New Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art galleries

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 12.10.10

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have existed on the continent of Australia for tens of thousands of years. Their art and traditions are among the oldest and richest in human history.

The designs, patterns and stories were taught to Indigenous Australians by the Ancestors and are reinforced and replicated through ritual, dance, song, body painting, rock engravings and paintings, and on domestic and ritual objects. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is as alive today as it was thousands of years ago. As in the ancient past, the art is inseparable from everyday life.

The art of contemporary Indigenous Australians takes many forms. Despite significant change and diversity, the art retains an underlying unity of inspiration—the land and the peoples’ relationships with it. It is simultaneously connected to the past and engaged with the present, engaging with the world through actions which are lively, positive, political, social and creative.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection at the National Gallery of Australia comprises over 7500 works and is the largest in the world. These new gallery spaces allow much more of the collection to be seen with each one specifically designed for a different geographic region or aspect of Indigenous art and, where possible, paintings and sculptures are illuminated overhead by natural daylight, akin to the light in which the works were created.

This dedicated display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art highlights the diversity, richness and excellence of the collection.

URL: http://nga.gov.au/ATSIART/


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Contact Details

Gallery: National Gallery of Australia
Contact: Brenda L Croft - Senior Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
Telephone: +61 2 6240 6502
Address: Parkes Place or GPO Box 1150 Canberra ACT 2601 Parkes Parkes 2601 ACT

 

 

Further Research

Gallery: National Gallery of Australia

Artists: Alan Griffiths | Alfreda Minor Nampitjinpa | Alice Poulson | Alison Carroll | Amanda Turner | Amelia Turner | Anatjari No.iii Tjakamarra | Angilya Mitchell | Anniebell Marrngamarrnga | Arthur Kooekka Pambegan Jnr | Banduk Marika | Bede Tungutalum | Beyula Napanangka | Bonaventure Timaepatua | Cassandra Minor Nampitjinpa | Cathy G Cavanagh Turner | Cathy Turner | Chidapee | Christian Bumbarra Thompson | Christine Christophersen | Christine Doolan | Claude | Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri | Craig Koomeeta | Cynthia Mcmillan | Cyril Kerinauia | Daniel Boyd | Dennis Nona | Dianne Jones | Doreen Reid Nakamarra | Edwin Fernando | England Bangala | Enos Namatjira | Esme Timberry | Garry Djorlom | Giovanni Tipungwuti | Glenda Poulson | Goodwin Phillipus | Gordon Bennett | Gordon Hookey | Graham Davis-king | Gulumbu Yunupingu | Hector Jandany | Isobel Gorey | Isobel Major | Jack Bell | Jan (djan Nanundie) Billycan | Jean Baptiste Apuatimi | Jennifer Taylor | Jimmy Baker | John Mawurndjul Am | Jonathan Hockley | Josephine Kenny | Josephine Napurrula | Ju Ju Wilson | Judy Watson | Julie Dowling | Kitty Kantilla (kutuwalumi Purawarrumpatu) | Kunmanara Stevens | Lily Karadada | Linda Jonggarda Anderson | Lorabell Puntungka | Lorna Thomas | Lorraine King | Lorrayne Gorey | Lurline Sandy Nungurrayi | Mabel Juli | Madigan Thomas | Malaluba Gumana | Margaret Carwaht | Margaret Luta | Margaret Turner | Marie Orsto | Marie Pautjimi | Maringka Baker | Marjorie Nelson | Maylene Marshall | Mereda Sandy Nungurrayi | Michael Nelson Jagamara | Naminapu Maymuru-white | Nura Rupert | Osmond Kantilla | Owen Yalandja | P Shields | Paddy Carlton | Peggy Griffiths | Peter Garamanak | Philip Gudthaykudthay | Punata Stockman Nungurrayi | Queenie Kenny | Queenie Mckenzie | Raymond Bulumbula | Richard Bell | Roderick Yunkaporta | Rosalie Napaltjarri | Rosie Karadada | Rover Thomas [joolama] | Ruby Doolan | S Nelson | Shirley Purdie | Shirley Turner | Sonja Mabo | Sue Campion | Sue Lilies Campion | Tanya Williams | Taralyn Major | Tommy Bung Bung | Treahna Hamm | Trevor Turbo Brown | Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula | Valerie Lynch Napaltjarri | Vernon Ah Kee | Walter Ebaterinja | Wamud Namok | William Lowah | Yilpi (imiyari) Adamson | Yvonne Odegaard

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