Noreen Hudson

Language: Western Arrarnta
Date of birth: 1947-09-13
Community: Alice Springs



Noreen is a Western Aranda woman from the Hermannsburg Community. Noreen’s grandmother was Albert Namatjira’s sister. Her father was artist Gerhardt Inkamala and her brother was Linberg Inkamala. Her father used to paint the sunrise, sunset, Kangaroos, and emus. Her family used to paint with Albert Namatjira. During School Holidays Noreen and her family would travel to the little town of Alice Springs and play with their cousins Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka and other Namatjira family members. The children used to watch the adults paint. Noreen also remembers white people coming to see Albert Namatjira and buying paintings off him.

Noreen’s description of the artists in her family: Our Uncle is Adolf Inkamala, he was a watercolour artist. Vanessa Inkamala’s (artist at Iltja Ntjarra) father was Edmund Inkamala. Our young uncle was Russell Inkamala, Sophia Inkamala’s (artist at Iltja Ntjarra) father was Clifford Inkamala. They all were watercolour artists from the same mum & dad. They all learnt how to paint from their uncle Albert.

Noreen is a senior potter and has enjoyed a prosperous career with the Hermannsburg Potters. Her artworks belong to many prominent art collections including the NGV collection in Victoria. Noreen is an emerging watercolour artist and is improving her landscape painting skills as she paints alongside the Namatjira family at Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre. Her sisters Clara Inkamala and Kathleen France also paint at the art centre sharing stories and ideas with her.

Group exhibitions

  • 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
  • 2019
    Pmarra Nurna-Kananhala untha-lapp-urma (Walking through country), Hazelhurst Art centre, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2018
    The Endurance Of Bush Medicine, Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne, VIC
  • 2017
    What if this photograph is by Albert Namatjira?, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide SA
  • 2016
    UNALIENABLE, Sullivan + Strumpf Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2016
    Abducted!, Alcaston Gallery, VIC


  • 2019 Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW
  • 2016 National Museum of Australia (NMA), Canberra, ACT
  • 2016, National Gallery Victoria (NGV), Melbourne
  • 2018 Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, SA
  • 2018 Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne, VIC
  • 2020 Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD