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The stories in the Encounters exhibition are important for all Australians. Our curators have been recording the views of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across Australia, as they share their thoughts about objects, museums, history and cultural identity.

Articulate responses

Computer generated illustration of the Aboriginal flag.

Visitors to our Encounters exhibition in Canberra recorded their impressions through writing, drawing, recording or photography in our Articulate app.

Browse Articulate responses here

Responses by Indigenous artists

Unsettled: Stories within

In Unsettled: Stories within, five leading Indigenous Australian artists responded to Encounters. The artists – Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Judy Watson, Elma Kris and Wukun Wanambi – produced unique works of art that provided a creative examination of objects on display in Encounters.

Explore the Unsettled website

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Ian Garratt
04 Jul 2015 11:27am

Fantastic concept, process, objects and stories.
I first learned of the British Museum Indigenous Australia Enduring Civilisation exhibition on Radio National, I heard no mention of the Encounters project.
Recently I recieved the book of that exhibition, purchased online at;
It was in the Directors Foreward of his book where I first learned the National Musuem of Australias' "related exhibition".
British Museum Director, Neil MacGregor, continues;
"This will be the first time that these objects have been exhibited there since they were collected. The British Museum acknowledges that for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples, this return will be of high cultural and symbolic significance."
As he says "return" not 'loan', will any of these British held objects remain in Australia?
As a non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian person, this "return" "is of high cultural and symbolic significance" for me as well.
I highly recommend this book to all those learning about Australia and interested in the related Encounters project, and I look forward to similar and better quality Australian publications.
My view is that we deserve such publications in all libraries and curriculums in Australia.
I can't wait to hear more about the Encounters project, exhibitions and events.
I will be visiting the exhibition as soon as I can. 


Paul Bong - Bindur Bullin
01 May 2015 12:10pm

I am excited on the Encounters Exhibition i hope there will be more to come like this one , it will unearth the 60,000 years of silence and bring to the public new and refreshing information that will help them learn and understand about the objects that will be on display , it will be like walking back in time from 2015 to 1788 to 60,000 years ago this exhibition Will be one of a first encounters for Australia. Thanks to Both Museums for this Up and coming Encounter Exhibition.