About the event

“We defy: By existing; By determining our identity; By asserting our histories; our culture; our language; By telling our stories, our way; By being one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world.” 
 Tina Baum, NGA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

From the National Gallery of Australia, Defying Empire commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. It explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism to the present day. The exhibition will be hosted by the Australian National Maritime Museum from 25 November 2020 to 7 February 2021.

National Gallery of Australia, Vision Australia. National Collecting Institution Touring and Outreach Program, Wesfarmers Arts

Image: Sandra Hill, Double Standards. 2015. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2016 with the support of Warwick Hemsley and The Hon Melissa Parke, to mark Mr Hemsley’s tenure on Council and in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

About the event




25 Nov 2020 – 07 Feb 2021




2 Murray Street Sydney, 2000




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