We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Sovereign Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We extend our respects to their Ancestors and all First Nations peoples and Elders past, present, and future.


KNOWN is a series of multilingual publications that promote the work of Indigenous artists who are yet to be the subject of sustained critical inquiry, through essays by Indigenous writers. The books celebrate Indigenous art practices through critical writing—in English and Indigenous languages. The publications also operate as a tool for language conservation and intergenerational learning, facilitating dialogue between artists, communities, and writers.

Featured artists include: 

Marrnyula Mununngurr (Djapu woman and artist from Yirrkala, Northeast Arnhem Land) with words by Dr. Maia Nuku (Maori / Ngai Tai woman and curator of Oceanic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Katie West (artist belonging to the Yindjibarndi people of the Pilbara tablelands in Western Australia) with words by Claire G. Coleman (Wirlomin-Noongar-Australian woman, writer and poet)

Sonia Kurarra (Noonkanbah woman from Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia) with words by Lynley Nargoodah (Nyikina/ Walmajarri woman and curator Special Projects, Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing) and Emilia Galatis (curator, consultant and producer, EG Projects, Western Australia)

Tennant Creek Brio (Indigenous artist collective from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory) with words by Tristen Harwood (Indigenous writer, cultural critic and researcher raised in Perth and based in Naarm)

Pedro Wonaeamirri (Tiwi artist from Melville Island, Northern Territory) with words by Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri artist and curator)

Sonja and Elisa Jane Carmichael (Ngugi/Quandamooka women, master weavers and artists from Stradbroke Island, Queensland) with words by Katina Davidson (Kullilli/Yuggera woman and curator of Indigenous Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane)

The project has been funded through philanthropic donations, Creative Australia, and the Indigenous Languages and Art (ILA) Program, Office for the Arts, which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. 

Martuwarra 2021 by Sonia Kurarra. Image Courtesy the artist and Short St Gallery.