Grown up Sally and Marlene - Still from Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls - Sally M Nangala and Marlene Rubuntja, 2023
Still from Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls (Sally M Nangala and Marlene Rubuntja, 2023)
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Two Girls from Amoonguna

Two artists recount their intertwining journeys of friendship and resilience in the Central Desert through the medium of animation.

Two Girls From Amoonguna is an exhibition featuring new work by Arrernte and Southern Luritja artist Sally M Nangala Mulda and Western Arrarnta artist Marlene Rubuntja. It recounts their intertwining stories of friendship and resilience in the Central Desert.

Encompassing video, soft sculptures, and paintings, the centerpiece animation, Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls, was made in collaboration with Ludo Studio (Bluey, Robin Hood, and The Strange Chores) and is the third Artbank + ACMI Commission.

Sally and Marlene’s practice is representative of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), where they live. Playful, self-referential, and humorous, their work embodies the politics, history, and culture of Mparntwe and its surrounding town camps.

This ACMI Touring exhibition was curated by Jenna Rain Warwick (Luritja).

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

Tour slots available 2026 onwards

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Fast Facts

  • 60-70 running metres / 150–200 sqm
  • 1 projection, Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls + equipment
  • 6 paintings by Sally M Nungala Mulda
  • 12 soft sculptures by Marlene Rubuntja
  • Marketing kit and visual identity
  • Education kit created by FLENK Collective

Tour Schedule

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, VIC
16 Dec 2023 – 28 Mar 2024

Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, NSW
11 Apr – 2 Jun 2024

Musuem of Art and Culture, NSW
10 Aug 2024 – 13 Oct 2024

Araluen Arts Centre, NT
1 Nov 2024 – 27 Jan 2025

Hyphen Wodonga, VIC
14 Feb – 11 May 2025

Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
14 Jun – 24 Aug 2025

Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre, SA
5 Sep – 16 Nov 2025

Redcliffe Art Gallery, QLD
29 Nov 2025 – 8 Feb 2026

Gladstone Regional Gallery, QLD
14 Feb – 25 Apr 2026

Salt Water Gallery, WA
8 May – 21 Jun 2026

In the press

Two Girls From Amoonguna | Tue 9 May – Sun 20 Aug 2023 FREE Exhibition

Exhibition Review: Two Girls From Amoonguna

17 Jul 2023

"Two Girls From Amoonguna is about pushing through adversity and alchemising it into art that speaks to the spirit and joy of life itself."

★★★★1/2, Alex Garay, ArtsHub

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In conversation with Ludo Studio

"It’s such a unique and fulfilling project"

Ludo helps tell story of friendship between First Nations artists.

Sean Slatter, IF Magazine

Car - Still from 'Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls' (2023)

Two Girls From Amoonguna at ACMI

Friendship and resilience in the Central Desert take centre stage in a new animated work by two leading artists from the region.



Other resources

Sally Mnangala Mulda at Tarnanthi, 2019  - photography by Saul Steed

About Sally M Nangala Mulda

Sally M Nangala Mulda was born in Titjikala in 1957, and currently resides in Abbott’s Town Camp by the Todd River in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Her figurative paintings of bold fluid movement, layering of colours and cursive descriptive text candidly depict lived experiences within this camp...

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Marlene Rubuntja holding an echidna she stitched. Photo courtesy of Yarrenyty Arltere Artists

About Marlene Rubuntja

Marlene was born in Mparntwe/Alice Springs in 1961, and grew up at Amoonguna community, east of Alice Springs where she went to school. Rubuntja learned to sew at Yirara College, Mparntwe/Alice Springs, however she only began making soft sculptures at Yarrenyty Arltere in 2009...

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Making Two Girls from Amoonguna - photo by Bec Capp

Making Two Girls from Amoonguna

Get a glimpse at Sally's and Marlene's lives and artistic practice, and learn how they made Two Girls from Amoonguna.

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Campfire - still from Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls

Education Resource

This exhibition kit offers insight into the practice of the artists; a guide to cultural safety and an Acknowledgement of Country; activities for students and teachers for use in the classroom or gallery to connect with the exhibition; and links for further reading and research.

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