Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty


Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty was born at Tennant Creek 500km north of Alice Springs in 1972. Helen spent most of her childhood at Nauiyu Nambiyu Community (Daly River), which is situated 230km south of Darwin, NT.

Helen studied teaching, initially at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory and then completed her degree at Deakin University in 1994.

During her time at university Helen began painting and this is where her art career started to evolve. In 1993, she was already involved in her first art festival. Her painting continued to develop after moving into teaching full time. For 10 years she successfully combined a job as a teacher in remote communities with her painting activities.

Helen’s first solo exhibition was in Melboune in 2006 and further solo and group exhibitions there, in Sydney and in Perth have quickly followed. In August 2007, Helen was honoured to receive the People's Choice Award at the 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for her painting Tyemeny Liman's Wutinggi (Grandpa Harry's Canoe). Helen was also a finalist at the 2008 Telstra Awards.

Helen now devotes herself to painting full time. She spends her time in her community at Bulgul, on the coast between Daly River and Darwin and with her family, including fellow artist Kerry Madawyn McCarthy, in Darwin.

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