Just Not Australian

Just Not Australian presents work by 19 Australian artists at the forefront of national debate and practice. Spanning generations and diverse cultural backgrounds, the artists deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood.

The exhibition engages with the moral and ethical undertones of the loaded phrase ‘un- Australian’. Far from a simple comparison, a consideration of what’s not Australian ultimately leads to questions of what is. Just Not Australian reflects a multifarious nation divided across many issues, from immigration and border protection to land rights and Indigenous sovereignty, racism and xenophobia to resource exploitation and climate change.

Curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums and Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition has been assisted with funding through the Australia Council for the Arts.

Just Not Australian contains strong language, images and themes that some visitors may find challenging. The content is intended to reflect the everyday, lived experiences of Australians represented in the exhibition.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are advised that some works contain images of deceased persons.

The artists featured in this exhibition include Abdul Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Cigdem Aydemir, Liam Benson, Eric Bridgeman, Jon Campbell, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Nell, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley, Joan Ross, Tony Schwensen and Soda Jerk.

Guests at the launch of Sydney Open 2018 listening to speakers Dr Caroline Butler Bowden, Director of Strategy and Engagement at Sydney Living Museums and Lisa Davies, Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald in the Gold Melting Room at the Mint
Past event

Films: Just Not Australian

Watch a curated selection of films that relate to the themes of the exhibition and the included works

Twenty Dollar Note - Woloa Commemorative, 2010
Past event

Just Not Australian: Unpacked

Join Just Not Australian artists for a panel discussion about the exhibition and its themes

Soda Jerk, TERROR NULLIUS (video still), 
2018, HD video, 54 minutes. Commissioned by 
the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 
Melbourne. Courtesy the artists.
Past event


Join us for the screening of TERROR NULLIUS in the Warrane Theatre. This artwork forms part of the Just Not Australian exhibition curated by Artspace

Just Not Australian logos

Past exhibition

  • 11 March - 4 June 2023