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Image Tony Albert, 'ASH on me', 2008

TLF ID M014295

This is an installation by Girramay artist Tony Albert (b1981) using black text that reads ‘ASH on me’ and found objects: ceramic and metal ashtrays. These objects present Aboriginal people in different ways, some as caricatures. The work of art is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about Albert’s practice and provides a strong visual analysis articulating the historical use and collection of these objects in the 1950s and 1960s as a way for non-Indigenous Australians to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The installation measures 150.0 cm high x 150.0 cm wide and was constructed from vintage ashtrays on vinyl lettering.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the Responding strand in the 9-10 year bands in the visual arts curriculum, especially for those content descriptions that refer to considering the broader context of works of art, such as their social, cultural and historical context and role of the artist and of the audience/s.
  • The work is of considerable significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It expresses that Aboriginal peoples' ways of life are uniquely expressed through their ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing. Further, the resource exemplifies Australia's acknowledgement of the significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people locally and globally. Tony Albert is considered a significant contemporary urban Aboriginal artist.
Year level

9; 10

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Person: Tony Albert
  • Description: Artist
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
  • Organization: National Gallery of Australia
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Person: Tony Albert
  • Publisher
  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
  • Organization: National Gallery of Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Image
  • Text
  • Resource: © National Gallery of Australia 2013 (except where otherwise indicated). Image: © Tony Albert. This material may be used, reproduced, published, communicated and adapted free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes until 30 June 2018, provided all copyright notices and acknowledgements are retained.