What's on

11 June 2021 – 20 June 2021

Cooktown & Cape York Expo

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9 October 2020 – 14 February 2021

Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander's Legacy

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22 June 2020 – 31 December 2025

Under Southern Skies

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22 June 2020 – 6 November 2020

HERE: Kupe to Cook

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2 June 2020 – 26 April 2021

Endeavour Voyage: the untold stories of Cook and the First Australians

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Undiscovered: Photographic Works by Michael Cook

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HERE: Kupe to Cook

Exhibition
Free
2 Murray Street Sydney, 2000

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.

 

 

Photograph: HERE: Kupe to Cook exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Under Southern Skies

Exhibition
Free
2 Murray Street Sydney, 2000

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.

 

Image: Constellation by Gail Mabo, 2014. © Gail Mabo / Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2019 ANMM Collection 00054564

Breaking News: Captain Cook in 2020

Exhibition
Free
Art Gallery, 525-531 Ruthven Street Toowoomba City, Toowoomba, 4350

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.

Image: Rew HANKS | Stop! There's no need to shoot the natives 2013 | linocut | edition 22/30 | 75 x 100cm | Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 2331 | Reproduced by kind permission © the artist

Voyage of Discovery: Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium

Exhibition
Free
Australian Parliament House

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.

Image: Banks' Florilegium, Banksia serrata (Proteaceae), 1983. Line engraving by Gabriel Smith (1724-1783) after Sydney Parkinson (c.1745-1771) and John Frederick Miller (1759-1796) Courtesy of Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, ACT. © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum and Alecto.

Legacy of Banks and Solander: Botanical Art Group Exhibition

Exhibition
Free
Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street Acton, 2601

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.

Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander's Legacy

Exhibition
Free
2 Murray Street Sydney, 2000

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.

Defying Empire: Third National Indigenous Art Triennial

Exhibition
Free
2 Murray Street Sydney, 2000

“We defy: By existing; By determining our identity; By asserting our histories; our culture; our language; By telling our stories, our way; By being one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world.” 
 Tina Baum, NGA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

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.

National Gallery of Australia, Vision Australia. National Collecting Institution Touring and Outreach Program, Wesfarmers Arts

Image: Sandra Hill, Double Standards. 2015. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2016 with the support of Warwick Hemsley and The Hon Melissa Parke, to mark Mr Hemsley’s tenure on Council and in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.