Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

National Exhibition Register

  • Keris
    Eddie Nona Keris, 2015
    Pearl shell, trochus shell, feathers, cassowary feathers, crayfish spines, natural fibre and beeswax
    580 x 850 x 150cm (h x l x w)
    Image Credit
    Photo: 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. Exhibition installation images can be viewed here

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
01/02/2019 - 02/02/2022
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
National Museum of Australia and Gab Titui Cultural Centre
$500 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Other materials
The National Museum of Australia (NMA) also offers digital access programs to regional museums, libraries and galleries, and may be able to collaborate with the venue to develop a public program or event around the exhibition. Activities may include a live video connection to an NMA educator or curator.
Primary contact
Catherine Czerw
Travelling Exhibitions Officer - Exhibition Projects and Interpretation
National Museum of Australia
02 6208 5047
Secondary contact
Deborah Hill
02 6208 5106
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.