East Coast Encounter

Re-imagining the 1770 encounter

Indigenous woman wearing 18th century period dress, holding her hand up with an Australian Rainbow Lorikeet flying and a ship under sail in the background

Broken Dreams #3, 2010 by Michael Cook, Courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer & Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects

Exhibition website
  • About


    East Coast Encounter is a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal 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 AM which gives further voice to the artists and records their encounters with significant sites and traditional owners.


    Visit the East Coast Encounter exhibition website to find out more about the exhibition. 

    The exhibition is currently travelling to regional centres in NSW and QLD.

     View the full itinerary and dates.

    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.

     University of the Sunshine Coast  Queensland Government coat of arms Australian Government Coat of Arms with the Australia Council for the Arts logo 
     Sunshine Coast Regional Council  Museum & Gallery Services Queensland  
  • Tour Dates

    Tour Dates

    Natures Powerhouse, Cooktown
    11 June - 19 September 2016

    Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville
    23 September - 30 October 2016

    Caboolture Regional Gallery
    19 November 2016 - 21 January 2017

    University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery
    16 February 2017 - 25 March 2017

    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
    28 Apr 2017 - 17 June 2017

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