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Reimagining Representations: First Peoples Engagement at Rockhampton Art Gallery

Rockhampton Art Gallery is undergoing a major transformation, and in 2021 will reopen as the centrepiece of Rockhampton’s new Cultural Precinct under the new name of Rockhampton Museum of Art.

From its inception, the new Rockhampton Museum of Art will place Indigenous voices at its heart through increased First Nations engagement and representation in its collection, staff and programming. Support from TFFF will enable Rockhampton Art Gallery to achieve this through the implementation of its Reimagining Representations: First Peoples Engagement strategy.

This strategy involves working closely with local Elders through Darumbal Enterprises to employ First Nations staff in key new roles for Rockhampton Museum of Art, which will ensure more Indigenous perspectives in collection and exhibition development and in public programming. The strategy will also increase access to the gallery for local Indigenous audiences through the provision of a free bus service.

As a major regional cultural institution, Rockhampton Art Gallery is leading positive change by prioritising greater visibility, respect, and celebration of First Nations voices in Central Queensland.

Students explore Rockhampton Art Gallery exhibitions, House and My Home, Your Home. Photo courtesy Rockhampton Art Gallery.