From our team here at NGV, we would like to express our very best wishes to our community at this time. We are currently closed to the public and will reopen on Saturday, 27 June, 2020.

In line with Victorian Chief Health Officer’s guidance, the NGV will implement a variety of public health and physical distancing measures including free timed ticketing, appropriate queue management and increased deep cleaning of facilities, as well as increased hand sanitiser stations.

We encourage you to continue to visit our website and follow #NGVEveryDay on social media for updates on our reopening and daily inspiration.

We are very grateful for the loyalty of the NGV community and look forward to welcoming you back soon.


Bea Maddock Terra Spiritus … with a darker shade of pale 1993-98

TERRA SPIRITUS ... with a darker shade of pale 1993-1998

Terra Spiritus … with a darker shade of pale is a conceptual, artistic and technical tour de force and the culmination of Maddock’s extraordinary career. Comprising fifty-two sheets which, when installed, run over forty metres, the work depicts Tasmania’s entire coastline viewed from the sea. The simplified outlines of the land hark back to topographical drawings made to aid navigation. While English place names, printed in blind letterpress text, claim ownership, the Indigenous names that float over the sea assert a much older presence, one that was finally acknowledged with the repudiation of the concept of terra nullius with Mabo v. Queensland in 1992.