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Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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Sound and vision

A behind-the-scenes look at some of the works on show in Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists.

Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists


Wally Caruana, National Museum of Australia consultant curator, talks about the artists and the bark paintings in the Old Masters exhibition.

Bark paintings conservation


Vicki Humphrey, Head of Conservation at the National Museum of Australia discusses some of the techniques used to care and maintain bark paintings on show in the Old Masters exhibition.

The work of Tom Djäwa

Reflections on the work of Tom Djäwa by his son, Joe Gumbula


Old Masters includes works by Tom Djäwa who was a senior ceremonial leader and artist of the Gupapuyŋu clan. His son Dr Joe Neparrŋa Gumbula, talks about the legacy of his father's works, on a visit to the National Museum's conservation laboratory.

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