Shirley Macnamara: Respect, balance and belonging

Indjalandji artist Shirley Macnamara weaves the Queensland desert landscape into the very fabric of her work, creating exquisite sculptural forms and vessels from spinifex and other natural materials. Anneke Silver offers a personal reflection on the artist’s practice and explores how her works evoke both the resilience and the colours of the environment they spring…

Albert Namatjira, an Australian identity

William Dargie’s iconic image of Albert Namatjira has become the most identifiable image of the artist, and Ben Quilty and Vincent Namatjira have each been inspired to incorporate this original into their versions. Ben Quilty’s painting Albert 2004 features two identifiable Australian identities placed together, Namatjira, the pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, and the…

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: A legend in art and story

Dick Roughsey is well known to many Australians for his vividly illustrated children’s books The Rainbow Serpent and The Giant Devil Dingo – Jennifer Isaacs explores his life and work and offers her personal recollections of the artist, from his upbringing on Mornington Island to his pivotal role in the early years of the Australia…

Judy Watson: Collecting Australia

The Indigenous voice of Australia is over 65 000 years old. During NAIDOC Week 2019 (7-14 July), with the theme of ‘voice, treaty and truth’, we have invited award-winning author and Mununjali woman Ellen Van Neerven to develop a series of written responses entitled ‘Collecting Australia‘, which draw inspiration from works featured in our Australian…

Dale Harding working on his commission, inspired by rock art

Dale Harding: Collecting Australia

In celebration of NAIDOC Week, we have invited award-winning author and Mununjali woman Ellen Van Neerven to develop a series of written responses entitled ‘Collecting Australia’, which draw inspiration from works featured in our Australian Collection. Hear van Neerven at 2.30pm on Saturday 13 July 2019 in the permanent Australian Collection, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG),…