Unsettled at The Australian Museum

Sat 22nd May, 2021 – Thu 27th January, 2022
The Australian Museum
1 William Street, Sydney
First Nations voices speak of resilience, survival and unceded land via historical documents, large-scale artworks and immersive experiences at this free exhibition.

The story of Australia's foundation, told from a First Nations perspective, is at the centre of Unsettled, a new exhibition at the Australian Museum. Historical documents, large-scale artworks, immersive experiences and objects from the Australian Museum collection are used to tell the story of First Nations resilience and survival since 1770.

The exhibition includes 190 objects and images, ranging from accounts of the fires lit by Aboriginal people to signal to others that Captain Cook was sailing up Australia's east coast, to documents demonstrating the resistance and strength they have shown since colonisation in 1788. First-hand objects, as well as contemporary works by artists such as Tony Albert and Charlotte Allingham, delve into the ongoing impacts of colonisation and the Indigenous fight for recognition.

Unsettled – which is led by Indigenous curators – seeks to challenge how the stories and histories of First Nations people are explored by institutions such as the Australian Museum. To understand what themes and concepts to cover, the museum's First Nations curators spoke to 2500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who reflected on what they would like to see from such an exhibition.

From 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.

Exhibition tours with First Nations guides also run every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am, 12pm and 1.30pm. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $12.50 for children.

More information here.