Malya Teamay

Malya Teamay
ResidenceMuṯitjulu, Northern Territory
Occupation • Artist at Walkatjara Art Uluṟu
 • Board member of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
Years active1985 – present
OrganizationMaruku Arts
StyleWestern Desert art
ChildrenArnold Teamay (born 1971)
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Malya Teamay of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, serving as a member of the its Board of Management.[1][2] As an artist, Teamay works for Walkatjara Art Uluṟu. This art centre is part of the Uluṟu–Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre located inside the national park.[3] Examples of Teamay's paintings are held in the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art,[4] and the Museum of Victoria.[5]

Teamay was born in 1947, at Curtin Springs, a cattle station in the southwest of the Northern Territory. His family was Pitjantjatjara. He grew up at Uluṟu, Areyonga and Ernabella.[5] He worked as a stockman for most of his early life.[6] Teamay moved to Muṯitjulu after it was established in the mid-1980s. He began painting soon after,[5] originally as a way of telling others about the history of his people.[6] His first painting was about the problem of petrol sniffing. He has made several different versions of this painting since.[5]

Like most other artists from this region, Teamay also paints the Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found. associated with his country. These are stories about his spiritual ancestors from the Dreamtime and their journeys across the land. Teamay's paintings focus on the Seven Sisters, and the Liru and Kuniya Dreamings.[5] His work Tjukurpa of Uluṟu is pictured on the admission tickets to the park. It depicts the spiritual law associated with Uluṟu.[7] The other subjects he commonly paints are stories from the Australian gold rush,[5] social problems faced by his community, and the effects of destructive habits on the environment.[6]

Malya is a very active member of the Aboriginal community and has travelled widely around Australia to speak on Anangu issues.[5] He has also served as the chairman of the Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal Corporation, which governs employment, educational and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in the southwestern Northern Territory.


  1. "Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management". Government Online Directory. Austraian Government. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  2. "Uluṟu–Kata Tjuṯa National Park Visitor Guide" (PDF). Australian Government, Parks Australia. p. 6. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. "Walkatjara Art Uluru". Australian Art Collector. Magnesium Media. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  4. "Teamay, Malya". Collection Search. Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Johnson, Vivien (1994). "Malya Teamay". Dictionary of Australian Artists Online. University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
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  7. "Aṉangu art". Uluṟu - Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Parks Australia. Retrieved 8 January 2013.