Indigenous art choices – who decides?

19 Apr 5:30pm -
19 Apr 6:30pm

360 Swanston St RMIT Building 8
level 4
room 13 Melbourne, VIC 3000



Join us at a round table discussion on Indigenous representation in the RMIT Art Collection, as part of the RMIT survey exhibition Chaos & Order: 120 years of collecting at RMIT (13 April- 9 June).

Chaired by Jessica Clark and Catherine Lake from the Ngarara Willim Centre.

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The RMIT Art Collection includes more than 80 works by Indigenous artists – a selection of which will be presented in Chaos & Order. While many important pieces have been acquired over the years, by a wide margin the majority are by Indigenous artists from the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and decisions on what to purchase are made on the recommendation of a committee that has no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander representatives.

This discussion presents an important opportunity to talk about how community can have a more direct role in determining the nature and use of Indigenous works in the collection, whether the collection should pull focus on local Indigenous artists, and how we can promote engagement.


Presented by RMIT Gallery in partnership with RMIT Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


Image: Reko Rennie, I wear my own crown, 2013

© Reko Rennie, courtesy of Mark Ashkanasy