A collection of ceremonial Torres Strait Islander masks is set to tour Australia and the world, in the Gab Titui Cultural Centre’s cultural maintenance exhibition titled Evolution: Torres Strait Masks.
Evolution: Torres Strait Masks was developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, in partnership with the National Museum of Australia (NMA) in 2015. It explores the importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait Islander culture and their influence on contemporary art forms.
Evolution has since been exhibited at the National Museum of Australia and is currently on display at the Museum of Tropical Queensland until 2 September 2018. In partnership with the NMA and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the exhibition will also open internationally as a graphic panel display at Vietnam’s Museum of Ethnology in May 2018, and is set to continue its tour to over of 30 countries worldwide.
Torres Strait Regional Authority Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM, said the cultural centre has been honoured by the reception the exhibition has received.
“The Gab Titui curatorial team worked closely with the National Museum of Australia, British Museum, Queensland Museum and well-known Torres Strait Islander artist, Alick Tipoti, to develop Evolution: Torres Strait Masks”, Mr Stephen said.
“We look forward to audiences both here in Australia and overseas being able to share in the extraordinary craftsmanship of the artists involved”.
Main image credit: Image: Christina Tully, Torres Strait Regional Authority