Mona was painting with Tjurma Arts and Crafts back in 1998. After a long break, she returrned to painting at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) in mid 2003. Mona’s husband, Michael Mitakiki also painted briefly at the art centre. After the death of her husband in May 2005 Mona changed her surname from Mitakiki to Shepherd for cultural reasons – Pitjantjatjara people are not allowed to see or hear the name of the deceased.
2017 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2017 Kulini – Listen, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA 2016 Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney – 2016 Seven Sisters 2014 These are the stories we teach our children. Short St Gallery, Broome WA 2014 Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs – Desert Mob 2013 Outstation Gallery Darwin – APY Lands Survey Exhibition 2013 2013 Chapman Gallery, Canberra – Tjala Arts: New Work 2012 Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney – Tjungu Kutju-tu (Together As One) – Tjala Arts & Tjungu Palya 2012 Short St Gallery, Broome – One Song Different Tune 2012 Metropolis Gallery, Geelong – Tjala Arts, Tjungu Palya and Ernabella Arts: Paintings from the APY Lands 2012 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne – Tjala 2012 2012 Outstation Gallery, Darwin – From Home and Returning Home 2011 ARTKELCH, Germany – Pro Community – Western APY Lands 2011 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne – Emerging Artists from Tjala Arts & Kaltjiti Arts 2011 RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs – Ngayulu Witini ngayuku mamaku tjukurpa, ngayulu witini ngayuku ngunytjuku tjukurpa 2011 Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney – Ngura wiru mulapa (Beautiful Country) 2011 Tjala Artists 2011, Short St Gallery, Broome 2007 Visions of Country, Seymour College Art Exhibition, Adelaide 2007 Our Mob on Tour, Country Arts SA 2006 Wama Yungkunytja, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2006 Tjala Arts: SALAFestival, Art Images, Adelaide 2006 Warka nganampa munuru: Our work is many and varied, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra 2006 Utulu Kuwaritja Amatala nguru – New Mob from Amata, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore 2005 Waku Kunpu: Strong Work, Bandigan Art, Sydney 2005 Minymaku Arts: SALA Festival, Art Images, Adelaide 2005 Minymaku Arts: Emerging Artist from Amata, South Australia 2004 Bush Christmas, Australia’s Outback Gallery, Sydney 2000 Tili Wiru (Beautiful Light), Touring Exhibition, South Australia Country Arts Trust 2000 Irititja Munu Kuwaritja Tjukurpa, Tandanya, Adelaide 1999 Desert MOb, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs 1999 Di antara dua pedalaman: between remote regions: A Collaborative exhibition featuring artists from remote regions of South Australia and Malaysia, various venues across South Australia 1998 EPIC State of the Arts, Eyre Peninsula 1998 Minymaku Batik Exhibition, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs 1991 Beyond Batik, a joint exhibition by members of the ACT Batik Association and artists from Tjurma homeland
National Gallery of Victoria
2017 Finalist, Wynne Prize 1999 Tandanya/Arts SA Aboriginal Artists Fellowship Award
Lino Printing and Solarplate Etching workshop, SACAT, Adelaide, 1998 Batik Course, Amata TAFE, 1998