Imelda (Yukenbarri) Gugaman Australian, Kulkatja, b. 1954

Imelda walked into old Mission with her mother, accomplished painter Lucy Yukenbarri, as asmall child and lived in the dormitories at the Missionfor a number of years. She was lookedafter by the nuns and has fond memories of thistime. She attended the government school atBalgo and leftschool in 1969. She then lived for a shorttime in Beagle Bay where she mether husband. They started a family there and after her second child they moved back to Balgoand had two more children. She spent a lot oftime with her mother, Lucy, who would explainthe importance of passing on the stories they were painting to the children of the family. WhenImelda’s husband passed away she lived in Mulan for a shorttime and then moved back toBalgo, where she lives now.Imelda is proud to carry on the legacy of the painting style andstories of her mother. As well as painting in the Art Centre every day, Imelda is an activemember of the community and has served on the WarlayirtiBoard of Directors for many years.She has travelled around Australia and overseas with her art, and recently travelled toMelbourne to attend the opening of “Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo” and dance with other Balgoartists at the National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda