Molly Miller | Artist Profile

Details of Molly Miller



Molly (Nampitjin) Miller was born 'a bush baby', circa 1948. She grew up in the Warburton mission for her schooling and lived in a dormitory with all the other girls. Her family stayed in the camp at the mission. She married and her husband took her back to Amata where she stayed and had five children. Mrs Miller is a strong and founding figure for Ninuku and a respected elder within Kalka community. She comes from a strong artistic family, her brother and sister are Pantjiti Mary Mclean, Jimmy Donegan and Elaine Lane from Blackstone.

She was one of the first women to learn basket making at the NPY Womens Council workshop in 1995 and has been a prolific weaver ever since. She is credited with introducing raffia to stitch baskets in place of jute string or wool. Raffia is now the most commonly used binding material in baskets.

Molly's work demonstrates a high level of skill and expertise. Her baskets are large and evenly shaped and coiled. She has an eye for decoration often creating striped patterns with the coloured raffia and sometimes adding seeds and feathers. She has been making sculptures for a number of years and is famed for her large solid long legged ngintaka. Molly has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions within Australia. Molly is also a strong leader in her small community and is active on many councils. Her two sisters are the famous painter Pantjiti Maclean and fibre artist and painter Elaine Lane.

Group Exhibitions

2017 - Jimmy Donegan and Company, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2017 - Jimmy Donegan and Ninuku Artists
2016 - Ninuku Tjuta
2016 - Desart Mob, Araluen
2016 - Kala ngura ngayuku Colours of my home/country
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2015 - Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs
2015 - Araluen
2014 - Ninuku Womens Show, Tunbridge Gallery, Perth
2014 - Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre
2013 - Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2013 - Ninuku Group Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2012 - INMA Our Ceremony, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2012 - APY Lands Emerging Exhibition, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs
2012 - Kulina Inma: Listen to Song, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
2012 - One Song, Different Tune, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York
2012 - Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2011 - The Western APY Lands, Art Kelch Touring Exhibition, Germany
2011 - Desert Mob 2011, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2011 - Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a beautiful place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2011 - Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond, Adelaide
2011 - The Shared Language of Paint, Exhibition of works from Ildiko Kovacs Residency, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2011 - Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa - Yangi Yangi Fox and Ninuku Arts, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2010 - Kulunypa Tjuta Paintamilani: Lots of Small Paintings, Short Street Gallery (as part of CIAF), Boland Centre, Cairns
2010 - Warka Kuwari Walkatjunanyi: New Paintings by the Artists of Ninuku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2010 - Women and Colour, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2010 - Desert Mob 2010, Araluen, Alice Springs
2009 - Ninuku Artists Ngintaka Tjukurpa: Perentie Lizard Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery
2009 - Alwarawara: Side By Side; Artists from Ninuku Arts, Tjungu Palya and Tjala Arts; Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2008 - Ninuku Arts Inaugural Sydney Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2008 - Ninuku Tjukurpa - Bilby Dreaming, Ninuku Arts Group Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2008 - Darlings of the Desert, Putipul Gallery, Noosa
2008 - Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2008 - Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2007 - Skin on Skin, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra
2007 - APY Lands show, Australia Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne
2007 - Community in Focus, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2004 - The Womens Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne


Art Bank Collection
Flinders University Art Museum
Peter Klein Collection, Germany
The Merenda Collection


2009 - Dr Ross Moore, ‘Ninuku Artists: Perentie Lizard Dreaming’, Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 2 June 2009.
2011 - Jane O'Sullivan, 'Artists from the APY Lands travel to Germany' Australian Art Collector, April 2011
2011 - Artlink Indigenous Issue, Western APY Lands 'Boutique' Art to Europe, Volume 31 June 2011
2011 - Western APY exhibition catalogue, Art Kelch, Germany
2011 - Exhibition Invitation cover, Ngura Wirukanyanku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2011 - 'Shared Language of Paint' editorial and image, ArtMonthly, Issue 240, June 2011
2011 - Emily McCulloch Childs Blog, Desert Mob 2011, September 2011
2012 - Canberra Times, Black, White and Beautiful by Sasha Grishin, February 27 2012
2012 - Nganampa Ngura Catalogue, Essay by Claire Eltringham, May 2012
2012 - Roads Cross, Contemporary Directions in Australia Art, Introduction by Fiona Salmon & Vivonne Thwaites, Flinders University Press, June 2012
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Catalogue Essay by Nici Cumpston (AGSA), May 2012
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012), June 24
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog,Ancestral Modern in Seattle and Ninuku in New York, May 27
2012 - Australian Consulate General (USA), Feature, June 2012
2012 - NAISA, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show in New York City by Willie Brown, Saturday May 19 2012
2012 - PRI's The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art Exhibit Gives Power To Indigenous Australians by Marlon Bishop, July 4 2012
2012 - Sun Valley Property News, Art Scene, Harvey Art Projects Goes Coast to Coast, May 2012
2012 - Kluge-Ruhe, Aboriginal Art Collection of University of Virginia, News Piece, May 2012
2012 - APY Art Bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012
2012 - Anglo info, Art and Exhibitions in Singapore, Singapore Event: 'Nganampa Ngura' (Our Place), 26 April 2012
2012 -, Nganampa Ngura (Our Place)- Senior men and women's paintings about their home country, ReDot Gallery 14 April 2012

Artworks of Molly Miller