DETAIL : Jimmy BAKER 'Katatjita' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of Marshall Arts Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, � Jimmy Baker


Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial presents the work of 30 Indigenous artists. The exhibition demonstrates the wide range of contemporary Indigenous art practice taking place today from painting on bark and canvas, sculpture, textiles, weaving, new media, photomedia, printmaking and installation.

Every state and territory of Australia is represented among the 30 Indigenous artists invited to exhibit by the inaugural Triennial curator, Brenda L Croft, Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia. The theme and title of the 2007 Triennial, Culture Warriors, carries a number of interpretations, from references to historical Indigenous warriors to investigations of current political and social issues. Although there are a number of artworks that have political messages in this exhibition, there are also examples of bark painting and weaving in which the spiritual significance of the works of art reminds us that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is the oldest continuing art tradition in the world.


The following resources are for the use of teachers and students as companion to the NIAT exhibition and website in developing a better understanding of contemporary Indigenous art practice in Australia.

Education kit
This kit contains a reproduction of an artwork from each of the exhibiting artists in the exhibition. These 30 full-colour reproductions have an explanatory text on the back as well as primary and secondary school activities.
Download kit as pdf 3.92 MB

ARTimals children's trail
Full colour images of a selection of works in the exhibition with short introductions and questions for further investigation
Download trail as pdf 638 KB