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Art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Agencies 1967–2005

Off the Walls: Art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Agencies 1967–2005 was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 28 October 2011 to 10 June 2012.

Off the Walls 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 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (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.

About the collection Learn about how the collection was started, and explore the objects and artworks in the exhibition.
An extraordinary collection Read a description of the exhibition and how it came about by one of our curators.
Historical milestones Explore key events in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history between 1967–2005.

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