Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

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  • Zei Sagulaw Mawa
    Vincent Babia Zei Sagulaw Mawa
    Image Credit
    Saibai/Seisia, Kalaw Kawaw Ya language group - Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Photograph by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.

About the exhibition

Masks from Zenadh Kes (Thursday Island) are striking objects of deep ritual and historical significance. While rooted in ancient protocols and spirituality, masks and mask making are celebrated today as expressions of artistic and cultural revival.

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks presents a rich history of mask making in the Torres Strait. The commissioned works of eight artists in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula take visitors on a journey that highlights the evolution of the mask in Torres Strait Islander ceremonies and culture; from the Haddon expedition and visits by early maritime explorers through to contemporary art practice and its continuing significance in the present day.

This exhibition is a partnership between the National Museum of Australia and the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and it's parent body the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

Artists and Curator

Leitha Assan and Alick Tipoti

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

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/08/2020 - 31/12/2020
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
National Museum of Australia and Gab Titui Cultural Centre
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
The National Museum offers digital access programs including a live video connection to a Museum Educator or Curator. Gab Titui Culural Centre can provide support with public programs.
Primary contact
Catherine Czerw
Travelling Exhibitions Officer
National Museum of Australia
02 6208 5047
Developed by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with Gab Titui Cultural Centre with the assistance of the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.