Bridget Napangardi Williams

Bridget Napangardi Williams



Bridget Napangardi Williams was born in 1960 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She has two sisters, Gayle Napangardi Gibson and Deborah Napangaardi Williams, also artists from Warlukurlangu Art Centre. Bridget is married to Walala Japaljarri and has one daughter Clarissa.

Bridget attended the local school in Yuendumu before attending Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding school located in Alice Springs. When she finished schooling she returned to Yuendumu. In the late 1980s Bridget moved to Nyirripi, an outstation a further 150 km north-west of Yuendumu. Bridget painted intermittently between 1989 and 2008, probably due to lack of canvas and paint, but since 2009 has been painting consistently with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. Warlukurlangu recognized the need to service the community and since 2005 has visited Nyirripi, usually on a weekly basis to drop off canvas, brushes and paint and pick up completed artwork.

Bridget learnt to paint by watching her parents and her big sister, who have all passed away, paint. “I like painting my dreaming.” She paints her father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreaming which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and his father’s father before him for millennia.

Bridget likes living in Nyirripi, “it is a good place to live.” She likes going bush and hunting for goanna, emu, bush turkey and kangaroo.