Explore the work of Mavis Ngallametta


Enjoy this series of videos exploring the work of Mavis Ngallametta (1944-2019) with Katina Davidson, Curator of Indigenous Australian Art, and co-curator of the exhibition ‘Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home’. Turn up the volume on the walk-through tour, relax, and float away in the beauty of her work.

Mavis Ngallametta made a profound contribution to arts and culture in Australia, and particularly in Queensland, her home state. An elder of the Putch clan and a cultural leader of the Wik and Kugu people of Aurukun, Mavis Ngallametta was one of the most well-regarded senior community-based artists.

Immerse yourself in our walk-through

Ngak-pungarichan (Clearwater)


Early work

Ghost nets

The beach at Iklet

Kendall River

Ikalath #10



‘Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home’ was co-curated by Katina Davidson, Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, QAGOMA and Bruce Johnson McLean, former Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, QAGOMA.

Acknowledgment of Country
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the Gallery stands in Brisbane. We pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present and, in the spirit of reconciliation, acknowledge the immense creative contribution Indigenous people make to the art and culture of this country.

It is customary in many Indigenous communities not to mention the name or reproduce photographs of the deceased. All such mentions and photographs are with permission, however, care and discretion should be exercised.