Connection takes visitors on a journey of discovery across Australia, bringing to life the Songlines, art and culture of our First Nations peoples through a multi-sensory digital display.
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.
In this spectacular immersive experience, visitors are drawn into Country. The projections will expand the visitors vision and the sounds will touch your soul. Here, they will sense the power of Country and the power of art to speak for Country.
FEATURING ARTWORKS FROM OVER 110 OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST NATIONS VISUAL AND MUSICAL ARTISTS, THE OLDEST CULTURAL ART FORM IN THE WORLD
ADAM KNIGHT, WAYNE QUILLIAM
INDIGENOUS ADVISORY GROUP
RHODA ROBERTS AO, ALISON PAGE
INDIGENOUS ADVISORY PANEL
KATE CONSTATINE, SARRITA KING
CONNECTION - THE EXPERIENCE
The immersive 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.
Interactive and interpretive areas enhance the digital gallery experience. Each provides an informative and educational component to complement the multi-sensory visitor journey and offers an engaging way to learn more about the experience.
The indigenous tradition of Acknowledgement of Country introduces the experience, forming part of the custom of strangers seeking permission to enter a Custodian's Country.
Connection also features an area of original art; a collection of physical artworks by First Nations artists.
Artplay is an interactive area of projections that seamlessly adapt to the slightest movements of the visitor.
Connection 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. Grande was supported by a curatorial advisory panel and leaders in the arts, including:
- Margo Ngawa Neale, clan-affiliated with the Gumbaynggirr, Kulin and Wiradjuri Peoples, is the National Museum’s lead Indigenous curator and academic
- Rhoda Roberts AO, member of the Bundjalung Nation, Widjabul/ Wiebal clan, is a producer, director and arts executive
- Alison Page, a Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman, designer and film producer.
The creation of Connection is supported through our partners:
Curatorial Partner Curatorial Partner
National Museum of Australia
The creation of Connection is supported through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund - an Australian Govenment initiative