The National Gallery announces new dates for the National Indigenous Art Triennale



The 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony will open at the National Gallery of Australia on March 26, 2022 with a community celebration led by First Nations artists.

Showcasing the work of more than 35 artists from across Australia, Ceremony will run through July 31, 2022 and explore how ceremonial acts continue to be a widespread forum for artistic creation in First Nations communities today. A highlight of the opening weekend will be the unveiling of a lasting work of art by Dr Matilda House and Paul Girrawah House. The work, Mulanganggari yur-wang (alive and strong), will be a permanent public art installation of traditional tree healing in the sculpture garden of the National Gallery.

The National Indigenous Art Triennial is Australia’s first large-scale recurring exhibition dedicated to contemporary First Nations artists. For the fourth iteration, Hetti Perkins, an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman from Central Australia, has been appointed curator. Perkins works in conjunction with a team of curators from the National Gallery.

Hetti Perkins said: “I’m really interested in the local culture and local traditions of this place – Canberra is a very contested site. It’s a place that is both politically and socially charged, and we invite artists to explore these ideas. The idea of ​​artists as “radical agents” is at the heart of Ceremony with active works, activist works, activating works. “

National Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich said: “The National Indigenous Art Triennial is an integral part of the National Gallery’s artistic program. We are delighted to have one of the country’s most respected curators and cultural voices at the helm of one of Australia’s most important exhibitions. “

Key dates:

Exhibition season | March 26 – July 31, 2022 | To free

Media Preview | Thursday March 24, 2022, 11 a.m.

Opening weekend events | Saturday March 26 – Sunday March 27, 2022



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