Shane Pickett Waagle - Rainbow Serpent 1983 (detail). Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 183.5 cm (sight); 93.2 x 185.2 cm (framed). State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1996. © Shane Pickett, 1983.
Aboriginal art is said to be Australia's greatest gift to the world. It is part of the continuum of ceremonial practice, a connection with traditional lands and with ancestral beliefs. Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art as well as contemporary Aboriginal social and political statements through art.