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.
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.