State Library’s From Another View Exhibition - Geraldton

Tuesday 02 July 2019
  • An exhibition opens at the Museum of Geraldton exploring the legacy of John Forrest’s 1874 trek in shaping Western and South Australian exploration history.
  • The project contributes to a more balanced and inclusive understanding of Western Australia’s history including perspectives of Aboriginal peoples.
  • Creative responses to the project themes have been developed by Aboriginal artists in three communities and artist Bill Gannon who stopped at locations near the original trek route.

Today at the Museum of Geraldton the third exhibition instalment of the SLWA’s From Another View project opened. The exhibition explores John Forrest’s 1874 expedition into the Western Australian interior, from Champion Bay to Adelaide, by reimagining the history of exploration from multiple community and creative perspectives.

Through art, research and community engagement, From Another View offers new understandings of historical exploration events and the legacy they have had.

The pop up exhibition showcases creative responses to exploration and living on Country by Aboriginal Creative Fellows Yamaji Art, Tjukurba Art Gallery and Wilurarra Creative, alongside Queensland artist Bill Gannon.

The exhibition explores historic and contemporary understandings of people, culture, natural resources and landscapes in the West Australian and South Australian interior, particularly in relation to water.

Yamaji Art have responded to the project theme ‘living and thriving on Country’ by considering Aboriginal traditional cultural knowledge of water. John Forrest also relied on Aboriginal guides Tommy Windich and Tommy Pierre and Aboriginal peoples’ traditional knowledge to find water.

From Another View is a partnership project between the State Library and Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s charitable foundation. *

The exhibitions span three sites: The State Library (7 May – 19 July 2019), Gallery Central, North Metro TAFE (30 May – 22 June 2019) and Museum of Geraldton (3–26 July 2019).

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Media contact: Kym Coolhaas 0417 306 221 or 6552 5400

Last updated on: 10 Sep 2019