Joey Nganjmirra

Joey Nganjmirra

Skin name: Nawamud
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Yirridjdja
Clan: Djalama
Dance: Yawkyawk Djang
Date of birth: 1980-07-22
From: Marlwon
Community: Oenpelli : NT
Outstation: Kudjekbinj



Joey Nganjmirra is a storyteller, dancer and cultural ambassador. Amongst the younger generation in Gunbalanya, he is one of those who have taken on the task of carrying on the Stories.
Many of his works are driven by narrative, with figures in different stages of a story compressed into a single scene. Others include strong graphic forms, often overlayed and woven into complex designs. His works are primarily figurative, but the interlocking figures sometimes tend towards abstraction and he also produces abstract works based on ceremonial patterns. A look through his works reveals a broad range of stories and original compositions rivalled by few other artists at Injalak.
His Mamam (maternal grandfather) Mirndabal Manakgu was from Mangardubu, and he has many stories from this area north of Gunbalanya such as Wulwunj.
Joey Nganjmirra is part of a rich artistic family (Nganjmirra) and clan group (Djalama). He is a member of the Karrbarda dance troupe which often performs at festivals as well as local ceremonies. He is the son of Rachael Manakgu and Steven Nganjmirra. 

Group exhibitions

  • 2020 The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles, Fralin Museum, University of Virginia
  • 2015 Dolobbo Injalak bark exhibition, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Gabriella Roy
  • 2013 Injalak Arts Exhibition, Better World Arts, Port Adelaide
  • 2007 Ochre Paintings from Western Arnhem Land, Batchelor Institute Coomalie NT
  • 2007 Art from Western Arnhem Land, Ochre Gallery Melbourne,VIC- Feature artist
  • 2007 The Injalak Hill Suite, Abiriginal & Pacific Art Gallery Danks St,Sydney NSW
  • 2006 24th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT Darwin, NT
  • 2005 Art from the Stone Country, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin


  • Dennis Scholl-USA


  • Finalist in Ramsay Art prize, Art gallery South Australia, 2017