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East coast encounter - re-imagining the 1770 encounter
East coast encounter - re-imagining the 1770 encounter9 May - 24 August 2014
East Coast Encounter is a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters to re-imagine the encounter by Lt James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770. Cook's voyage along the Australian east coast has become central to national historical narratives. The exhibition re-envisages this seminal journey by imaginatively exploring moments of contact between two world views during these encounters. It also brings these events into the present by incorporating artists' reflections on their relevance today, and their responses to visits to significant contact locations. Topics such as encounter, impact, differing perspectives, nature and culture and views of country are investigated.
Artists include Bianca Beetson, Michael Cook, Neil Healey, Peter Hudson, Adam Hill, Garth Lena, Gail Mabo, Euan Macleod, Arone Meeks, Reg Mombassa, Gordon Syron, Ann Thomson, Adric Watson, Judy Watson and performer/writers Gemma Cronin, Shane Howard and Neil Murray. Paintings, photographs, videos and three dimensional works are included. The exhibition features a documentary DVD by Jeff McMullen which gives further voice to the artists and records their encounters with significant sites and traditional owners.
To celebrate the opening of East Coast Encounters (ECE) and National Reconciliation Week the ANMM will be hosting a full day of events, performances, panel discussions and an exhibition viewing on Saturday 31 May, with an evening performance/album launch by Neil Murray leading into VIVID. See the whole program and register for the panel discussion.
East Coast Encounter opens at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 9 May 2014 and will travel to regional centres in NSW and QLD. View additional exhibition information including full itinerary.
Purchase a copy of the exhibition catalogue from our online store.
Listen to an interview with Jeff McMullen discussing the documentary.
This project has been developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast and assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.