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East Coast Encounter - Re-imagining the 1770 Encounter

Friday 09 May 2014 to Sunday 24 August 2014


East Coast Encounter is a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters to re-imagine the encounter by Lieutenant James Cook and his crew with Aboriginal people in 1770.

Cook's voyage along the Australian east coast has become central to national historical narratives. The exhibition re-envisages this seminal journey by imaginatively exploring moments of contact between two world views during these encounters. It also brings these events into the present by incorporating artists' reflections on their relevance today, and their responses to visits to significant contact locations.

Topics such as encounter, impact, differing perspectives, nature and culture, and views of country are investigated.

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