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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. A strong leader and mentor to Anangu youth in Mimili, Goodwin worked as a preschool teacher at the Mimili Anangu School for thirty years sharing stories through inma, dance and song, and storytelling until she retired in 2009.

Today, Goodwin is the chairperson of Mimili Maku Arts, where she has painted and worked since the center’s foundation, capturing the stories passed on to her in a dynamic and intuitive way. Goodwin practice often depicts Kunga Kutjara, a women's Tjukurpa from Bumbali Creek in the Northern Territory; the Tjala Tjukurpa, the honey ant dreaming story from her mother's Country; or the Maku Tjukurpa of Antara, the Country near Mimili.

Goodwin’s 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, Darwin in 2018 and 2022; the John Leslie Art Prize at the Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria in 2020; and, the Arthur Guy Memorial Art Award, at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria in 2021.

In 2022 Goodwin was awarded the prestigious Hadley’s Art Prize, a significant $100,000 acquisitive Australian landscape prize presented by the Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. In the same year, she was again named as a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and presented new work in an exhibition entitled Malpa Kutjara (Two Friends) at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne alongside work by her friend and contemporary, the late Kunmanara Martin (c. 1963 – 1922).

In 2023 Goodwin was announced as the winner of two highly lauded national prizes, the $50,000 Painting Prize at the 2023 Muswellbrook Art Prize at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in New South Wales and the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, presented by the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. 

© The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2023

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