3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial
24 March – 15 July

“We defy: By existing; By determining our identity; By asserting our histories; our culture; our language; By telling our stories, our way; By being one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world."


Tina Baum, NGA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

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 commemorated the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. The exhibition 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.


This groundbreaking show which highlights the continued excellence and diversity of Indigenous practice today is coming to MAGNT.


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.



Defying Empire: third Indigenous Art Triennial is a National Gallery of Australia Exhibition


The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges funding support from the Visions touring and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Programs, both Australian Government programs aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.



Image: Tony Albert, The Hand You’re Dealt 2016, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf. Photo: Sam Noonan


10:00am - 5:00pm

Monday to Friday


Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday

Bookings essential

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