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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Encounters featured rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum that were collected from 1770 onwards. This unique exhibition revealed the voices, emotions and stories connected to these powerful objects.

The meaning of objects

Henrietta Marrie, a Gimuy Walabura Yidinji Elder, talks about what it means to have some of the objects that were taken from her traditional lands, return to Australia for the Encounters exhibition.

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The Encounters exhibition won two 2016 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA):

  • Award for Best Major Temporary Exhibition
  • Co-Winner of the Best Museum Project Overall

Museums and Art Galleries National Awards


Top left image: Vernon Ah Kee, cantchant (shield) 2015 (detail, reverse view), depicting the artist’s great-grandfather, George Sibley. Collection: National Museum of Australia. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.