Consultation and cooperation key to the respectful acquisition of Kaurna Murlapaka

20200708 INSTALLATION VIEW Gallery 2 photo Saul Steed 0Z2Y4891 installation view: Gallery 2 featuring Murlapaka (shield), made by Kaurna people in the 19th century and An Aboriginal encampment, near the Adelaide foothills by Alexander Schramm, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.

The Art Gallery of South Australia has acquired a rare Kaurna Murlapaka, bark shield, from a private collector, which will now stay on permanent display in the gallery’s Elder Wing.

The process of acquisition undertook significant consultation with the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains.

The Murlapaka was acquired with $100,000 support from the Commonwealth Government’s National Cultural Heritage Account along with Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. 

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