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Ceremonial beauty and ancestral connections: Tiwi Islands art and artefacts – in pictures | Art and design

The art of the Tiwi Islands is intimately connected with the visual, oral and dance culture that anchors Tiwi people’s identity. From carved memorial sculptures to the intricate painted designs worn during ceremonies, Tiwi art is a gateway to understanding the depth and beauty of Tiwi culture. ‘Melbourne is a long way from the Tiwi Islands,’ says Pedro Wonaeamirri, cultural advisor to Tiwi, an exhibition of art and artefacts now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria. ‘But I like to be able to share our stories with others.’

Tiwi is showing at NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, until 8 March

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