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Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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Programs and events

These special programs and events were presented as part of the Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists exhibition in Canberra.

Old Masters lecture series

Luke Taylor: individual inspiration and social connection in western Arnhem Land, 5 June 2014

Anthropologist and author Luke Taylor examines how the different schools of bark painting in western Arnhem Land on show in the Old Masters exhibition transformed the way that Yolŋu people represent their world.

audio_w15 Audio/transcript of Individual inspiration and social connection lecture

Howard Morphy: Meaning in Yolŋu bark paintings, 3 April 2014
Anthropologist Howard Morphy explores the cultural patterns and multi-layered meanings behind the bark paintings on show in Old Masters.

audio_w15 Audio/transcript of 'Meaning in Yolŋu bark paintings lecture

Wally Caruana: Seeing Barks, 6 February 2014
Indigenous art expert Wally Caruana explores the visual language of the bark paintings on show in the exhibition Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists, and provides insights into the culture of the people who created these works.

audio_w15 Audio/transcript of 'Seeing Barks' lecture

Lecture series supported by

666 ABC Canberra

Australia Day festival, 26 January 2014

Inspired by the exhibitions Old Masters and On Country, visitors enjoyed dancing with Move it Mob Style, bush tucker cooking with Mark Olive, singing with Yamba the Honeyant and Jacinta Price, as well as sand sculpting and printing activities.

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Discovery Space: Young Masters, 13–24 January 2014

Inspired by the Old Masters exhibition children had fun creating collage masterpieces and documenting their journeys, histories and family stories in our Discovery Space during the January 2014 school holidays.

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Old Masters exhibition preview breakfast, 3 December 2013

Museum Friends-only exclusive preview of the Old Masters exhibition including a curatorial presentation, exhibition tour and lakeview buffet breakfast.