Tribal Abduction Project - Darwin Innovation Hub


This acquisition represents an important civic project for Australia realising Harold Thomas’ dream: for Tribal Abduction to be a painting that communicates and heals on a global scale:

“With traditional (Aboriginal) art, the art of my ancestors, you couldn’t express it — it’s not there. That’s what I believe,” Thomas said. “It’s probably a picture that people wanted to have out in the community. We needed a painting like that (and) I hadn’t seen it.” – Harold Thomas

In 2016 Paspalis purchased Tribal Abduction, the overall winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) with the objective to see it displayed in a prominent and worthy public space to ensure maximum exposure and impact for both Australians and international visitors alike.

We are working with the National Gallery of Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Northern Territory Government to see this work exhibited at the Musee Du Quai Branly in Paris in 2018 coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation.  It is our hope that this work will then return to Darwin to be exhibited permanently at the future planned Northern Territory Museum dedicated to the Stolen Generation.

This inspiring painting by one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists and Territorian Harold Thomas, himself a member of the Stolen Generation, speaks to the legacy of generational trauma suffered by members of the Stolen Generation.  This magnificent work of art has received both national and international acclaim in such publications as the Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and London Times describing it as a work of great historical significance providing space for cathartic reflection and healing.


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