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Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks & 2015 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award

The 2015 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award and cultural maintenance exhibition, Evolution: Torres Strait Masks opened to the public in celebrations held at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on 18 June 2015.  Over 400 people joined the festivities, including artists from across the Torres Strait, visiting dance team Aibai Sagulau Buai from Badu Island, and representatives from major national institutions, the National Museum of Australia and National Gallery of Australia.

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) requested the exhibition to tour to Canberra to be on show there between May and July 2017. The exhibition opened on 19 May will be part of the temporary exhibition programme focussed on the Torres Strait. This is in addition to the permanent exhibition on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at the NMA.

The masks in this exhibition were commissioned from cultural practitioners from around the region. Gab Titui acknowledges the work and contributions from master craftsmen:

Alick Tipoti; Milton Savage; Andrew Passi; Kapua Gutchen; Eddie Nona; Yessie Mosby; Seriat Young and Vincent Babia.