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Immerse yourself in some of the oldest and richest cultures in human history with the extensive collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at Canberra’s national museums and galleries.
For original, handcrafted arts and crafts by local Aboriginal artists, head to Burrunju Art Gallery and Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery.
Here are four art spaces and workshops to see First Nations art in Canberra.
National Gallery of Australia
Comprising over 7500 works, the Gallery is privileged to house the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
From ancient traditions to contemporary practices, each masterpiece connects audiences with the unique perspectives of First Nations artists, their experiences, cultures and deep and enduring connections to Country.
In autumn 2022, the National Gallery of Australia will welcome the National Indigenous Art Triennial. This celebration of First Nations art will explore the theme of ceremonies.
Ceremonies can be intimate rituals or mass protests; personal or collective acts of faith. Ceremonies are public and private, secular and sacred, traditional and contemporary.
The exhibition and program of events will be immersive, animate, healing; revealing how ceremony is at the nexus of country, culture and community.
National Museum of Australia
The National Museum of Australia celebrates Australia’s people and culture of storytelling.
Explore the shared stories and experiences of First Nations peoples in the First Australians Gallery and Talking Blak to History exhibition, before heading outside to enjoy the forecourt garden and sculptural Uluru Line. Daily talks and tours available.
Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery
Located in Gold Creek Village with a sister gallery in the city centre, there is always something new to see at this commercial gallery.
Ethical practices are at the heart of the Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery which works with Indigenous artists from across Australia to protect artists’ rights and source beautiful paintings and crafts available for purchase.
Burrunju Art Gallery
Every wall is filled with inspiring pieces. Specialising in boomerangs and didgeridoos as well as paintings, this art space was established to provide local Indigenous people an opportunity to realise their dream of self-determination through the creation of artworks and music.
Purchase your favourite piece to support great artists local to the region and from all around Australia.
Feature image: Mirdidingkingathi JUWARNDA (Sally Gabori) Kaiadilt people ‘Outside Dibirdibi’ 2008, NGA Indigenous gallery. Photography: Lightbulb Studios