Ninney Murray

Ninney MurrayGirramay / Jirrbal Traditional Owner
Painter and Weaver

Ninney Murray identifies herself as a Girramay and Jirrbal Traditional Owner of the Davidson Creek area. Ninney lives at the Jumbun Community at Murray Falls, north-west of Cardwell and she is an Elder of her people.

WEAVING: Ninney is an expert weaver of all the traditional basket types created by the Girramay and Jirrbal people. Traditional styles include, the Jawun bicornal lawyer cane basket, the Burrajingal, a square-based lawyer cane basket, the Gundala, a coiled lawyer cane basket and the traditional grass mindi basket. Ninney also creates traditional eel traps wungarr, used to trap fresh water eels in the creek. Her weaving skills were passed down by her Aunty. Today Ninney continues to pass her weaving skills and traditional knowledge to her people through weaving workshops.

PAINTING: Ninney is an emerging painter whose work captures the stories of the old people, her connection to country and the environments of her childhood. Her work provides a visual expression of culture.

2011-2 Across Country five years of Indigenous Australian art, GOMA QLD
2011 Bunyaydinyu bagu, Merenda Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 QR Tilt Train, Art + place, Launched Cairns September 2011
2010 Girringun at Canopy, Canopy Art Space, Cairns
2010 Pay Attention, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2010 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards Exhibiton, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
2010 Girringun Yunggul – One Together, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2009-10 Mundi – Together, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre
2009 Three hundred and thirty, GallerySmith, Melbourne
2009 Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art, Queensland Art Gallery
2009 Yaiyn Bulai Jamanjarran, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre
2009 Girringun, GallerySmith, Melbourne
2009 Jettison Wove, M&GS Travelling Exhibition
2008-9 Blak Roots, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns
2008 Mater Hospital Collection, Brisbane
2008 Jettison Wove, Craft Queensland, Brisbane
2006 Wabu-barra: Art from the Rainforest, Townsville Cultural Centre
2005 The Woven Purpose, CQ Gallery, Brisbane, Qld Premiers Cabinet Display


Ninney Murray’s work is included in a number of private and institutional collections including the Queensland Art Gallery.