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Harold Herbert, Sunburst, 1937, watercolour on paper, 32.6 x 31.8 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. The Collection of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing
Presented to the University of Melbourne Union in 1938, the Ewing Collection comprises fifty-six paintings, prints and drawings by major nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists. By donating the collection to the university, it was Ewing’s intention that these works instruct Australians in a love of their country.
The themes of nationhood and identity remain central to Australian visual culture today, and this exhibition provides an opportunity to consider the changing values in the interpretation of Australian art.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.