Dorothy Milinti May

Date of Birth: c.1950

Language: Walmajarri

Country: Cherrabun

"I was born at old Cherrabun Station along the Fitzroy River. At an early age my mother and father took me on a wagon all around Yakanarra, this is my country too. When I grow up big I went to work at the old Cherrabun station for kartiya, washing and cleaning. Sometimes I would go bush to get away. This is where I learnt to make damper and tea. This was when I was single girl. After this time I met my husband Tommy May, we were friends first. We have six children I work at Karrayili Adult Education Centre learning to read and write. I have been painting for a long time."

Exhibition History

1996 Broken Promises Tandanya, Adelaide

1995 National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT

1996 Heritage Commission Art Award Selected to hang Old Parliament House, Canberra

2000 Heritage Commission Art Award Selected to hang Old Parliament House, Canberra

2001 Ngurrara Canvas National Gallery of Australia

2001 Mangkaja Arts Ten Years On Mangkaja’s 10 year Anniversary Show Tandanya, Adelaide

2002 Group Show Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2002 Group Show Short Street Gallery, Broome

2003 Ten Mangkaja Women Raft Artspace, Darwin

2004 7 Artists, Gadfly Gallery, Perth

2009 Brigitte Braun Gallery, Melbourne, Luka (Mud), a joint exhibition by husband and wife, Tommy and Dorothy May.


1995 Winner Telstra Prize, best work on paper National Aboriginal Art Award Publications


1995 12th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition Catalogue

1998 Jila Painted Waters of the Great Sandy Desert Video Documentary / SBS Television

2000 Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art Oxford University Press & ANU

2000 Karrayili The history of Karrayili Adult Education Centre IATSIS Canberra

2001 Painting Up Big, The Ngurrara Canvas Kaltja Now National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya