Thursday 2 July 2020
6.30 – 8.30pm

"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

The Defying Empire exhibition brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight at the Maritime Museum as part of our Encounters 2020 programming. Join artist Tina Baum in a lively panel discussion with five of the artists featured in the Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial exhibition.


Note: Ticket includes light refreshments and the opportunity from 5.30 – 6.30pm to view the exhibition Defying Empire

Main image: Archie Moore, Aboriginal Anarchy, 2012. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2013.


Tina BaumTina Baum is from Darwin and proudly from the Larrakia/Wardaman/Karajarri peoples of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, with over 30 years’ experience working with First Nation artists and Communities in Museums and Gallery’s throughout Australia. Tina has been the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia since 2005. She curated the Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial exhibition and previously curated the Emerging Elders exhibition in 2009. She has been widely published in exhibition catalogues, magazines, and journals.

She was the recipient of the British Council and Australia Council for the Arts inaugural ACCELERATE program to the UK in 2009 and has proudly worked on the NGA Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership and Fellowship programs since its inception in 2010 as a mentor to the participants, alumni, and as a presenter and organiser.

More panel members will be announced early 2020.


Helen AnuYour host: 
Helen Anu – Curator First Peoples Project, Indigenous Programs at the Australian National Maritime Museum.




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