Acknowledgement of Country
The National Gallery respectfully acknowledges that we are on the Country of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Kamberri/Canberra region. We recognise their continuing connections to Country and culture, and we pay our respect to their Elders, leaders and artists, past and present. We respectfully acknowledge all Traditional Custodians throughout Australia whose art we care for, whose stories we share, and to whose Country our exhibitions, programs and staff travel.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants are advised that this resource may contain images or names of artists who have passed away.
Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia is a touring exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art drawn from the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art collections celebrating excellence and diversity, speaking of the ever-present artistic and cultural expressions from many regions across Australia. The learning resource consists of seven themes that highlight a selection of exhibition artists who explore culture, history, life, identity, and truth-telling in a variety of forms.
Teachers and students are encouraged to make use of the background information to themes, artists and works of art together with the look, think, create prompts and artist activity sheets to explore creativity, critical thinking and interpretation. The learning resource connects with the Australian Curriculum’s Visual Arts learning area as well as the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Sustainability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also referred to as Indigenous people, First Nations peoples and First Peoples. These terms are interchangeable.