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Engaging objects

A key part of the Encounters project is the allied Engaging Objects research project. This is a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia, the British Museum and the Australian National University, with the support of the Australian Research Council.

The Engaging Objects project is studying the way in which curators and other museum professionals work with community representatives. It is an 'active' research effort, one that has the capacity to model best practice in cross-cultural program development.

For further information visit the Engaging Objects website.

As part of the Engaging Objects project, a group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Islander artists and curators have joined in a creative examination of the British Museum's Indigenous collections. By October 2013 Julie Gough, Elma Kris, Judy Watson, and Jonathan Jones had visited the collections in London. These artists are creating works that respond to the histories of these collections. Their responses to the collection will encourage new contemplations of these historic collections.  

From left to right: Lissant Bolton, Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Elma Kris, Judy Watson, John Carty, Jay Arthur, Helen Anu, Benita Tunks and Mike Pickering.
Australian National University Artistic Fellows working on the Engaging Objects project in Canberra in July 2013 with curators from the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia (from left): Lissant Bolton, Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Elma Kris, Judy Watson, John Carty, Jay Arthur, Helen Anu, Benita Tunks and Mike Pickering. Courtesy: John Carty.