The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne is proud to support the National Gallery of Victoria’s NAIDOC Week Celebrations in 2013.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.

The NGV will host a week-long festival of events to showcase and celebrate the talents of local and interstate Indigenous artists, performers, actors and directors, the biggest NAIDOC program ever undertaken by the NGV.

The NGV Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square

Highlights include:

Thu 11 Jul, 12.30pm
Floor Talk: Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin
Qantas Airways Indigenous Galleries, Ground Level
Aunty Joy discusses the work of her Ancestor William Barak on display.
“Fire Blessing” Ancient Aboriginal Prayer, Rev Helen Summers

Thu 11 Jul, 6pm
Inaugural Keynote Lecture: Elina Spilia – Indigenous Art After the 1960s: Arnhem Land
Theatre, Ground Level
On the 50th anniversary year of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions, 1963, art historian Elina Spilia discusses landmarks in art from Arnhem Land since the 1960s, from traditional bark painting to international contemporary art.

Fri 12 Jul, 11.30am
Kids on Tour: Clinton Nain
Qantas Airways Indigenous Galleries, Ground Level
Indigenous contemporary artist, Clinton Nain takes families on a guided tour of the Qantas Airways Indigenous Galleries.

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Untitled (Ceremony)

William Barak
Earth pigments, watercolour and pencil on paper

50.5 x 63 cm

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Warren Clark Bequest, 2001