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Listed under:  Arts  >  Regional art  >  Aboriginal art
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'Ngak Ngak in Limmen Bight Country' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Northern Territory artist Ginger Riley. The design is in white, red, orange, purple and green on a blue background and is a representation of the artist's 'mother country'. The white sea eagle Ngak Ngak appears prominently on the left. Also seen are the dual serpent-creator Garmilal, ...

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'Corroboree (Figures in possum skin cloaks)', 1885

This is a 19th-century painting of a corroboree by William Barak, who is recalling in old age the traditional ceremonies of his people. It shows 33 bearded Aboriginal men standing and possibly sitting in rows and wearing possum skin cloaks with geometrical designs on them. It has been made with a combination of traditional ...

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Tony Albert, 'ASH on me', 2008

This is an installation by Girramay artist Tony Albert (b1981) using black text that reads ‘ASH on me’ and found objects: ceramic and metal ashtrays. These objects present Aboriginal people in different ways, some as caricatures. The work of art is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about Albert’s ...

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Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 'Bushfire II', 1972

This is a painting by Anmatyerr artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri depicting the ancestral narrative of Lungkata the Blue-Tongued Lizard, who punished his two sons because they had broken the law by eating the sacred kangaroo. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information ...

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Nici Cumpston, 'Campsite V, Nookamka Lake', 2008

This is a photographic print by Barkindji/Paakintji artist Nici Cumpston (b1963) depicting Nookamka, a freshwater lake situated in the Riverland region of South Australia. The work is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the Murray-Darling River system’s degradation, and a description of ...

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Danie Mellor, 'Culture warriors', 2007

This is a mixed media artwork by Mamu/Ngagen/Ngajan artist Danie Mellor (b1971), presenting two fighting kangaroos in the foreground of a ‘traditional’ fine bone china scene. The drawing/collage is shown as an enlargeable image. It was exhibited in the 2008 travelling exhibition of the first National Indigenous Art Triennial, ...

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Lorna Brown Napanangka, 'Grandfather's Country at Warren Creek', 2005

This is a painting by Pintupi/Luritja artist Lorna Brown Napanangka (1961-) depicting her grandfather’s Country at Warren Creek in the Northern Territory. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information about Napanangka’s life and painting, as it describes the complex design ...

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Daniel Walbidi, 'Kirriwirri', 2010

This is a painting by Mangala/Yulparija artist Daniel Walbidi (b1983) depicting his grandfather and grandmother’s country on his father’s side. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, ‘unDisclosed’, at the National Gallery of Australia ...

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Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, 'Limmen Bight Country', 1993

This is a painting by Mara artist Ginger Riley Munduwalawala (1934/38-2002) depicting Garimala, the powerful snake ancestor creating the Four Archers, a geographical formation on the Limmen Bight River, in Munduwalawala’s mother’s country. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen and the ...

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Yirawala, 'Maralaitj, mother of the tribes', c1965

This is a bark painting by eastern Kunwinjku artist Yirawala depicting the creation being Maralaitj giving birth to the clans whose country is at the mouth of the Liverpool River in the Marrkolidjban region of western Arnhem Land. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information ...

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Milingimbi Easter panel, mid-1960s

This is a painting by several leading artists of the Gupapuyngu clan of the Yolngu people depicting the crucifixion of Christ on the right, and his resurrection on the left. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives contextual information about the Methodist mission established on ...

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Mickey of Ulladulla, untitled (Corroboree), c1888

This is a drawing by Yuin/Dhurga artist Mickey of Ulladulla (1825-91) depicting the scene of a ceremony. The drawing is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the mystery that surrounds Mickey of Ulladulla and his contemporaries and the history of the documentation of his work. It describes ...

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Unknown artist, 'Shell necklace', c1920

This is a shell necklace (c1920) made by an unknown Aboriginal artist from the Tasmanian region of Cape Barren Island. The necklace is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information about the history and importance of shell necklaces, representative of much more than simple decorative art. ...

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Julie Gough, 'Some Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people before 1840', 2008

This is a sculpture by Trawlwoolway artist Julie Gough representing the experiences of Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people. It was exhibited in the second National Indigenous Art Triennial,' unDisclosed', at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). Further information about the artists and the ...

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Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, 'Sunrise chasing away the night', 1977-78

This is a painting by Pintupi artist Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (1926-98) depicting the night and the sunrise over the landscape. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information on the visual symbolism of the work, describing the enhanced topographical perspective of the painting and explaining ...

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Alec Mingelmanganu, 'Wandjina', c1980

This is a painting by Wunambal artist Alec Mingelmanganu (1905-81) depicting Wanjina, creator beings of the Dreaming in the Kimberley. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen and the video soundtrack gives information about Mingelmanganu’s life and paintings and describe the idiosyncratic ...

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Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkura, 'Wyarra family group', 2010

This is a sculpture by Rembarrnga artist Bob Burruwal (b1952) and Rembarrnga/Kune artist Lena Yarinkura (b1948) depicting spirit figures - male and female, young and old - standing near their camp dog. The sculpture is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art ...

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Indigenous Australian collection

This database features a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks from QAGOMA. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, a map of major Indigenous regions in Australia, classroom activities, a glossary of key terms and curriculum alignment ...

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Aboriginal artefacts from north-western New South Wales, 19th century

This is a collection of 19th-century Aboriginal artefacts from north-western NSW, consisting of one unusual parrying shield, one rare lil-lil club, three incised boomerangs and two fluted fighting clubs.

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Djarrwark ga Dhalwanu, 1998

This is one of 80 bark paintings in the Saltwater Collection, created by artists of the Yolgnu people of north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. These works highlight the issue of Indigenous land and sea rights and use sacred art to inform balanda (non-Indigenous people) of Aboriginal land ownership, in order ...