Mrs Jan (Djan) Billycan Kirriwirri 2009 (detail). Synthetic polymer paint on plywood, three panels, 90 x 60 cm (each). State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2010. © Jan (Mrs Billycan), 2009.
Indigenous art is said to be Australia's greatest cultural gift to the world. It is part of the continuum of ceremonial practice, a connection with traditional lands and with ancestral beliefs.
Indigenous art is strikingly beautiful. But it can also tell of a history of sorrow, dislocation and discrimination.
This guided tour gives an insight into traditional Australian Aboriginal art, art of the Torres Strait and contemporary Indigenous social and political statements.