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One Road: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Deserts was a touring exhibition developed by the National Museum that explored the impact that one road — the Canning Stock Route — had on the Aboriginal people from one of the most remote areas of Australia.

Previously on show in Japan in 2016–17.

Clifford Brooks, Aboriginal artist, 2007

To tell our story to the world, we do it by painting.

One Road featured more than 30 contemporary works from leading artists including Rover Thomas, Jan Billycan and Helicopter Tjungurrayi.

The exhibition was based on Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route, one of the most successful exhibitions staged by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

One Road told the artists’ stories of first contact with white men, livestock and machines. It explored the change from hunter–gatherer existence to life as international artists.

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Yiwarra Kuju

The One Road exhibition was based on Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route. Yiwarra Kuju was developed by the National Museum of Australia and FORM and toured Australia from 2010 to 2013.

Canning Stock Route collection

The Canning Stock Route collection includes more than 100 canvasses produced by artists who returedn to country in Western Australia in 2007, along with artworks and objects added to the collection in 2009.

Yiwarra Kuju resource

Popular with students of all ages wanting to learn about Aboriginal art and culture in Australia, the Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route education kit was designed for students from years 5 to 9.

International program

The National Museum of Australia has established a strong and vibrant international travelling exhibitions program, which supplies high quality, innovative and accessible exhibitions and displays to the world.

Touring exhibition prospectus

One Road: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Deserts was a touring exhibition developed by the National Museum to bring the artistic, cultural and natural worlds of the Aboriginal people of Australia’s remote deserts to an international audience. The Museum is committed to enabling a greater understanding of Australian culture and history, particularly Indigenous culture.

The exhibition was on show at:

  • National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 9 June to 19 July 2016
  • Kagawa Prefecture Museum, Kagawa, 5 August to 19 September 2016
  • Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Chiba, Tokyo, 1 October 2016 to 9 January 2017
  • Kushiro City Museum of Art, Hokkaido, 7 April to 7 May 2017

The One Road project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Australian Government Catalyst - Australian Arts and Culture Fund

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