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Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

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Exhibition tour dates

Melbourne Museum, Victoria, 15 September 2018 – 28 January 2019

Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Waiben (Thursday Island), in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, this exhibition explores the longstanding importance of masks in Torres Strait culture and how they influence contemporary art forms.

  • Cultural mask with brown, yellow ochre and red facial tones, and white wavy hair.
  • Cultural mask with brown, yellow ochre and red facial tones, and white wavy hair.
  • Cultural mask with black and ochre tones, feathers, and other materials.
    Naga Mawa
  • Cultural mask with white and brown tones and feathers for hair

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Gab Titui on Waiben (Thursday Island) is a contemporary art gallery and keeping place for historical and cultural materials Evolution lead curator Leitha Assan and guest curator Alick Tipoti commissioned artists to design the masks, which were first displayed at Gab Titui in 2016.

The National Museum is delighted to partner with Gab Titui to present this travelling exhibition with the assistance of the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

Gab Titui Cultural CentreAustralian Government Torres Strait Regional AuthorityAustralian Government Visions of Australia logo

Tour dates

The exhibition has been on show at:

    • Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, 24 March – 2 September 2018
    • National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 19 May – 23 July 2017
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