Major art acquisition unveiled and exhibition launched

17 August 2017

A major new collaborative art work by two of Australia’s finest artists was unveiled at Parliament House today.

The Messenger, a collaboration between Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers, was unveiled by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP, and an exhibition of works by the two artists was officially opened.

The Messenger, which will be on display in the public area of Parliament House from today, is the latest major work to be acquired for the collection and joins more than 600 other contemporary Indigenous artworks in the Parliament House collection.

Michael Nelson Jagamara is a Warlpiri man from Yuendumu, based in Papunya, in the Northern Territory. Imants Tillers is a Sydney-born artist of Latvian heritage, whose artistic preoccupations include the themes of displacement and diaspora. They have been making collaborative works since 2001.

Both artists are well-represented in the Parliament House collection. A highlight is the iconic forecourt mosaic, designed by Michael Nelson Jagamara, that has greeted around 30 million visitors to Parliament House since 1988.

The new exhibition of their works, Meeting Place: Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers, features works produced collaboratively as well as individual works by both artists. It can be found in the Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area on level one of Parliament House, alongside the Great Hall.

The exhibition is open daily until 12 November 2017.

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