Archie Moore - United Neytions (public art commission), 2018 | Sydney Airport T1 International Terminal (airside) | Commissioned by Sydney International Airport in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Kamilaroi artist Archie Moore was selected from a shortlist of eight invited artists for this major public art commission for the Sydney Airport T1 International Terminal. The commission was the first partnership between Sydney Airport and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The artist created the artwork in response to 19th-century anthropologist, RH Mathews' problematic map of 1900 which identified 28 Aboriginal 'nations'. Moore's 28 corresponding flag designs explore the intersection between identity, nationhood, falsehoods and authenticity.

The permanent installation of United Neytions at Sydney Airport is a larger version of the related work exhibited in The National: New Australian Art at Carriageworks, Sydney in 2017 and the 14 small scale linen prototypes commissioned by the University of Queensland for the 2014 exhibition, Courting Blakness: Recalibrating knowledge in the sandstone university, curated by Fiona Foley.




Artist: Archie Moore
Cultural consultant: Djon Mundine OAM
Sydney Airport: Geoff Culbert, Sally Fielke, Sally Cummine, Matt Woods
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Blair French, Amanda Thompson
Artist’s representative: Amanda Rowell, The Commercial
Project curator: Barbara Flynn, Barbara Flynn Pty Ltd
Flag fabrication: Flags of All Nations
Engineer: Doug Knox, KPH Consulting
Architect: Matthew Bennett, Bennett and Trimble
Installation and frame construction: Wayne Hammonds, Quality Manufacturing Engineers Pty Ltd
Conservation: Tess Evans, Heights Heritage