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Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions: exhibition launch

Jack Thompson, the Hon. Jenny Macklin, Shane Mortimer, Christine Harms and Andrew Sayers

Inside: Life in Children’s Homes series, 15 November 2011

Actor Jack Thompson makes an impassioned plea for continuing recognition at the Inside exhibition launch, followed by Minister Jenny Macklin and a performance of Eagles Wings written and sung by Christine Harms.

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children

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Mick Gooda joins the conversation

Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

28 October 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda will share his views on Indigenous governance and representation, and the provision of services to the community following the closure of ATSIC.

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art, collection, indigenous

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Off the walls: Art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Agencies 1967-2005: Exhibition launch

Andrew Sayers, Paul House and Peter Yu

27 October 2011

Peter Yu opens Off the Walls: Art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Agencies 1967–2005, an exhibition about Indigenous art and the politics and history of a time of great change in Indigenous affairs.

art, collection, indigenous

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Landmarks: behind the scenes with conservators

Ainslie Greiner, Carmela Mollica, Nicki Smith and Daniel Oakman

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 20 October 2011

Following a background to the Landmarks gallery by Daniel Oakman, three of the Museum’s conservators shared the techniques and process used to prepare, treat and install the Kenya station windmill, one of the Springfield dresses, and Phar Lap’s heart.

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conservation, exhibition

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Contemporary Chinese art

Fan Di'an, Director, National Art Museum of China

30 September 2011

Fan Di’an, a leading figure in Chinese contemporary art, provided an introduction to the A New Horizon exhibition and discussed Chinese art over the past 60 years, including significant artists and movements.

art, culture

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Exhibition launch: A New Horizon: Contemporary Chinese Art

Fan Di'an, Chen Yuming, Dennis Richardson and Andrew Sayers

29 September 2011

Fan Di’an, Director of the National Art Museum of China, Chen Yuming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China and Dennis Richardson, Secretary to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, open the exhibition that examines Chinese art since 1949.

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art, culture

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Exhibition launch: Bipotaim: Stories from the Torres Strait

Pedro Stephen, Agnes Shea, Alisa Duff and Andrew Sayers

13 September 2011

Pedro Stephen, mayor of the Torres Shire Council, opens the exhibition of photographs by David Callow complemented by objects from the National Museum’s collections that share stories about the lives, culture and identity of Torres Strait Islanders.

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culture, indigenous, photography

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Life inside Westbrook Children’s Home, from the perspective of a survivor

Alfred Fletcher and Adele Chynoweth

Inside: Life in Children’s Homes series, 1 September 2011

Al Fletcher discusses with Adele Chynoweth his experiences at Westbrook as told to Cheryl Jorgensen in Brutal: surviving Westbrook Boys Home. His story is one of many that will be included in the upcoming exhibition Inside: Life in Children’s Homes.

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children, memory

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In Memory of Malawan presented by Ian Dunlop

Ian Dunlop, Pip Deveson and Dr Peter Thorley

5 August 2011

Following a screening of In Memory of Malawan, film-makers Ian Dunlop and Pip Deveson discuss the filming of the rituals for the funeral of Aboriginal clan leader Malawan over a two-week period in the early 1970s.

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ceremony, indigenous

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How ethical is Australia?

Peter Singer

Platform Conversations, 15 July 2011

Peter Singer is Australia’s best-known philosopher. Once labelled the most dangerous man on the planet, in this lecture facilitated by Jenny Brockie, he examines how well Australia is performing as a global citizen.

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environment, ethics, philosophy, politics

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