Connection takes visitors on a journey of discovery across Australia, bringing to life the stories, art, and culture of First Nations peoples through multi-sensory art and dynamic interactivity.
A breathtaking production, Connection uses cutting-edge visual, audio and aroma technologies to transform original artworks from First Nations artists – including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Albert Namatjira, Tommy Watson, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Anna Pitjara and Lin Onus – into a powerfully rich and interactive celebration of Country, culture, and community.
Further captivating the visitor, the musical score includes a blend of traditional ceremonial songs along with contemporary contributions from well-known First Nations artists. The musicians originate from all over Australia – from Northern Victoria to the Central Desert in Utopia, and all the way to Arnhem land and the Torres Strait. Artists featured in Connection include Yothu Yindi, William Barton, Archie Roach, Gurrumul, Alice Skye, Emily Wurramarra and Baker Boy.
FEATURING ARTWORKS FROM OVER 70 OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST NATION ARTISTS
ADAM KNIGHT, WAYNE QUILLIAM
INDIGENOUS ADVISORY PANEL
RHODA ROBERTS AO, ALISON PAGE
CONNECTION - THE EXPERIENCE
The walk-through experience will see visitors explore the spiritual connections to land, water and sky through a vibrant and multisensory symphony of sound, light, colour, and aromas. Grande Experiences’ state-of-the-art technology will be used to create an interactive exhibition space enveloping visitors in large-scale, immersive projections and cinematic surround sound.
The artistic line-up featured in Connection represents the wonderful diversity of Australia’s First Nation peoples, showcasing work from traditional and contemporary artists across the country. This experience honours the vital contribution that First Nation artists make to Australia’s design, arts and cultural landscape.
Connection: Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples was conceived, created and produced by Grande Experiences. It was curated by the team at Grande Experiences along with Aboriginal arts specialist Adam Knight, Indigenous photographic artist Wayne Quilliam and supported by a curatorial advisory panel and leaders in the arts including the National Museum’s lead Indigenous curator and academic Margo Neale, producer, director and arts executive Rhoda Roberts AO and Aboriginal designer and film producer Alison Page.
The creation of Connection is supported through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.