Belonging: Stories of Australian Art

The history of 19th century Australian art is recast in this epic presentation of historical and contemporary work created by more than 170 artists from across Australia. By placing a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous works side by side for the first time, ‘Belonging: Stories of Australian Art’ reconsiders Australia’s history of colonisation through a visual narrative of its impact and ongoing effects, from traditional European depictions of Australian landscapes void of First Nations people to contemporary works representing Indigenous perspectives.

Mervyn Bishop (Murri people), Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into hand of traditional landowner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory, 1975, printed 1994, dye destruction photograph. © Mervyn Bishop. Courtesy the artist, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney and National Gallery of Australia, Australian Capital Territory

Christopher Pease (Minang/Wardandi/Ballardong/Nyoongar peoples), Target 3, 2017, oil on Belgian linen. Purchased 2019

National Gallery of Australia
Australian Capital Territory