Teacher notes

This resource has been designed to support school and gallery based learning for the exhibition Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories.

Learning objectives

  • Identify and discuss the themes and ideas in key works in Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories with consideration for the artist’s intentions
  • Develop and articulate interpretation of the works.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining and reviving traditional cultural practices.

Links to the Victorian Curriculum


  1. Fran Edmonds, ‘Living and breathing art and culture’: Maree Clarke and the ‘art’ of cultural maintenance in ‘Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2021.
  2. Maree Clarke, interview with Fran Edmonds, transcript in possession of Fran Edmonds, 25 Nov 2011.
  3. Maree Clarke, ‘Linear Artists: Maree Clarke’, MAAS 15 Nov 2019, https://maas.museum/linear-artists-maree-clarke/ accessed 12 Apr. 2021
  4. ibid.
  5. Wrapped in Culture, Wrapped in Culture, 2021, https://wrappedinculture.ca/about/ accessed 20 Apr. 2021
  6. Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Maree Clarke, Museums Victoria https://museumsvictoria.com.au/bunjilaka/about-us/birrarung-gallery/maree-clarke/ accessed 20 Apr. 2021
  7. Maree Clarke ‘Ritual and Ceremony’ 2013, exhibition label from Colony: Frontier Wars, National Gallery of Victoria, 2018
  8. Myles Russell-Cook et al., Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2021