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About the exhibition

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) presents a world premiere exhibition that celebrates the ground-breaking and critically acclaimed Australian Indigenous superhero television series, Cleverman. Cleverman stormed onto ABC TV in 2016 as a dystopian sci-fi with a difference. With a predominantly Indigenous cast and senior crew, the series takes a selection of well-known Aboriginal origin stories and recasts them in a contemporary context, whilst also exploring themes of class, racism and power. Co-creator Ryan Griffen said: “Cleverman started out as a story for my son, a hero for him to look up to and connect with his culture at the same time. It’s been great to work with so many amazing creators across both cast and crew that make the series what it is, and to see the concept grow from a pitch to a tv series, comic book and now an exhibition.” The exhibition explores First Nations storytelling, language and creativity through production design, costumes and props, and invites visitors to listen-first and immerse themselves in a powerful and contemporary expression of Indigenous origin stories. Including original props, costumes and character designs by WETA Workshop as well as interviews with the cast and crew and original artwork from the comic book series, the exhibition experience maps the making of the television series with stories from Aboriginal dreaming and mythology. This exhibition was made by ACMI and ACMI’s First Nations curator Kathrine Clarke (a proud Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera) and co-curated by Cleverman concept creator Ryan Griffen and Cleverman production designer Jacob Nash. ACMI’s Cleverman exhibition was conceived and developed in close consultation with a multi-disciplinary Indigenous Advisory Group.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/01/2022 onwards
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Audio Descriptions, Education Kit, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
Cleverman features original costumes, props, audio material from the series, illustrations / behind the scenes videos, comic book, storyboards and Bindawu Spirit listening space.
Primary contact
Carrie Mulford
Exhibitions Project Coordinator - Touring
+61 3 8663 2410
Secondary contact
ACMI Touring