Nyunmiti Burton

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DOB: 1964
Born: Alice Springs, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pitjantjatjara
COMMUNITY: Amata, SA

Nyunmiti Susan Burton was born in Alice Springs in 1964. She grew up in Pukatja (Ernabella) with her parents, where she attended school. After completing her final school years at Yirara College in Alice Springs, Nyunmiti moved back to Ernabella and began her first job at the arts and crafts centre working with batik.

In 1980, Nyunmiti married and moved to Amata where she began a career as an Aboriginal Education Worker. Nyunmiti trained to become a teacher, completing her degree in 1997.

Nyunmiti is the Vice Chairperson of NPY Women's council and holds a very respected and senior position within her community.

Although very busy working with women's council and teaching Pitjantjatjarra in Adelaide, Nyunmiti has found the time to come back to the arts, where she began her career so many years ago.

Nyunmiti paints her country and is remembering stories passed down to her from her father, mother and grandfather when she paints. She is thinking about how a long time ago they used to look after the country, there was plenty of food and families were happy travelling around from place to place. I heard these stories from my father, mother and grandfathers. I think about the future of the country for the next generation.

Awards

2021 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist
2020 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist
2020 37th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2019 36th NATSIAA Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards - Finalist, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2017 34th Telstra NATSIAA Finalist

History

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Paintings from the Heart of Amata Country, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2014 Tjala-nga Tjara - Itís all about Tjala, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2013 Ngayuku Ngura Group Exhibition in association with Tjala Arts