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 – 30 September 2020

ANMM Cook and the Pacific exhibition

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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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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.

Cooktown & Cape York Expo

Expo
Free
TBC

Cooktown & Cape York expo 2021 - cooktownexpo.com.au

Visit the Cooktown & Cape York Expo – The Rising Tide, which will be held from 11 – 20 June 2021, and will focus on ‘reconciliation, regeneration and economic recovery’, putting a spotlight on the history, adventure, culture and natural beauty of Cooktown and Cape York. The ten-day expo will kick off with the free Reconciliation Rocks music festival – featuring artists such as Busby Marou, Troy Cassar-Daley and Mau Power – followed by a week-long regional showcase and business expo, and finishing with the much-anticipated Discovery Festival weekend.

Poster for Cooktown and Cape York expo 2021 - The Rising Tide, 11 - 20 June 2021

Discover Endeavour

Online
Free
Online

Dive into Endeavour archives at the National Library of Australia. There is a treasure trove of books, images, journals, articles, maps and much more about Captain Cook, HMB Endeavour and the story of the voyage to Australia.

Virtual Endeavour

Online
Free
Online

Take a virtual tour of replica ship, HMB Endeavour—the vessel James Cook sailed on his first Pacific voyage. Explore each deck of the ship and learn what life was like on-board.

Undiscovered: Photographic Works by Michael Cook

Online
Free
Online

See this series of works that questions who really ‘discovered’ Australia while making reference to what was always here, what has been introduced and the impact it had on who was already here.

 

Image: Undiscovered #9. © Michael Cook, ANMM Collection 00054256, reproduced courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and licenced for use by the Museum

NLA Cook and the Pacific exhibition

Online
Free
Online

The exhibition may be closed but you can still follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages online. With a number of key elements available online you can navigate and explore through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met. 

 

The Florilegium and Parliament House

Online
Free
Online

Australian Parliament House and its grounds are filled with artistic expressions of Australia’s history, culture and landscape.

This online experience gives you a unique opportunity to explore in fine detail the exquisite artworks associated with Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, an extraordinary documentation of the plant life of the east coast of Australia, collected by Banks on the Endeavour’s Pacific voyage (1768 to 1771). 

Artworks include the marquetry panels in the Parliament House Marble Foyer and the Florilegium itself, held in the Parliament House Art Collection. The high-resolution imagery will let you explore the works as never before, while highlighting relationships between the Florilegium, Parliament House and original specimens collected by Banks along the east coast of Australia.