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Cross-hatching etched into rubber from tyres by Ngaymil artist Gunybi Ganambarr
Transitions Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Forms and Images from the Collection’ (6 August 2022 – 25 June 2023)

Transitions: Historic and Contemporary Barks from the Collection 1948–2021’ (20 August 2022 – 10 April 2023)


‘Transitions’ charts the evolution of Aboriginal art from 1940s to the present — from early bark painting representations of the country’s ancestral creators and its fauna, to recent bold explorations of materials and subjects that reflect vibrant contemporary cultural and aesthetic transitions.


This feature includes two curatorial essays, one mapping artistic movements against regions, communities and generations; and one exploring the material innovations of contemporary Aboriginal artists.

The dovetailing chapters of 'Transitions' offer a unique experience of contemporary Aboriginal art alongside eight decades of bark painting.

Feature image: Gunybi Ganambarr / Ngaymil people / Australia NT b.1973 / Ngaymil (detail) 2015 / Purchased 2016 in memory of David Barnett through the QAGOMA Foundation / © Gunybi Ganambarr