Vincent Namatjira in British Museum exhibition on Indigenous Australia
30 April 2015

The Great Hall of the British Museum

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Vincent's quote: "It was the beginning of our shared history. Everything after Cook was between us all."

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Vincent Namatjira's Captain Cook installed

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Enjoying London before the opening: Amanda Dent, Brian Hallett, Mr Simon Hogan (Spinifex arts project), John Carty (National Museum of Australia)

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Also at the British Museum: Buku-Larrngay artist Wukun Wanambi's Larrakitj

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We were delighted to be in London for the official opening by HRH The Prince of Wales of the British Museum's exhibition Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation. Galerie Zadra was invited as Vincent Namatjira's representative gallery.

While there, we caught up for a cup of tea with Mr Simon Hogan, Amanda Dent, and Brian Hallett from Spinifex arts project, as well as John Carty from the National Museum of Australia and a member of the curatorial team.

At the official exhibition opening by HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles stressed the importance of Indigenous history for Australia's national identity. A quote by Vincent Namatjira printed on the wall near his Captain Cook painting brought the premise of the exhibition's title "Enduring Civilisation" into focus:

It was the beginning of our shared history. Everything after Cook was between us all.

Whilst at the British Museum, we had the chance to enjoy Buku-Larrngay artist Wukun Wanambi's stunning works which are currently on exhibition there too. We exhibited a selection of Yirrkala barks and poles in our Adelaide gallery back in 2014.

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation is an important exhibition, and we urged everyone in and passing through London to see it. The exhibition runs until 2 August 2015.