Kathy Inkamala

Skin name: Nungala
Language: Western Arrarnta
Date of birth: 1968-01-08
From: Hermannsburg
Community: Alice Springs : NT
Outstation: Hermannsburg



Kathy is a Western Arrarnta woman, born at the Hermannsburg mission, and now living in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Kathy’s grandmother is Albert Namatjira’s sister, and Dellina Inkamala, who also paints at Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre is Kathy’s niece. When Kathy was a child, growing up, she used to look at her father Cliford Inkamala, a successful watercolour artist, paint landscape watercolours. Kathy’s mother was a crafty woman, she sawed, used croshades, and produced placemats from native bean seeds for decoration. Kathy decided when she was younger that she would like to continue this artistic tradition. Today, she is inspired by native bush flowers and bush tucker in the Northern Territory area. In 2017 Kathy obtained a certificate 4 in visual art from the Batchelor institute.

Kathy says about herself:  I am very keen to improve my skills as a watercolourists. When I finish to paint a watercolour painting I feel very proud about my work. The country I paint is important to me because it’s my father’s country.

Special Projects:

2019 Lumen Prints Workshop with AGNSW, Sydney, NSW

2019 Cicada press etching workshop, Sydney, NSW

Group exhibitions

  • 2021
    Arrkurla nakala kurunga lyaata-ntama (Before and Now), South Australian Museum, Adelaide SA
  • 2020
    Homeless on my Homeland, NIRIN 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 2019
    Tjina Nurna-ka, Pmarra Nurn-kanha, Itla Itla Nurn-kanha (Our family, our country, our legacy), Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA
  • 2019
    Pmarra Nurna-Kananhala untha-lapp-urma (Walking through country), Hazelhurst Art centre, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2018
    Vivien Anderson Gallery, VIC
  • 2016
    Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • 2016
    Abducted!, Alcaston Gallery, VIC


  • 2018 Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2019 Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Sydney
  • 2016 National Museum of Australia (NMA)
  • 2016 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
  • 2016 UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
  • 2019, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  • 2018 Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD


  • 2018
    35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum Art Gallery NT. Winner, Works On Paper