The National Museum of Australia’s ground-breaking exhibition,
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is set to travel to
The Box, Plymouth, as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22
Image: Margo Neale, National Museum’s lead Indigenous curator, with Minyipuru at Pangkal - Martumili Artists 2016,
during Songlines:Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition at the NMA during 2017-18. Photo: Jason McCarthy NMA
Developed in consultation with the traditional owners of the stories, the exhibition tells an ancient creation saga of the Australian
desert. Songlines is an Aboriginal-led exhibition that will take visitors on a journey along the epic Seven Sisters Dreaming tracks,
through art, Indigenous voices and innovative multimedia and other immersive displays.
The exhibition will go on display at the prestigious gallery and museum The Box Plymouth from June to October 2021 as part of
the UK/Australia Season 2021-22, a joint initiative by the British Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Through
the theme ‘Who are we now?’ the Season will explore and celebrate the relationship between Australia and the UK across the arts,
creative industries and higher education, and will be a celebration of the diversity of cultures and languages in both countries.
The Season will take place in the UK from August to November 2021 and in Australia from September 2021 to March 2022.
Songlines is the first of its kind, attempting to tell in an exhibition space an Indigenous founding narrative by using Indigenous
ways of passing on knowledge. Stories originally performed on country are shared in new ways, with artworks becoming portals
to the deserts of the Martu, the Ngaanyatjarra and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara peoples. More than 100 Indigenous
artists from across Australia are represented in the exhibition.
Find out more:
- The National Museum of Australia’s Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition: https://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/songlines/about
- UK/Australia Season 2021-22:
- Joint ministerial media release ‘Songlines exhibition to join UK/Australia Season’:
- National Museum of Australia media release ‘Award-winning Songlines exhibition to tour internationally’: https://www.nma.gov.au/about/media/media-releases-listing-by-year/2020/songlines-exhibition-international-tour
- The Box Plymouth: