The National Gallery released the findings of the independent review into the provenance of the 28 paintings that formed the Ngura Pulka – Epic Country exhibition.
Under the Terms of Reference, the Independent Reviewers (with the assistance of two First Nations experts) assessed whether the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) artists attributed as the creators of the paintings exercised effective creative control over the creation of the paintings, and so can properly be described as the artists responsible for those works.
The Independent Panel has determined, based on the extensive evidence assessed, that the artists exercised effective creative control and that the 28 paintings comply with the National Gallery’s provenance policy.
Consistent with National Gallery conflict of interest protocols, Council Member Ms Sally Scales declared a conflict of interest both as a Director of the APY Art Centre Collective and as an artist represented in the exhibition. She recused herself from Council deliberations regarding the review and the exhibition.
The National Gallery will work closely with the artists and make programming decisions in due course.
The National Gallery will continue to monitor the South Australian Government’s review into the APY Art Centre Collective.
The independent panel findings can be accessed in full here.
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