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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements and activism

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies (Years 4 to 6)

Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies: Years 4 to 6

Duration
1 hour
Materials
A3 drawing paper and pencils
Price
Free

Explore our Collection with one of our expert Learning Facilitators as your guide. This program explores portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander subjects. Through activity, drawing, conversation and close looking students will discover their culture and significant events from Colonial times to contemporary society. 

Curriculum links

In this program, students will:

  • Increase their knowledge of portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists, their roles and contribution to Australian society and as contemporary global citizens;
  • Be exposed to the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia and their connection with country/place, including custodial responsibility;
  • Explore the nature of colonisation and its influence on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Examine the history of status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian Democracy;
  • Consider individuals life stories in diverse fields;
  • Discuss techniques and media used by artists to interpret and represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and how we or others may ‘read’ those lives through the portraits past and present.

Bookings

To make a booking, please go to the bookings page and choose Virtual Excursions from the program list. In 'Special requirements' please state 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements and activism, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies'.

The Virtual Excursions project is made possible with funds generously donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

We would like to thank our partners.
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.