Mandy Malbunka

Mandy Malbunka

Language: Western Aranda
Date of birth: 1989-08-06
Community: Alice Springs



Mandy was born in Alice Springs. Her mother comes from Alice Springs and stays in one of the town camps and her father is from Hermannsburg.

In her early years, she has stayed at her father’s place in an outstation named Lyiltjarra near Gilbert Springs. Her first experience in art was to watch and learn from Rhona Panangka Rubuntja, doing pottery at Hermannsburg Potters.

She moved to town when she was 12 and has stayed there since.
She has been doing dot paintings in her early teens and came to Iltja Ntjarra to learn about watercolours. Selma Coulthard has been a strong influence and inspired her to carry on landscape theme. She also introduced it with new themes such as old rusty cars, animals, and local native flora.

Mandy has also been involved in other projects:

  • Hand Painted Hearings with Goose Magpie in 2021
  • Family Connection Exhibition at Ngununggula in 2023
  • Post Office Mural in Alice Springs in 2023
  • Country to Couture, Darwin, 2023
  • Tarnanthi Exhibition, Adelaide, 2023

Group exhibitions

  • 2023
    Museum of Economic Botany, Tarnanthi Adelaide
  • 2023
    Belonging / Tjoritjarinja, Ngununggula Regional Gallery Southern Highlands, Bowral NSW
  • 2023
    Art house Sydney