Just Not Australian


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.




Soda Jerk Gordon Hookey
Abdul Abdullah Richard Lewer
Hoda Afshar Archie Moore
Tony Albert Vincent Namatjira
Cigdem Aydemir Nell
Liam Benson Joan Ross
Eric Bridgeman Tony Schwensen
Jon Campbell Raquel Ormella
Karla Dickens Ryan Presley 
Fiona Foley


Interview with Artist, Tony Albert – video by M&G NSW


Interview with Artist, Ryan Presley – video by UQ Art Museum


Interview with Curator, Talia Linz – video by M&G NSW



Tweed Regional Gallery and The Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSW 18 September – 8 November 2020
Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW 21 November 2020 – 7 February 2021
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW 19 February – 5 April 2021
Maitland Regional Art Gallery. NSW 8 May – 1 August 2021
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW 14 August – 26 September 2021
NorthSite Contemporary Art Centre, QLD 6 December 2021 – 5 February 2022
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD 18 February – 3 April 2022
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Moreton Bay, QLD 17 April – 18 June 2022
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA 2 July – 4 September 2022
Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA 17 September – 30 October 2022



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