First Nations display renews in vision and scope

Wurrdha Marra at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is an ever-evolving space to create new encounters with First Nations art and design.
Installation view of Wurrdha Marra on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 12 October 2023. Photo: Tom Ross.

Starting today (12 October), visitors to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia will be able to experience the new ground floor First Nations exhibition space. Named Wurrdha Marra, meaning ‘Many Mobs’, by the Wurundjeri Council, the space will be home to an ever-changing display of First Nations works spanning painting, design, photography, weaving and more.

Drawn from the NGV’s First Nations art and design collection, Wurrdha Marra brings a fresh outlook to works by iconic artists, as well as present unexpected inclusions. Each piece is a symbol of the vast breadth of practice upheld by First Nations creative practitioners, while underscoring how every artist imbues something of themselves even into traditional techniques.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_