Alick Tipoti Kala Lagaw Ya people, Koedal Baydham Adhaz Parw (Crocodile Shark) Mask 2010. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Join Tina Baum, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery, as she walks through the exhibition, delving into her curatorial practice and the process behind putting together the NGA's international touring show Ever Present.
Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia surveys historical and contemporary works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia. Drawn from the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts, the works in this touring exhibition bridge time and place and are interconnected through story and experience.
Although Ever Present is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, it does not shy away from Australia’s complex histories. The works challenge stereotypes about First Nations people and what defines their art. The artists contest populist views of Australian history, using art as a tool of resistance and replacing physical weaponry with wit, satire and juxtaposition to confront viewers and to encourage conversations that are essential to dispute outdated myths and ideologies.
Tina Baum is from the Gulumirrgin (Larrakia)/Wardaman/Karajarri peoples of the Northern Territory and Western Australia with over 30 years’ experience working in Museums and Gallery’s throughout Australia. She’s been the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia since 2005. She curated the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial: Defying Empire, 2017 and Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia, 2021 major exhibitions. Tina’s a recipient of the 2021 Art Monthly Australasia, Indigenous Voices Program (writing) as a mentor, the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Leaders Program, 2020-22, and an alumnus of the British Council Accelerate Programme to the UK, 2009. She is a mentor to alumni of the NGA and Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Arts Leadership and Fellowship Programs since 2010. She is passionate about the Cultural care, identification, connection/reconnection, documentation, and co-management of First Nations collections within Galleries and Museums in Australia and internationally.
Ever Present celebrates the creativity, diversity, strength, resilience and pride of early and contemporary Indigenous artists highlighting their artistic, cultural, social and political expressions that reinforce their time immemorial connections and their ever present presence in this country.
Wed to Mon 10am-5pm
Closed Tuesdays, Good Friday and Christmas Day
Entry is free, donations welcomed. Special exhibitions may incur a ticket fee.