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Appeal closed

Thank you to all our donors who have helped us reach our fundraising target of $40,000. This appeal is now closed.

Celebration through music

To mark its 20th birthday the Museum commissioned renowned classical guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan to compose 20 short pieces of music inspired by objects from the Museum’s collection.

This composition's working title was The Australia Suite. With the support of our donor community, This is us:  A musical reflection of Australia was performed for the first time at a concert to celebrate the Museum’s birthday in 2021 at the National Museum in Canberra.

The Australia Suite behind the scenes 03:50

Join Slava Grigoryan as he tells us about the creative process behind the composition and shares how objects from the Museum's collection have informed and inspired their Museum commission.

Fundraising target reached

Your generous donations have enabled us to support the costs of the composition and will see us:

  • Deliver live performances of The Australia Suite to be held at the Museum in Canberra and then in regional centres around the country.
  • Support recordings by the ABC to be distributed and shared with audiences online here in Australia and beyond.
  • Support discussion panels with the Grigoryan Brothers, exploring the music and the inspiration behind it.

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Help the National Museum of Australia to enrich the cultural life of Australians.

Donor recognition

Donations of $50 or more will be acknowledged in The Museum magazine and on this website. Donors can choose to remain anonymous.

Explore our other appeals

Defining Symbols of Australia Appeal

Donations to this appeal enable transport and curatorial support for this exhibition as it travels across Australia.

Encounters Fellowships Appeal

Donations to this Fellowship Program helps support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural leaders of the future.

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