A new exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal sculptures in Canberra will show indigenous art is more than just dot paintings.
The National Museum of Australia is hosting the exhibit, which features the work of 33 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Canberra will be the last city to host the pieces after a two-and-a-half year national tour.
Frank Howarth, director of the Australian Museum which has provided some of the pieces for the exhibit, says they show Aboriginal art has more to offer than stereotypical dot paintings.
Aboriginal art suffers from a “shrimp on the barbie” image problem, he says.
“I think we’ve used indigenous art as a great way to attract people to Australia,” Mr Howarth told AAP on Thursday. “But now we need to work to change the perception that indigenous art is quite so stereotyped.”
The Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture exhibition will be on show until October 14 at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. He hopes to take the exhibit overseas once the national tour ends.
The works include ceramics, fibre works, wood carvings, and sculpture cast in bronze and aluminium.