Lily Roy

ANKAAA Board Member

Lily Roy Lily Roy is a senior weaving artist and traditional owner of Yurrwi (Milingimbi). She is a Walamungu woman who produces dilly bags (bathi), fish traps (angadjadjiya) and round-feathered mats that are associated with salt water bubbles or Djulnyirr.

Lily Roy performed with her sons who are of the Malarra clan, traditional owners of Galiwinku (Elcho Island) in presenting the 2005 and 2006 NATSIA (Telstra) awards and, was a finalist of these awards in 2008. Lily Roy has also exhibited widely as a member of Milingimbi Art and Culture.

Lily has sat on the Board at Milingimibi Art & Culture, as well as that of the Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA), the Milingimbi Resource Centre and the Milingimbi Community Council. She has also worked extensively with the Northern Land Council in a community liaison role.

In 2013 Lily Roy, along with former ANKAAA Director Regina Wilson, conducted a string theory workshop at the ANKAAA Annual Conference. This workshop formed part of the larger ‘Harvesting Traditional Knowledge Program’, and was attended by ANKAAA members and conservators from national institutions.


Burarr, Yanangu, Djambarrpuyngu, English, Several other traditional languages


Arnhem Land, Yilan


Governance & Further Qualifications

  • ANKAAA, Director (2012 – 2014)
  • ANKAAA, Stand In Director (2010 – 2011)
  • Babbarra Women’s Centre, Maningrida, Co-Founder
  • Milingimbi Art & Culture, Board Member (2007 – 2008)
  • Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership (2009)
  • ORIC Governance Training for ANKAAA Directors (2013 – 2 Days)
  • National Indigenous Cultural Centre, Represented ANKAAA at national and regional meetings for the development of the
  • Barangaroo site in Sydney (2014)