Colleen Wallace Nungarrayi

My country is called Arnumarra, that is my grandfather’s country… Colleen is well known for her Dreamtime Sisters, dancing Awelye (women's ceremony), protecting country…

Region: Eastern Desert

DOB: 1973

Place of Birth: Santa Teresa, NT

Significant Countries: Arnumarra, Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa)

Language: Eastern Arrernte

Communities: Santa Teresa, NT, Utopia, NT

Living in Utopia with her husband Colin Bird (who is the son of renowned artist Ada Petyarre) and children, Colleen Wallace is renown for her series of Dreamtime Sisters works, a style which are associated with the Keringke artists of Santa Teresa and made famous by her aunt Kathleen Wallace, who passed permission to paint this style to Colleen. 

Born in Santa Teresa, Colleen’s country is called Arnumarra, which is her grandfather’s country, who is Kenny Tilmouth Panangka and who gave her the rights to paint the Yam Dreaming. The Yam Dreaming story links through to the country of Ada Bird Petyarre from Mulga Bore, Utopia.

She also painted stories belonging to her father’s country near Gem Tree, north east of Alice Springs. 

Colleen is also well know for her painting series of Dreamtime Sisters that are based on good spirits that the Eastern Arrernte call ‘Irrernte-arenye’. These spirits who are said to be the first people on earth during the creation time, dance the Awelye (women’s ceremony) as they look after and protect Arnumarra (country) and guard the sacred sites.


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