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Bruce Johnson-McLean (Wierdi, Birri-Gubba peoples), Assistant Director, Indigenous Engagement, discusses the art of protest in the national collection for NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is an annual celebration that recognises Australia’s First Nations people and their rich cultural history. In the early 1990s, NAIDOC Week emerged as an important national event following acts of self-determination and civil rights protests including the 1938 Day of Mourning.
In this livestream event, Johnson-McLean will highlight key works from the Gallery’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art collection that speak to the art of protest and current climate for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.
On the second Thursday of every month the Gallery live-streams Thursday Art Talks on Facebook and Vimeo. This event will be livestreamed.
The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.