Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.
How to use this resource
This digital learning resource creates access to selected content published in the major education resource Home: Aboriginal art from New South Wales (2013). It has been developed to help students and educators understand and appreciate the richness and diversity of Aboriginal art in New South Wales.
Four themes have been developed to highlight subject, experiential or material, and process-based connections between the artists. Ideas for looking, responding and making art are available in each theme.
Artists’ biographical details appear in the following order: birth (and death) dates, language group, the region the language group is in, domicile, the region of domicile.
View the artists featured on this learning resource
Artworks informed by individual, family or community experiences
“Home” can mean a number of things: a place of residence, a connection to country, or a sense of belonging. Home may be the country of our ancestors, our family and our youth; it can be an enduring sense of place.
Home: Aboriginal art from New South Wales celebrates the idea of home through the work of Aboriginal artists who belong to nations and language groups that today fall within the area defined as NSW. It highlights artworks in the Gallery’s collection as well as key works in selected regional collections, including Bidjigal Aboriginal Arts and Crafts, Huskisson; Goondee Aboriginal Keeping Place, Lightning Ridge; Grafton Regional Gallery; Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales; Moree Plains Gallery; and Wollongong City Gallery.
Home demonstrates how Aboriginal art develops from a complex and dynamic social and cultural network; how it is at once deeply embedded in the heritage of particular language groups and strongly informed by contemporary events and ideas. It offers a new way of looking at Aboriginal art of Australia’s south-east, establishing it as both a historical and contemporary movement that has shaped and informed Australian culture.
This map indicates the key Regions of Aboriginal Australia that fall within the area now defined as New South Wales. These regions are based on the Horton map published by AIATSIS in 1996. Locations connected to artists featured in this resource are also indicated.
Artworks that show a continuation of inherited cultural forms and innovation within these
Artworks that express Aboriginal presence and identity
Artworks informed by materials sourced from Country
Art sets created by teachers for teachers
An innovative regional outreach education program developed in partnership with The Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education and regional galleries across NSW