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Off the Walls: Art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Agencies 1967–2005

WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this exhibition includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Off the Walls was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 28 October 2011 until 10 June 2012 in the First Australians Focus Gallery.

Off the Walls: Art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Agencies 1967–2005 explored the world of Indigenous art, and the politics and history of a time of great change.

This exhibition featured works by internationally-renowned artists including Rover Thomas, Narritjin Maymuru and Fiona Foley.

These works are part of a collection built over 40 years by government bodies dealing with Indigenous affairs. They literally came 'off the walls' when ATSIC was closed.

The exhibition featured a selection of striking paintings, prints and carvings placed back in the office and displayed alongside documents to help give a glimpse of a fascinating and tumultuous time in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

The exhibition also included a searchable database with records for hundreds of the objects from the collection.

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