Bonnie Burarngarra


Bonnie Burangarra belongs to the Burarra / Walamangu people and is a internationally celebrated fibre artist. Bonnie grew up, and continues to live, on her ancestral country at Yilan in the Cape Stewart area. She is a Traditional owner of Yilan as well as Yurrwi (Milingimbi Island).

Bonnie and her late husband Jacky Maranbarra are two of few remaining Master Anguchechiya (fish trap) makers. Examples of their work are held in many public and private collections. Bonnie also makes beautiful gulukurr (bathi or dilly bags) and Bamagral nanmarra (conical mat with functions including wrapping or covering babies, womens skirt or covering for young girls during coming of age ceremony).

Bonnie has the wisdom, strength and gentleness of a women that has spent her entire life living on her homeland with her ancestral culture engrained in her everyday life. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively and Bonnie is represented by both Maningrida Arts and Milingimbi Art and Culture. 


Burarra, Yan-nhaŋu




Maningrida : NT







Date of birth




Artwork media

Pandanus Coiled Basket, Pandanus Mat, Manbudbud Bush String Bag, Pandanus Dilly Bag, Artefact

Past Exhibitions


  • 2020
    Lake Art Prize 2020, The Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie
  • 2020
    Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2020, Online
  • 2017
    Into the Water curated by Maningrida Arts & Culture, Tactile Arts, Darwin, NT
  • 2016
    NAISDA 40th Anniversary Auction, Auction night at Carriageworks, Sydney
  • 2008
    2008 Maningrida arts, Maningrida Arts, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2008
    2008 Maningrida survey, Maningrida survey show, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2008
    2008 Interwoven, Interwoven, Indigenart, Perth, WA
  • 2008
    Palya Art, Palya Art at Mary Place, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    2007 Journeys, Journeys, Outback Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2007
    2007 Spirit in variation, Spirit in variation, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2006
    our home, Our home: CDU Art Collection, CDU, Darwin, NT
  • 2006
    2006 Peter Bailie, Peter Bailie Art Award, Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, SA
  • 2004
    2004 Hogarth galleries, Bark paintings, carvings and fibre works from Maningrida, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2004
    2004 an-gujechiya, An-gujechiya -fish trap-, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
  • 2004
    2004 Divas of the desert, Divas of the desert: Maningrida, Minymaku, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2004
    2004 Maningrida fibre art, Maningrida Fibre Art, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
  • 2003
    2003 Threads of time, Threads of time, Burrinja gallery, Upwey, VIC
  • 2003
    2003 20th Telstra national Abortiginal & Torres Strait Islander Art award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 2003
    2003 Bark paintings, sculpture and fibre work by the Maningrida women artists, Bark paintings, sculpture and fibre work by Maningrida women artists,Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2003
    2003 weave, Federation Centre for the arts, Bundoora Homestead, VIC, Weave, Federation Centre for the Arts, Bundoora Homestead, VIC
  • 2002
    2002 Weave, NTU Gallery, Darwin, NT, Weave, NTU Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 1998
    1998, Interwoven: Fibre Art from Australia and the Pacific Flinders Art Museum, Interwoven: Fibre Art from Australia and the Pacific Flinders Art Museum Campus Gallery, The Flinders University of South Australia, SA
  • 1998
    1998, Maningrida Weavings, Maningrida Weavings Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT


  • Myer Foundation, Melbourne, VIC
  • Charles Darwin University Art Collection
  • Macquarie Bank Art Collection