Colony: Australia 1770–1861

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Colony: Australia NGV 2018
John Glover 'The River Nile, Van Diemen's Land, from Mr Glover's farm' 1837
Colony: Australia NGV 2018
Augustus Earle, 'Portrait of Bungaree, a native of New South Wales' (c. 1826)
Colony: Australia NGV 2018
George Stubbs (draughtsman), Unknown (etcher), 'The kanguroo, an animal found on the coast of New Holland' (1773)
Colony: Australia NGV 2018
Henry Burn, 'Swanston Street from the Bridge' 1861
Colony: Australia NGV 2018
Eugene von Guérard, 'Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges' 1857

The NGV takes a look at Australia's colonial history and brings the Indigenous experience back to the fore in dual exhibitions

It's frequently said that Australians don't know or care much about their own history, and have little understanding of what occurred during colonisation. But the artists who were creating work on both sides of the black-white divide captured extraordinary landscapes, scenes of colonial developments and scenes of conflict that offer a colourful glimpse into our frequently dark past. These dual exhibitions show the collision of western and Indigenous art and trace how an Australian artistic expression came to be.

Colony: Australia 1770–1861 looks at the western art from the era, showing how the colonists viewed what was to them an unusual and new land. Colony: Frontier Wars looks at Indigenous art created in response to colonialism over the last two centuries. Both exhibitions are at the NGV's Federation Square gallery.

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