Community through outreach
Defining the Symbols of Australia is a travelling exhibition from the National Museum that explores our affinity to iconic Australian symbols such as Uluru, the national flag, wattle, vegemite and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The exhibition is based on our 2009 show Symbols of Australia which also toured across the country.
The Museum will travel digital panels depicting each symbol. Venues will then look to their own collections to add objects and works of art that explore how these symbols relate to their local community. In this way the new exhibition will be a collaborative venture between the Museum and the regional venue.
Your donation will:
- Support regional galleries by providing a core exhibition from which they can create a bespoke show to reflect their own community.
- Enable Museum curators to visit and work alongside regional counterparts to create and install the exhibition.
In 2009 the Museum’s Symbols of Australia toured the nation and encouraged visitors to explore the diversity of Australian symbology: the official and the popular, the organic and the imposed, the natural and the man-made, the old and the new.
More than a decade later Defining the Symbols of Australia will build on the original iteration by looking at how Australian symbolism and our perceptions have changed. How do we react to the symbols today? What might we choose as an alternative? How important are these symbols to our national identity?
We would like to thank and acknowledge our donors to the Defining the Symbols of Australia Appeal, including those who would like to remain anonymous.
Donors $1,000–$9,999: Margaret Anderson, Kylie Winkworth, Suzanne Maple-Brown
Donors $50–$999: Alex and Linda Church, John and Danielle Hyndes OAM, Chris Lord, Alan Rose, Jennifer Van Der Korput, Gabrielle Watt, Robin Long, Philip Roper, Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt, Helen Harvie, Dr Joseph Johnson OAM, Nicolson Family, Constantinos and Dimitra Nikias, Dr Rosemary Nixon AM, Lynette Philipson, Sanya Ritchie, Joan Ten Brummelaar, Dr Christine Biggs, Eveline Milne, Marylou Pooley, Rob Lundie, Justice Richard Refshauge and Barbara Refshauge