Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists

6 December 2017

Art gallery with art displayed on white walls
Old Masters exhibition displayed at the National Museum of Australia, 2013.
  • Sector: Arts and Culture
  • Country location: Australia, China
  • Grantee: National Museum of Australia

Project summary

Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists is a remarkable exhibition showcasing the worlds the richest collection of bark paintings, cared for by the National Museum of Australia. It shares and celebrates the richness and complexity of Indigenous art and culture.

Through the engagement and participation of Indigenous community members in opening activities and programming at the National Museum of China it will reinforce the cultural context allowing audiences to achieve a deeper appreciation of the place of these works in the lives of Aboriginal cultures.

The involvement of the artists through public programs on site is central to the Museum's commitment to Indigenous participation, providing an opportunity for Chinese audiences to gain broader understanding of Indigenous culture. Three Indigenous artists from the Arnhem Land will travel to China in June 2018 to participate in the opening event and public program activities to coincide with the Old Masters exhibition at the National Museum of China, Beijing.

Key dates

Activity or event Location Expected start date

Exhibition opening event



Public programming including a range of activities including exhibition talks, artist workshops, performance and ceremony



Display of Old Masters exhibition at the National Museum of China, Beijing


04/06/2018 – 17/09/2018

Australia-China Council grant offer: $20,000.00 plus $2,000 GST

Total project value: $996,000.00

Last Updated: 1 August 2018