Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland is a three-part exhibition series capturing 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.
Belonging debuted at the National Museum of Australia from 7 July 2022 to 12 February 2023, featuring works by artists from Hope Vale, Yarrabah, Moa/Mua Island and Mornington Island.
The second of the Belonging series, with works from Cardwell, Badu Island and Aurukun, is on show at the National Museum from 2 March to 13 August 2023.
Belonging series I highlights
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 its National Historical Collection.
Artists from four centres featured in the first Belonging exhibition:
- Hopevale Arts and Cultural Centre
- Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct
- Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts (Moa Arts)
- Mornington Island Art