Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland is the second in a three-part exhibition series that captures generations of cultural knowledge shaped by a profound relationship to Country.
In these vibrant and innovative works, emerging and established First Nations artists from across Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait explore new materials and techniques as they share what it means to belong.
The second of the Belonging series features works by artists from Cardwell, Badu Island and Aurukun.
A series of workshops were held in the communities involved with Belonging. Art centres and artists nominated the type of workshop they wanted – ranging from advanced painting to ceramics and photography – and emerging and established artists were encouraged to take part.
More than 400 works were created by more than 100 artists. All works were acquired by the National Museum of Australia for the National Historical Collection.
Artists from three centres feature in the second Belonging exhibition. Learn more about each centre and the artists it represents:
Belonging is on show in the First Australians Focus Gallery at the National Museum of Australia from 2 March to 13 August 2023.
The Belonging project was developed by the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA). The Belonging publication was generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.
Works from Hopevale, Yarrabah, Moa/Mua Island and Mornington Island were on show for the first Belonging series, at the National Museum from 7 July 2022 to 12 February 2023.
Banner image: My Grandmother’s Home (detail), Sheryl Pamulkan, Wik and Kugu Arts Centre, acrylic, dry and earth pigment on linen, 76 x 102 cm. National Museum of Australia