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Defying Empire


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Defying Empire

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight.

The 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. It explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day.

Be moved by powerful art that touches on the issues of identity, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations through many media: painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, new media, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork.

For more information on Defying Empire visit the website here.


Associated Events:

Curator’s Tour - 26 May 10am (free)
Artist talks 26 May 11.30am-4pm; 27 May 10am-4.30pm (free)
The 67 Referendum: In Conversation (Richard Bell, Dr Gary Foley, and Judy Watson) 26 May 6pm ($15/$20)
Get your Weave On- weaving workshop with Yunggaire weavers 27/28 May 12-3.30pm (Free)


This event has not been organised by the Australians Together team. However, it may provide a valuable opportunity for you to continue your journey of listening to Indigenous people and building relationships in the future. Please contact the event organisers for further information.

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