Margaret Rarru Garrawurra creates timeless forms

Arnhem Land artist Margaret Rarru Garrawurra has won the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for 2022 with a work featuring her signature rich black-dyed pandanus which she is renowned for. A closely-guarded process she discovered through rigorous experimentation, the dense charcoal coloration emphases the hand-weaving process. You can view works by…

Transitions Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Forms & Images

In ‘Transitions Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Forms and Images’ opening at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 6 August 2022, innovative textured and sculpted works illustrate Aboriginal Australian artists’ ongoing commitment to declaring their identity and vital presence in contemporary society. In dynamic juxtapositions, individual and group artistic statements predominate over strictly held categories, demonstrating…

Warriors without a weapon

In these intimate intergenerational portraits, Naomi Hobson shares an affectionate representation of Kaantju and Umpila boys, men and elders from her community. Adorned in vibrant flowers found in their hometown of Coen in far north Queensland, these ‘warriors without a weapon’ share the cultural practice of decorating their beards in preparation of ceremony and to…

The inaugural QAGOMA Reconciliation Action Plan

QAGOMA invited artist Tony Albert, whose connection to the Gallery spans more than two decades, to speak at the recent launch of Gallery’s first Reconciliation Action Plan. The following is the edited transcript of his speech, which both moved and entertained those in attendance. On the occasion of the inaugural QAGOMA Reconciliation Action Plan My…

Sorry is just a word if it’s not backed up by real outcomes

On the 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly separated from their families and communities. The date is significant because on that day in 1997 the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in the Australian Parliament, an inquiry into government policies and practices where children…

QAGOMA’s vision for reconciliation

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to guide its contributions to reconciliation for the next two years. View the 2022–24 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) The Innovate-level RAP, developed with guidance from Dr Terri Janke (Wuthathi/Meriam, Australia), the Gallery’s Indigenous Advisory Panel and its…