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Six Indigenous exhibitions in Canberra you need to know about

Six Indigenous exhibitions in Canberra you need to know about

Indigenous art carries a profound beauty, woven with a rich tapestry of history and stories that traverse time. Yet, within these visually captivating spaces exists a discomfort that signals the need for continuous healing, conversations, and platforms for Indigenous artists to share their truths. In Canberra, a series of exhibitions beckon visitors to engage with and reflect upon the vibrant narratives echoing proudly through the city. Six Indigenous exhibitions in Canberra you need to know about

1. Emily Kam Kngwarray (National Gallery of Australia)

Celebrate the timeless art of senior Anmatyerre woman Emily Kam Kngwarray, one of the world’s most significant contemporary painters of the 20th century. Running until April 2024, this exhibition at Parkes Place East showcases Kngwarray’s extensive range of works that encapsulate her life’s extraordinary experiences and authority.

Until April 2024 | Parkes Place East, Parkes |

2. Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland (National Museum of Australia)

In this three-part exhibition, Indigenous artists from Far North Queensland share deeply personal stories of Country, culture, and self-identity. The vibrant shades and rich color palette convey a sense of resilience, showcasing reclamation and inspiration.

Until Sunday 18 February | Lawson Crescent, Acton |

3. First Australians (National Museum of Australia)

A free exhibition honoring First Nations stories across two gallery floors, including the powerful ‘Talking Blak’ exhibition. Audiences are guided through Indigenous voices confronting their history, addressing land rights, sovereignty, the Stolen Generations, and deaths in custody.

Open daily | Lawson Crescent, Acton |

4. Mabo v Queensland (No. 2): 30th Anniversary (National Library of Australia)

This exhibition commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Mabo v Queensland (No. 2) decision, a landmark moment in Australian legal history that altered the foundation of land law. Explore the extensive collection at the National Library of Australia, delving into materials related to the decision and its lead applicant, Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Open daily | Parkes Place West, Parkes |

5. Statement: Jack Green’s Paintings (Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House)

This powerful exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy stems from Jack Green’s submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of 46,000-year-old caves at Juukan Gorge in 2020. Green’s art tells stories of dispossession, destruction, and the sadness of First Nations peoples prevented from protecting and caring for Country.

Open daily | 18 King George Terrace, Parkes |

6. Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery

For 32 years, the Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery has been a testament to showcasing bold and exciting First Nations art in Canberra. With new works arriving every four to six weeks, this gallery at Gold Creek Village in Nicholls serves as an inspiring documentation and preservation of First Nation voices.

Open Saturday to Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm, and Monday-Thursday by appointment | 19 O’Hanlon Place Gold Creek Village, Nicholls | aboriginaldream

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