Zendah Kes (Torres Strait Islands) artist Alick Tipoti is arguably the most important artist of his generation, and for the first time, the museum will present a retrospective of his works.

In November 2020, the museum will hold a major new cultural exhibition, Mariw Minaral (Spiritual Patterns): A retrospective of Alick Tipoti's work

The exhibition will showcase Tipoti's award-winning large sculptural works, ancestral masks and intricate linocuts that highlight the Torres Strait's unique printmaking practice.

Combining both 2D and 3D works, this exhibition will immerse visitors in Torres Strait Islander culture, with Tipoti's artistic voice connecting ancient cultural practice with present environmental concerns facing his people. 

When we enter Tipoti's visual cosmos of art, we begin to understand Maluyingal perspectives of how all dimensions of human experience are implicated in one another.

Kevin Sumption PSM, Director


Why we need your help

Alick Tipoti has offered two of his new works, Sesserae Bu Shell and Danagi Waaru to the National Maritime Collection before they are lost to private hands. The acquisitions will help us build our nation's preeminent collection of contemporary art from the Torres Strait Islands.

Tipoti's work speaks to his land, his culture and to the environmental pressures placed upon it. The acquisitions will also speak strongly to contemporary community concern about the conservation of our oceans.

Your support will help us develop this major new cultural exhibition, acquire works, support programming and potentially facilitate Mariw Minaral to travel throughout Australia and beyond. 

Your tax-deductible donation will directly support the growth of our collection and ensure contemporary art from the Torres Strait Islands can be enjoyed and viewed by all.

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Header image: Kaygasiw Usul by Alick Tipoti, 2014. ANMM Collection, 00054384. Purchased with funds from the Sid Faithfull and Christine Sadler program supporting Contemporary Indigenous Maritime Heritage in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands through the ANMM Foundation.