Exhibitions

Join the State Library and the Minderoo Foundation in exploring John Forrest’s 1874 trek and unpack the meaning of such concepts as ‘exploration’, ‘colonisation’ and ‘Country’

Centred on Aboriginal peoples’ experiences, From Another View re-frames John Forrest’s 1874 exploratory trek and its enduring legacy in Western Australia. From a Traditional Owners’ perspective, how can you explore something that is already known and has been known for thousands of years?

Like many colonial explorers, John Forrest believed that the interior of Western Australia and South Australia was ‘unknown’. This colonial view led John Forrest to undertake numerous exploratory journeys. His 1874 trek from Geraldton to Adelaide to locate the ‘watershed’ of the Murchison River, is the focus of an educational program and three exhibitions between May and July 2019.

7 May to 20 July 2019

State Library of Western Australia

25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000

This exhibition is built on the research and findings of the From Another View project conducted by the State Library of Western Australia in partnership the Minderoo Foundation. Diary extracts, maps and photographs from the 1874 trek are shown alongside contemporary photographs, community quotes and video footage to develop a more balanced understanding of Western Australia’s shared history.

30 May to 22 June 2019

Gallery Central (Creative Fellows)

12 Aberdeen Street, Perth WA 600

This exhibition will showcase Creative Fellows’ works from Yamaji Art, Tjukurba Art Gallery, Wilurarra Creative and Queensland artist Bill Gannon.

2 to 27 July 2019

Museum of Geraldton (pop-up exhibition)

2 Museum Place, Geraldton WA 6530

The Museum will host a pop-up exhibition with a selection of Creative Fellows’ works.