Free Tate Modern Exhibition

A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled (Alhalkere) 1989. Tate. © Estate of Emily Kame Kngwarreye / DACS 2021, All rights reserved

This free exhibition brings together works which respond to debates around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights in Australia

It takes as its starting point the landmark 1992 High Court ruling in favour of Torres Strait Islander land-rights activist Edward Koiki Mabo. The ruling overturned terra nullius (meaning ‘land belonging to no-one’), the doctrine on which the British justified colonising the land now known as Australia.

The exhibition explores how artists have acknowledged the continuing relationship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with their lands, as well as the ongoing impact of colonisation and the complexities of representation in Australian society today.

The exhibition will feature many works of art jointly acquired by Tate and the MCA in Sydney through an innovative partnership established in 2015 via a gift from the Qantas Foundation. These include works which interrogate post-colonial histories, narrate political tensions, and illustrate how the oldest continuous living cultures in the world, reaching back 65,000 years, assert connection to country in contemporary art today.


Tate acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to the Elders of these lands and acknowledge the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


8 June 2021 – 30 September 2022

8 June 2021 – Autumn 2022


Free with ticket

  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • Members do not need to book, just turn up with your card
  • This exhibition is included in the All Tate Modern Collections ticket

This exhibition contains names and images of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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