The work of some of the country's most gifted First Nations artists is currently on display at the National Museum.
Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland features the work of more than 100 emerging and established artists from Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait.
The exhibition is the culmination of a project which was run by art centres from across the region and the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA).
Participating artists experimented with new materials and techniques, with the goal of creating a body of work which focused on innovation and centred on the theme of what it means to belong.
The National Museum acquired 415 artworks created by 103 artists working out of 11 art centres across the region as part of the project.
The first iteration of the exhibition features 120 works by 29 artists working in Hope Vale Arts & Cultural Centre, Yarrabah Arts Centre, Moa Arts and Mornington Island Art. It will be on exhibition in the Museum's Focus Gallery until February 12, 2023.
Work from Bana Yirriji Art, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre, Wik & Kugu Art Centre, Yalanji Arts, Wei'Num Arts and Badu Art Centre will be exhibited in subsequent exhibitions in 2023 and 2024.
National Museum curator Shona Coyne said the collection highlighted the importance of Indigenous art centres in rural communities.
"The Belonging collection is so much more than beautiful art; it describes a way of life," Shona said.
"Each painting, image and sculpture takes you to Country and shows you what it feels like to belong in Far North Queensland."
The National Museum is located on Lawson Crescent, Canberra and is open from 9am-5pm daily. For more information click here.
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