Alison Milyika (Tjulapi) Carroll was born in 1958 at the Ernabella Mission, now known as Pukatja Community.
Alison Milyika is the current Anangu Mayatja (Manager) at Ernabella Arts and has previously been the Chairperson. She is also the Anangu Mayatja of Ananguku Arts (the peak body for South Australian Indigenous artsts and art centres) and is on the Board of the Ernabella Anangu School, the Ernabella Community Council and the Traditional Owner Working Group of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. She is also a member of the NPY Women’s Council’s Uti Kulintjaku Minymaku Collective.
As well as being a public leader, Alison Milyika is a respected artist working across multiple mediums. Her batik and ceramics are held in public collections, nationally and internationally. In 2011 she was awarded an Australia Council grant to undertake a residency within the Ceramics Department at ANU. The resulting work was exhibited in Canberra and collected by the National Museum of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
In 2016 Alison Milyika was the lead artist on an Ernabella collaborative ceramics installation depicting Seven Sisters (Kungkarangkalpa Tjukurpa). The work was acquired by the National Museum of Australia and exhibited in Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, which is touring internationally for ten years.
In 2018 Alison Milyika’s lifetime of dedication to the Anangu people and her own artistic achievements were recognised and she was presented with the Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (Ruby Awards), South Australia.
In 2020 Alison Milyika was awarded the Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Australia Council.