National Museum of Australia will premiere world’s first multi-sensory Indigenous art experience in Canberra

Groups of people viewing colourful, large-scale projections

Connection: Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience explores the spiritual connections to land, water and sky through a vibrant and multi-sensory symphony of sound, light and colour. 

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From Grande Experiences, creators and producers of Van Gogh Alive, the most-visited multi-sensory exhibition in the world, comes the world premiere of a new art experience celebrating the spirit of Indigenous Australia which opens in Canberra in June.

Connection: Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience explores the spiritual connections to land, water and sky through a vibrant and multi-sensory symphony of sound, light and colour. State-of-the-art technology is used to create an immersive exhibition space, enveloping visitors in large-scale projections and cinematic surround sound.

Featuring the work of some of Australia’s most prominent artists such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Albert Namatjira, Tommy Watson, Judy Napangardi Watson and Gloria Petyarre, Connection will blend art and sound with more than 300 images from some 100 artists projected in a dance of colour and light over a specially created exhibition space.

Developed in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, the artistic line-up represents the wonderful diversity of Australia’s First Nations Peoples, showcasing work from traditional and contemporary artists across the country and features a magnificent soundtrack of Indigenous musicians including William Barton, Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Emily Wurramarra and Archie Roach.

Margo Ngawa Neale, National Museum lead Indigenous curator and guest curator on Connection, said, ‘The Museum is known for exploring and sharing First Peoples’ stories globally, for increasing accessibility and for bringing our stories alive. There can be no better way to bring our songlines stories alive than through the awe-inspiring use of sound and light animations of Connection.’

Bruce Peterson, Executive Chairman and Founder of Grande Experiences, said, ‘Visitors will enjoy the unique opportunity to submerge themselves in the art, history, spirit and vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture. We could not be more excited and prouder to be partnering with the esteemed National Museum of Australia to bring an exclusive experience of this kind to the nation’s capital.’

Connection: Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience
Exhibition dates 8 June – 9 October 2022
Costs apply

The National Museum of Australia is a CSO Cultural Partner

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