TIWI, showcasing works from 1911 to the present day, consists of almost 300 works by over 70 artists. The exhibition features 153 works rigorously selected from the NGV Collection and 130 loans of rare historical objects and contemporary paintings from Australian lenders. TIWI avoids a linear chronology, instead divided into spaces that reveal different aspects of Tiwi art and culture. The two principal cultural events for the Tiwi are the pukumani (mourning) and kulama (coming of age) ceremonies. Each Tiwi person is encouraged to participate in customary visual and performative art as part of these ceremonies including the creation of tutini (poles), jilamara (body painting), kawakawayi (song) and yoyi (dance). Tiwi creativity is expressed through random combinations of turtiyanginari (colour), patterns of marlipinyini (lines), kurluwukari (circles) and pwanga (dots).


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Ivan Durrant | Exhibition video tour TIWI | Exhibition video tour House Of Heroines Lara Schnitger in conversation with Pip Wallis Nature Recoded Refik Anadol in conversation with Simone LeAmon The Whole is Worth More Than the Sum of its Parts Faye Toogood in conversation with Simone LeAmon Crystalline Erez Nevi Pana In Conversation with Ewan McEoin ANAM at NGV Massive journey of personally nocturne’d object | James Gleeson ANAM at NGV Inspiration | Aby Altson ANAM at NGV Cahill Expressway | Jeffrey Smart ANAM at NGV An old bee farm | Clara Southern ANAM at NGV The Bridge in-curve | Grace Cossington Smith ANAM at NGV Actual fractual | Howard Arkley Exhibition Tour – Collecting Comme Art Tour – Women in Art: 17th–18th Century Exhibition Tour – Japanese Modernism Top Arts 2020 Exhibition Introduction Artist Talk – In Absence: NGV Architecture Commission 2019 Exhibition Tour – Colin McCahon: Letters and Numbers Sarabande from Bach’s Suite No 1 for Violoncello in the Salon Gallery Inspired by Salomon van Ruysdael's River landscape with boats Art Tour – The European Grand Tour Art Tour – The Great Nineteenth Century Art Highlights: The First Cloud & Anguish Debussy’s Syrinx in the Salon Gallery Inspired by Edward Burne-Jones’s The garden of Pan Bach’s Allemande from the D minor Partita No 2 in the Gallery Inspired by Meindert Hobbema’s The old oak Grace Crowley’s Girl with goats With Beckett Rozentals, Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture & Decorative Arts to 1980 A Master of Indigenous art: Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula’s Kampurarrpa With Judith Ryan AM, Senior Curator of Indigenous art Louise Bouteiller’s Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante, reading Paul et Virginie With Senior Curator of International art, Ted Gott Edwin Landseer’s Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream With Senior Curator of International art, Ted Gott Arthur Streeton’s Corfe Castle With Curator of International Art, Laurie Benson In Absence | Behind the Design 2019 NGV Architecture Commission Part 5: Senior Warlpiri women render permanent sacred designs Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 4: Iconography in modern art forms Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 3: A momentous change in Indigenous Art Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 2: From rock escarpment to bark Marking Time guided exhibition tour Part 1: Introducing Marking Time Marking Time guided exhibition tour Drop-by Drawing with Kenny Pittock | The Melon A how-to series on sketching Drop-by Drawing with Minna Gilligan A how-to series on sketching Drop-by Drawing with Lily Mae Martin A how-to series on sketching Josephine and Napoléon divorce Laurie Benson shares the story behind the painting Elizabeth Thompson’s The 28th Regiment at Quatre Bras A celebrated military painter A hand is discovered in Anne Forbes’ Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Hamilton Dr. Maria Quirk reflects on the work Tom Roberts: naturalistic bent Curator Talk John Brack: Capturing the ordinary Curator Talk