Connection takes visitors on a journey of discovery across Australia, bringing to life the stories, art, and culture of First Nation peoples through multi-sensory art and dynamic interactivity.
A breath-taking production, Connection uses cutting-edge light, sound, and aroma technology to transform original artworks from First Nation artists such as Tommy Watson, Anna Pitjara and Gabriella Possum, 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.
FEATURING ARTWORKS FROM OVER 70 OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST NATION ARTISTS
CURATORIAL ADVISORY PANEL:
ADAM KNIGHT, WAYNE QUILLIAM, MARGO NEALE, ALISON PAGE, RHODA ROBERTS AO
NATIONAL MUSEUM AUSTRALIA
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 was developed and supported by a curatorial advisory panel of experts and leaders in the arts including producer, director and arts executive Rhoda Roberts AO, Indigenous photographic artist Wayne Quilliam, Aboriginal arts specialist Adam Knight and National Museum lead Indigenous curator Margo Neale. The National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Reference Group have also been strong supporters for the creation of the experience including members John-Paul Janke and Alison Page.
The creation of Connection is supported through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.