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Encounters generated rich discussions and debates about the nature of Australia’s colonial history and the stewardship of museums in holding Indigenous materials linked to these histories.

New Encounters conference

The international New Encounters conference discussed critical issues and ideas about Indigenous communities, historical collections and museums. It explored connections between collections and place, and museums and communities – past, present and future. 

Conference video and audio

Public panel discussion

Hosted by ABC RN presenter Geraldine Doogue, this panel featured speakers from the First Peoples of Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Scandinavia, who presented at the New Encounters conference. The panel shared views on ‘how encounters can change the world in which we live’.   

Listen to this discussion on ABC RN’s website

Art workshops

Talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists presented workshops and undertook residencies at the National Museum in Canberra as part of the Encounters exhibition.

More on the artists' visits

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