Colony: Australia 1770–1861, Colony: Frontier Wars is an important exhibition that exploring the period of colonisation in Australia from 1788 onwards and its often devastating effects on First Peoples.
The period that to many was the discovery of a ‘wondrous’ southern continent, was to others an invasion of homelands occupied for many millennia.
This powerful exhibition reveals through art some of what Aboriginal people have experienced as a continuing consequence of colonisation.
Australia’s shared history is explored through the works of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists of consequence, including William Barak, Tommy McRae, J.W. Lindt, Arthur Boyd, Brook Andrew, Maree Clarke, Christian Thompson, Gordon Bennett, Julie Gough and Yhonnie Scarce. The exhibition features key works from the NGV collection as well as significant loans.
About NGV: Melbourne
Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Hosting a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.
With a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles.
Image Credit: Gordon Bennett
Terra nullius 1989 synthetic polymer paint on canvas
75.0 x 225.0 cm Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise
Purchased with funds raised by Gold Coast City Art Gallery Volunteers, 1989 (1989.43)
© The Estate of Gordon Bennett