Take a journey through this exhibition by the National Museum of Australia, where you will hear stories from the sea and the shore.
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See a range of artworks by twenty leading Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian contemporary artists who investigate the long and varied histories of South Pacific voyaging – from Kupe to the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1769.
Visit the new gallery that explores the story of navigation and voyaging around Australia. From the observation of the transit of Venus, to the importance of the night sky in Torres Strait Islander navigation and voyaging – planets and stars unite the long history of all navigators around Australia.
Captain James Cook’s three historic voyages across the Pacific Ocean 1768-1780 are breaking news – especially in Australia this year. New information, interpretations and images about his voyages make them not simply past events but also currently occurring and developing stories. This exhibition showcases original engravings from the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection’s extensive holdings of Cook literature as well as contemporary artworks that present alternative and Indigenous views of Cook’s voyages.
Art and science collide in our celebration of Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, an extraordinary documentation of the plant life of the east coast of Australia, undertaken on the Endeavour’s Voyage of Discovery.
The exhibition coincides with the 250th anniversary year of the Endeavour expedition to Australia, the International Year of Plant Health and National Science Week.
To comply with COVIDSafe measures, bookings are essential for visits to Parliament House.
The exhibition will run from 18 August until 8 November 2020 and forms part of the free guided tour of Parliament House. Alternatively, you may wish to see the exhibition as part of the paid-for art and furniture collections guided tour.
This exhibition of botanical art focuses on plant species collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander during their voyage to Australia 250 years ago as well as the many other species of banksias. Legacy of Banks and Solander is on display in the Visitors Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.
This exhibition commemorates the legacy of the Endeavour botanist Daniel Solander and the first encounter between Sweden and the Pacific Region. It features fine art prints by ten leading contemporary New Zealand artists selected to bring a unique vision to this historical event and Solander’s legacy.
It will also feature Australian Indigenous scientific knowledge as a framework to explore engravings of botanical specimens collected in Australia by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander from the national maritime collection. These exquisite coloured engravings, entitled Banks Florilegium, transport the viewer from New Zealand along the Australian coastline in 1770. They were published in the early 1980s from voyage artist drawings.
From the National Gallery of Australia, Defying Empire commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. It explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism to the present day. The exhibition will be hosted by the Australian National Maritime Museum from 25 November 2020 to 7 February 2021.