The UK/Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Season is a vibrant programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.
Designed to strengthen and build cultural connections, the Season theme is “Who Are We Now?” and will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together. The Season launched in both countries in September 2021.
An Aboriginal-led exhibition that takes visitors on a journey along the epic Seven Sisters Dreaming tracks, through art, Indigenous voices, innovative multimedia and other immersive displays. The Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters project is a world first in scale and complexity.
Songlines are epic Indigenous tales, foundational to the creation of the Australian continent. Songlines, also referred to as Dreaming tracks, are pathways of knowledge that map the routes and activities of Ancestral beings as they travelled across Australia.
About the artist
The National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. It focuses on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and Australian interaction with the environment.
The Box, Plymouth is a new cultural and heritage complex, opened in 2020, which forms the largest museum, art gallery and archive centre in the South West of England. The Box is already becoming renowned for its engaging exhibition programme, which integrates the contemporary and the historic and brings the past to life through the present. It showcases international visual arts and media, as well as Plymouth’s rich heritage through ambitious touring exhibitions, new commissions and the city’s permanent collections. Proudly led by Plymouth City Council, The Box is a partnership with the University of Plymouth, the South West Film and Television Archive, the South West Image Bank and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Margo Neale is Head of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges, Senior Indigenous Curator and Principal Adviser to the Director at the National Museum of Australia. Margo is also an Adjunct Professor in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University.