Annabel Amagula is an important senior artist from Angurugu Community on Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpenteria in Northern Australia. Highly skilled in traditional fibre crafts, she is a master string maker and weaver who teaches younger generations to keep cultural knowledge strong.
Her teaching extends to National and International audiences, when she facilitates ghost net weaving workshops in many different places , including at festivals, schools and universities. She recently participated in an artist in residence program in Indonesia where she delivered workshops and developed new works to communicate and creatively address environmental issues affecting sea life and coastal communities in Australia and Indonesia. Recent developments in her teaching include working with online audiences as a part of the 2020 Darwin Aboriginal Artfair.
“I grew up in Angurugu, I grew up with my father and mother, when I was 6 year old I would sit and watch my grandmother make bush bags from pandanas. When I was 10 I started making baskets. When I was 12 my great great grandmother would take us out to collect the colours for pandanas, that’s how I learned, from my elders.
I used to watch my father paint and I learned to paint copying my father.
When we at the art fair (DAAF) and I see everyone going crazy for our t-shirts and scarf, I feel happy and proud. It comes from our country, I like wearing it and it’s good they like wearing it too”
Selected Career Highlights
2018 Finalist, Woollhara Small Sculpture Art Prize, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2018 Finalist, National And Torres Strait Islander Awards, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2017 Akaburrakajinama , Aboriginal Bush Traders, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2017 Mukalabena Baskets, Aboriginal Bush Traders, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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