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Australian Indigenous art at the United Nations on World Oceans Day

Joint Media Release:

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts

Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti–Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Hon Warren Entsch MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt

The Australian Government is proud to support a major exhibition of Indigenous art from Cape York and the Torres Strait opening today at the United Nations headquarters in New York to mark World Oceans Day.

Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts have a powerful and distinctive presence, which lie at the heart of Australia’s diverse contemporary culture and national identity.

Twenty-eight new ghost-net sculptural works by artists from the Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre on the west coast of Cape York will feature in the exhibition, Australia: Defending the Oceans.

Brian Robinson will exhibit his sculpture Stingray: Ocean Guardian, which relays the creation story of the Great Barrier Reef and acknowledges his heritage and the stingray as one of his family’s totems.

This ambitious exhibition celebrates the creativity and dynamism of contemporary Indigenous cultures and highlights the important role that Indigenous artists and communities play in protecting coastal environments.

The exhibition reflects the environmental message of World Oceans Day to encourage solutions to plastic pollution and prevent marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.

Media contacts:

Senator Fifield: Geraldine Mitchell - 0407 280 476  

Senator Fierravanti-Wells: Carolyn Jack - 0436 411 375/