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Museum acquires Nancy Kiwat sculpture

15 Jun 18

Award-winning sculpture on display in the Gandel Atrium

Nancy Kiwat with her ghost-net dinghy sculpture.
Nancy Kiwat with her winning sculpture at the Gab Titui Indigenous Art Awards 2017. National Museum of Australia

Nancy Kiwat's Monument at Kemus Cove, Erub, which won best work in the Gab Titui Cultural Centre Indigenous Art Awards 2017, is on show at the National Museum.

This is Kiwat's third consecutive win at the Gab Titui awards. Kemus Cove part of a growing body of work that engages with ghost-net as a primary material.

Ghost-nets are fishing nets lost by fishermen or cut loose at sea, which then return, washed up on the shore.

The Museum’s collection includes many ghost-net objects, including a dinghy by Nancy Kiwat and artists at the Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Arts Centre).

Erub Island commemoration

Kiwat's sculpture, made of ghost-net, ceramics and paint, refers to the monument on Erub Island that commemorates the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in the Torres Strait, on 1 July 1871.

Known as ‘The Coming of the Light’, the day is celebrated annually with re-enactments and church services that are followed by feasting and dancing, open to people of all faiths.

The sculpture is on show in the Atrium until 16 October 2018.

Learn more about the making and meaning of the Museum's Loyalty Dinghy sculpture by Ellarose Savage, Jimmy Thaiday, Racy Oui-Pitt, Emma Gela, Florence Gutchen, Nancy Naawi, Nancy Kiwat, Lavinia Ketchell and Miller Anson. National Museum of Australia

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