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.
The National Gallery of Victoria respectfully advises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that this site includes images, works and names of deceased Indigenous people and may include images of artistic, cultural or intellectual property that may be of a sensitive nature. We have made efforts to ensure that restricted works are not reproduced. This website may contain terms that reflect the period in which the item was created and may be considered inappropriate today. These are a reflection of past practices only and do not reflect the attitudes of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
The NGV is committed to making as much of the collection available on line as possible. Please note some of these records contain images of First Nations people and cultural practices. Please contact [email protected] if you have reason to believe any of these records contain sensitive, secret/sacred, and/or restricted content, and therefore should not be publicly available.