Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art
Bark Paintings - post 1980, North Queensland and Tiwi Islands

The art from far north Queensland celebrates ancient traditions in the contemporary forms of painting, sculpture and ceramics. Its origins lie in body designs for ceremony, traditional rock art and ritual objects, and its themes relate to both ancestral and present-day stories.

Variations in artistic styles and practices exist between regions of the area known as the Top End, which covers western, central and north-east Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. Depictions of Dreaming narratives, using natural earth pigments on bark continue today. Ochred and elaborately decorated ritual objects made from wood, fibre, feathers or a combination of all of these materials originate from the Top End.