In Memoriam – Dr B Marika AO

Yolngu woman, Dr B Marika, who died suddenly in July 2021 was awarded the Order of Australia in 2020. A recognised cultural leader, she was one of Australia’s outstanding artists.

Dr B Marika served on many cultural and arts boards, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Bangarra Dance Theatre. She was a key advocate for visual artists’ rights: involved in a 1994 landmark case when the Federal Court awarded her (and seven other artists/estates) $185,000 damages against a company which ripped off their works (Carpet Case) and was one of the artists who campaigned to establish VISCOPY.

For more information about her art practice, contribution to the community and career highlights see