Barbara Mbitjana Moore | Artist Profile

Details of Barbara Mbitjana Moore


Mbitjana is a 'skin name' not common to the Pitjantjatjara people - Barbara grew up in Ti Tree and moved to Amata to live with her husband. Barbara is an Aboriginal senior health worker for Nganampa Health. She works in a full time position at Atama Clinic and also commits to her painting practice working at the artcentre on a daily basis. Barbara first began to paint at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) in April 2003.

Group Exhibitions
2017 Outstation Gallery, Tjala Tjukurrpa
2017 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2017 Short St Gallery, Broome, Kulini - Listen
2016 Short St Gallery, Broome, Ngayuku ngura - My Country
2016 Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, 33rd TELSTRA AWARDS
2015 Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, 32nd TELSTRA AWARDS
2015 Short St Gallery, Broome, Kwarila Tjunguringanyi - All Together Now
2015 Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, Tjintu Wiru - Beautiful Day
2014 Short St Gallery, Broome, These are the stories we teach our children
Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs - Desert Mob
2014 Paul Johnstone Gallery in association with Darwin Festival - Salon des Refues
2014 Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory - 31st Telstra National Indigenous Art Award Finalist
2014 Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney - Paintings from the Heart of Amata Country
2014 Out Station Gallery Darwin - Tjala-nga Tjara - Its all about Tjala
2014 Red Dot Gallery Singapore - Tjintu kuwaritja wiru mulapa
2013 Araleun Galleries, Alice Springs - Desert Mob
2013 Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory - 30th Telstra National Indigenous Art Award Finalist
2013 Outstation Gallery Darwin - APY Lands Survey Exhibition
2013 Aboriginal & Pacific Art - Sydney - 2013 Tjukurpa nganampu kunpu kanyintjaku : stories that keep culture strong
2013 Outstation Gallery Darwin - Kunpu Pulka – Strong and Important
2013 Marshall Arts Gallery Adelaide - Manta wirunya mulapa. This beautiful Earth.
2013 Chapman Gallery, Canberra - New Work Tjala Arts
2013 Marshall Arts, Adelaide - Manta Wirunya Mulapa- This Beautiful Earth
2012 Outstation Gallery, Darwin - From Home and Returning Home
2012 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne - Tjala 2012
2012 Araleun Galleries, Alice Springs - Desert Mob Exhibition
2012 Marshall Arts - New Work Tjala Arts
2012 Adelaide - Visions of country: a Seymour College Art Exhibition
2012 Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney - Tjungu Kutju-tu- Together as One
2012 Short Street Broome - APY All Stars
2007 Harrison Galleries, Sydney - Colours from our country
2006 Kluge-Ruhe, University of Virginia, USA - Tjala Arts
2006 Art Images, Adelaide - Tjala Arts: SALA Festival
2005 Art Images, Adelaide - Minymaku Arts: SALA Festival
2004 Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide - Looking after country: Manta Atunymankunytja
2003 Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, USA - Minymaku Arts – Exhibition of Fabrics



2012 'Indigenous Art Award Becalmed in Stagnant Waters' Nicholas Rothwell, The Australian, 13 August
2012 'The 29th NATSIAAs' Jeremy Eccles, Aboriginal Art Directory, 10 August
2012 'The Art Awards 2012' Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye, 12 August

2017 Finalist, Wynne Prize
2015 Telstra Prize Finalist
2012 Painting Prize, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

Artworks of Barbara Mbitjana Moore