Sally Murray

Sally Murray is a Girramay/Jirrbal Elder of the Davidson Creek area. She lives at the Jumbun Community at Murray Upper.

She is a skilled weaver of the traditional gundala basket, a coil basket made with a split lawyer cane, and the traditional small grass mindi basket. Sally is also an emerging painter and potter and she draws on her feeling for the landscape to visually express the landscape and stories of her cultural heritage.

Sally passes on her traditional knowledge to her grandchildren and other members of the Jumbun community through weaving workshops in the community.

The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, based in Cardwell, represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups, the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulgnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people.

The traditional country of these groups covers some 25,000 square kilometres, from north of Townsville, south-west to Clarke River, north to the Mission Beach area, west to Ravenshoe and east to include Hinchinbrook and the Family Group Islands.

Djumbunji Press, through collaborative printer Bobbie Ruben, delivered workshops in screen printing at the Girringun Art Centre as a means of providing practical support to the artists after many suffered devastating losses as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi. The resultant exhibition, Gijalordi, explores the local Kingfisher story.
Mater Hospital Art Collection, Brisbane Qld.
Group Exhibitions
2005 The Woven Purpose, CQ Gallery, Brisbane, Qld Premiers Cabinet Display
2006 Wabu-barra: Art from the Rainforest, Townsville Cultural Centre, Townsville Qld.
2008 Jettison Wove, Craft Queensland, Brisbane Qld.
2008-9 Blak Roots, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns Qld.
2009 Jettison Wove, Craft Qld Travelling Exhibition, Qld.
2009 Girringun, Gallerysmith, Melbourne Vic.
2009 Yaiyn Bulai Jamanjarran, Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre, Cardwell Qld.
2009 Three Hundred and Thirty, Gallerysmith, Melbourne Vic.
2009-10 Mundi – Together, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Cardwell Qld.
2010 Girringun Yunggul One Together, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane Qld.
2011 Bunyaydinyu Bagu, Merenda Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 Bagu with Jiman, Indigenous Ceramic Art Award Exhibition, Shepperton Vic.
2011 Across Country Five Years of Indigenous Australian Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Qld.
2011 Queensland Rail Brisbane to Cairns Tilt Train, Qld

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