Indigenous Art

The Department of Indigenous Art is responsible for the National Gallery of Victoria’s collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the art of Oceania, Pre-hispanic America and Africa. The department manages, facilitates and supports activities involving the acquisition, display and interpretation, research into and public dissemination about works of art within its compass. The collection numbers approximately 5,000 works across all media, many of which are objects and paintings composed of organic materials.

The department’s long standing objective is to establish a collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art of international repute that is accessible internationally through extensive publication, exhibition, loans and rotation of collection displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Moreover, the department aims to ensure that the art of Oceania and of Pre-Hispanic America also have a strong presence in the NGV Collection and in NGV Collection Online.

The department aims to build strong links with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Oceanic communities, both near and far, to ensure that the NGV’s Indigenous exhibitions, publications and educational source material are in accord with intellectual property rights and cultural protocols and that the NGV is regarded as an institution that is visitor friendly, enlightened, inclusive and respectful of First Nations peoples and their culture throughout the world.

Collection Highlights

Our Team

Judith Ryan
Senior Curator, Indigenous Art

Myles Russell-Cook
Curator, Indigenous Art