Just Not Australian

Extended until 24 October 2021

Please note that current Covid-19 restrictions are impacting on our ability to show this exhibition.
We are hosting a number of online activities & content for audiences to engage with Just not Australian online.

Just Not Australian presents work by Australian artists at the forefront of national debate and practice. This exhibition brings together 20 artists across generations and diverse cultural backgrounds to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. Showcasing the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance so as to present a broad exploration of race, place and belonging, Just Not Australian interrogates what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time.

Just Not Australian engages with the moral and ethical undertones of the loaded rejoinder ‘un- Australian’ – a pejorative now embedded in our national vocabulary that continues to be used to further political agendas and to spread nationalistic ideals of what it means to be Australian. Far from a simple comparison, a consideration of what’s not Australian ultimately leads to questions of what is, and the artists in Just Not Australian consider this in detail.

This exhibition begins its national tour from 2020 which marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia, a timely moment to interrogate Australia’s colonial history and the complexities of presenting and representing national identity.

Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is being toured nationally by M&G NSW touring exhibition

Image: LIAM BENSON Red Flag 2017, glass beads, seed beads, sequins, cotton, 30 x 59cm. Courtesy the Artist and Artereal Gallery. Photo: Zan Wimberley.



Artist & Curator Interviews

Interview with Curator, Talia Linz
Video by M&G NSW



Interview with Artist, Tony Albert
Video by M&G NSW