranda Landscapes 2005, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2005 Arrkutja Wurra, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2005 Hermannsburg Pottery, Painting Exhibition, Bandigan Art Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2005 The Desert Mob Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2006 Pmara Nurnaka Etata – Our Land is Alive, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2006 Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2006 Iltja nurnaka Urrkaapuma – From Our Hands, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2006 Hermannsburg Potters, Bandigan Art Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2006 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2007 The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2007 Classic Ceramics and Oil Paintings, Bandigan Art Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Hermannsburg Potters 2011 – Stories from Clay, Australia

2007 Hermannsburg Life, Craft Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2007 24th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2007 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia 2007 Indigenous Ceramics, SoFa Chicago, United States of America

2008 Nanah Etatha Nuka – This is our Life, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2009 Iltja Nunaka Orkapurna Ntari – Hand-made from Hermannsburg, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2010 Themes of the Central Desert: New ceramics by the Hermannsburg Potters, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2011 Desert Mob 2011, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia 2011 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2012 Desert Mob 2012, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia 2012 Hermannsburg Potters 2012. All Things Clay, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2013 Air Born, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia

2013 The Hermannsburg Potters – New Hand-built Pots & Sculpture, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2014 Hermannsburg Potters – New Marks, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2015 Our Land is Alive – Hermannsburg Potters for Kids, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2016 Provenance Does Matter – The Collectors’ Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2016 Pmara – Country, Home, Map, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2016 Provenance Does Matter – Living with Contemporary Art II, Alcaston Gallery at Gallery 369, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

2016 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2016 Ltharta, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2017 Clay Stories, Sabbia Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia

2017 Time and Tide, Alcaston Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.

2017 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2017 Irna: Trees, Alcaston Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2017 Clay Stories, Seppeltsfield, South Australia, Australia

2018 Clay Stories, Araluen Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Australia.

2018 Lurpa, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Major Commissions:

1994 Mural for the Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1996 Relief tile murals for main entrance and throughout the Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory,

Collections 

University of Technology Queensland 

University of New South Wales

Parliament House

Kerry Stokes Collection

Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies

Gordon Darling Foundation

National Gallery of Australia

Queensland Art Gallery  

National Portrait Gallery

National Gallery of Victoria